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7th August 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
In the (hopefully) August sunshine, we will once again be starting up the engines of some of our live aircraft. You will be able to enjoy the sound of the big piston engines and Cold War jets.
The provisional schedule for our August Thunder Day has now been decided. As ever, with these old aircraft engines, we rely on the continual attention and care of our expert team of volunteer engineers, plus of course, the cooperation of the aircraft themselves!
All timings are therefore in the optimistic view that on a sunny August Sunday, the old engines will enjoy springing into life for everyone.
10.30 – SE5 engine runs. Our historic SE5 will be running in the careful hands of our volunteers, with a great opportunity to photograph them in authentic period pilots clothing, making an atmospheric picture.
10.45 – Eastchurch Kitten engine runs. The tiny and aptly named Eastchurch Kitten will be running the tiny flat twin engine. The world’s first example of a single use aircraft, she was designed to shoot down the huge WW1 Zeppelins, but never saw service.
11.00 – C47 Dakota. Everyone loves seeing the big radial engines of the Dakota running. The huge Pratt and Whitney radials make a lovely sound.
11.15 – De Havilland Devon. She’s been a little temperamental this season, but the skills and perseverance of our engineers mean that she’s now running far better. Everyone loves the smoky startup from those inverted engines.
11.30 – Nimrod engine run. Our Nimrod has been relatively quiet this season, so this will be the first of two engine runs on the day. What the ground crew go through the start up sequence as the big jets come to life.
12.30 – Fire Activity – a chance for the kids to operate the powerful fire hose of our Pathfinder airport firefighter. What could possibly go wrong? Parents stand back!
12 – 1.30pm – Lunch. Enjoy some lunch in the NAAFI or bring a picnic, then take some time to have a stroll around the Museum exhibits before the noise starts once again.
13.30 – C47 Dakota. A second chance to enjoy a big radial engines running. Our Dakota has a long and famous history, so it’s great to see her still enjoying some activity.
14.00 – SE5 and Kitten. Both of our old biplanes running together. A great chance to take some photos of the two aircraft together. Don’t forget to slow the shutter speed for the propellors!
14.15 – Victor Engine Runs. Time to break out the serious ear defenders, as cotton wool just won’t be enough. Everyone loves the Victor engine runs. just when you think it couldn’t get any louder, the team start another engine…
14.45 – Nimrod Engine Run. Not to be outdone by the Victor, our Nimrod team spin up the Cold War Jet engines for a second time on the same day.
15.15 – Fire team Demonstration. Our in house Fire Team are the people that ensure the safety of the engineers and also our visitors. It’s with thier assistance that we are able to run these big aircraft and allow visitors to experience them up close. Their demonstration shows the power of the Pathfinder system and also how they extract a casualty from the tight confines of a jet.
16.00 – END. Hopefully your ears won’t be ringing too much, so enjoy a safe drive home.
Adult : £12
Concession : £10
Children Under 5 : Free
Children 5-15 yrs : £5
Family (2 adults, 3 children) : £30