In preparation for forthcoming events and heralding the start of the new season, we will be moving some of our aircraft around the site this coming Sunday, 6th March. This will involve taking the ‘big jets’, the Handley Page Victor V-Bomber / K2 Tanker and the Nimrod MR2 out onto the airfield, whilst other aircraft are moved. So, our aircraft tugs, led by ‘Tugmeister’ Brian Watmough will be in action, and these have been restored into working condition by Brian himself.
But that is not the end to the excitement, as the day will also feature one of our regular ‘anti – det’ runs of the engines on the Victor and Nimrod. The term is an abbreviation for anti-deterioration, as aircraft engines, like all things mechanical, need regular running to ensure they remain in good working condition. So the mighty Rolls Royce Conway and Spey engines of the Victor and Nimrod respectively will be started up during the early afternoon, after they have been brought back onto site.
The start ups will take place under the watchful eye of the Fire Team of both their crews and our volunteer Fire Team, giving visitors a great chance to to see genuine aircraft handling procedures, much as they would be in actual service. Most members of the teams are in fact ex Nimrod and Victor ground and air crew, so they are keeping their professional skills honed and alive, whilst providing an enthusiastic public with a great deal of entertainment.
So, come along and enjoy the action! Admission is at the normal rate of £7 Adults, £5 Seniors and £4 Children, and the Family ticket at £18 for 2 Adults and up to 3 children. (Under 5’s Free), so this is a great value day!