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Visit to RAF Coningsby
Saturday 15th June saw a small group of six cars -
Coningsby is a fully operational airbase active in the role of national defence. It is home to two frontline, combat-
In a packed day we learned about the base’s current operations and got up close and personal with the cockpit of a Typhoon (with the electronic systems engaged) to be given a quick lesson in how it flew and the armaments it carried. In fact the aircraft is so complex that it is not ‘flown’ in the analogue sense, with computers constantly tuning the flight for stability and automatically defending plane with chaff etc. should it be attacked -
Sitting in the open hanger here was a photo-
On the historic front were treated to an Avro Lancaster warming up its four engines getting ready for take-
Later we visited the Aviation Heritage Centre which traces the evolution of the aircraft operating from the base -
We then returned to the huge BBMF hanger where the historic aircraft are stored and maintained. It was a garage that would have made any enthusiast’s dreams come true. We were given a talk on both the Spitfires and Hurricanes lined up along the sides of the hanger and walked around the planes in for routine maintenance and repair.
It was hard to leave but we were running out of time, so after a quick BBQ we were just in time to see the Lancaster buzz the airfield and land on its return. We thanked our hosts, said our farewells and were escorted off the airbase.
A final thanks to Tom for organising the day and to Commander, Group Captain Mark Flewin for his hospitality and the time he spent with us. We all enjoyed ourselves immensely and learned a lot about the bases modern operations as well as being lucky to get up close to some fantastic historical aircraft.