Sunday 6th April is our first Thunder Day of the 2014 season, where we will be aiming to fire up all our live aircraft for a feast of sight and, of course, sound!!
The aircraft are the rare, newly restored EastChurch Port Victoria kitten WWI experimental interceptor; the WWI Royal aircraft Factory SE5a fighter; the magnificent WWII Douglas DC3 Dakota. Sadly, the De Havilland Devon is unserviceable at present, as one of the engines has had to be removed for repair, but every effort will be made in the time remaining to get it running again.
The jets are of course the Yorkshire built Blackburn Buccaneer XN974 Royal Naval Ais Service / Fleet Air Arm prototype; the impressive “Mighty Hunter” Nimrod MR2 XV250 will be flexing her Speys and, last, but by no means least, the ever popularVictor V-Bomber / K2 Tanker “Lusty Lindy” XL231 will be giving vent to the awesome Conways!
The engine runs are static, apart from the Buccaneer, which wil conduct a short taxi and demonstrate its control surface movements, all under power, for the benefit of the crowds. It is also hoped that, following some work on the braking system, the Douglas Dakota will make its first short taxi, in preparation and testing for a full runway run at some point in the future, which is the ultimate aim of this incredible restoration project. Few would have believed our team would have brought the rather sorry looking aircraft we took into our care in 2001 into the engine running condition and well fitted out machine that it is today, a true testament to the skill and dedication of our volunteers.
It is fitting that this step of the project takes place on this day, as, in another aspect of the day, we will be welcoming some 14 Normandy veterans, of different services, together with a similar number of Bomber Command veterans, for a special signing event run by Aces High. (See their website www.aces-high.com under News to see this amazing list of heroes.) Signing will be by paid for voucher, available on the day. This is seperate to the Museum admission.
So, the event promises to be a marvellous start to our new season and we look forward to seeing you there.
Note: Due to the noise of the engine runs, the event may not be suitable for dogs.