RAF Cranwell Fly-in Day

The NFS turned out with three vehicles to RAF Cranwell for their Flying Club Fly-in Day in aid to the Air Ambulance.

We were privileged to be invited to arrive on the Saturday afternoon, so we could see one of the Spitfires arrive. It was due in at 8pm, and the light was fading fast. There were 7 of us at the edge of the runway, with a squadron leader and his wife, and three members of the flying club – just a dozen of us – and the Spitfire came in, did a couple of passes and a turn or two. In fact, a flying display just for us! How special is that?

The Spitfire landed, and we had the opportunity to get the fire engines really close (using wheel chocks to make sure we didn’t inadvertently get too close!) A great photo session followed, and then John took the K2 and the children back home whilst three others stayed overnight in College Hall.

The following morning, we had a photo session outside College Hall, before the Fly-in started proper. We did a TL drill, and a little later, a pump drill. Both were well appreciated by the small crowd present. We had a lovely day, before the rain arrived later in the afternoon. The TL and the Fordson are safely tucked up in a hangar ready for Rauceby War Weekend over the bank holiday.

About lowdhamstation

I am a director of a small (and very technical) business, a committed Christian, a Reader (and preacher) in my local village church, husband to my dear Frances, am interested in heritage railways, and heritage fire engines. I currently run a group that displays wartime and early post-war fire engines at 1940s re-enacting events and steam engine rallies. O yes, and vintage cars and motorbikes, and we live in a Victorian railway station.
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