The popular Lanc, Tank & Military Machines event returned to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre over the late May bank holiday weekend.

 

Following its stunning performance at last year's event, the M-36 Jackson Tank Destroyer Easy Tiger returned with a second example to demonstrate their abilities with display firings on both days. Each firing was swiftly followed by concussive blasts from these most impressive WWII tanks. Whilst both tanks are based in Lincolnshire, Easy Tiger represents one of the 1400 examples produced for service from September 1944 in the European Theatre of Operations during the Second World War. The M36 design went on to see combat during the Korean War of 1950-1953 and remained in service with European countries such as Yugoslavia and Croatia until the mid-1990s.

 

In addition to the tank destroyer, dotted around the museum site could be a found a variety of other military machines, and always popular with the photographers, a number of living history groups who greatly added to the atmosphere of the event. 

 

Sadly, the flying element of the event (Monday only) was cancelled due to appalling weather conditions across much of the United Kingdom. The flying display would have included Sally B, the sole airworthy B-17 Flying Fortress in Europe, plus examples of aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Hardwick Warbirds with one of their P-51 Mustangs. 

 

This event continues to grow in popularity, size and stature every year. Despite the cancellation of this year's flying content, the 2017 event is highly anticipated.