Summer in England 2018 – part 1


Finally made it back to England to see the kids after a crappy start to the year where I had to skip the trip over the winter.

It had been a very warm summer in the UK and when I got there it was 35 degrees and everything was so dry!

Anyways – onwards to the pictures!

The traditional hire car photo! Ford Focus – was really nice to drive.

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This year, my daughter was busy with a summer camp and couldn’t come, so it was a boys fortnight!

So, what better to do then to go to iconic Battle of Britain airfield RAF Biggin Hill and see some Spitfires and sit in one.

A half hour drive to Heritage Hangers where Spitfires are lovingly restored and regularly flown (for a minor fortune, one can take a trip in a converted 2 seater Spitfire – omg, lottery win wherefor art tho!)   We couldnt stretch to that, but we did book a ‘sit in’ the Spitfire tour.

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The 2 seater – we watched as a lucky passenger was taken up and out to fly over the White Cliffs of Dover.  What a noise that Merlin engine makes.

For the story of this plane – go here! https://bigginhillheritagehangar.co.uk/spitfire-mj627

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Single seater being worked on.DSCF5713DSCF5707

Tiny spotter plane – I think my motorbike has a bigger engine!DSCF5716

Inside the hangar – a Spit is being worked on – including having the undercarriage tested DSC_0101DSCF5717

Mk1 ready for restorationDSCF5720

Another 2 seater.DSCF5721DSCF5723

2 seater in the process of being restoredDSCF5724

The workshop – rivet by rivet restoration.  All the original parts are on the shelves.DSCF5725

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Spanish made Messerschmitt ME109DSCF5733DSCF5737

The true hero of the RAF Battle of Britain – the Hawker Hurricane..overshadowed by the more glamorous Spitfire, but this was by all accounts the superior fighter.

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Yours truly sitting in the cockpit of the ‘Spirit of KentDSCF5743

Henry being helped in.  It’s not that easy to clamber in!DSC_0117

Yeah, I reckon this was a good day out!DSC_0120DSC_0123

The cockpit.DSC_0125DSC_0127DSC_0128DSC_0132

Highly recommended day out – not super cheap but an amazing experience with knowledgeable people who love their jobs.

How can you not like Spitfires!

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