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stef51
09-12-2006, 11:40 AM
Hi anyone went there during the last years?

http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/hist/battle_of_Britain/battle_e.asp


If so, 2 questions:

1---The flyby by the planes, are they close enough to get good pictures with a digital camera with mediocre zoom?

2---After the ceremony, are we allowed to talk to the veterans or take pictures of them? I'd like very much to at least shake their hand but overall by reading what's going to happen I fear that the veterans will be 'off-limit' to the public...

Thanks for reading.... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Stephen

jensenpark
09-16-2006, 09:58 PM
Originally posted by stef51:
Hi anyone went there during the last years?

http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/hist/battle_of_Britain/battle_e.asp


If so, 2 questions:

1---The flyby by the planes, are they close enough to get good pictures with a digital camera with mediocre zoom?

2---After the ceremony, are we allowed to talk to the veterans or take pictures of them? I'd like very much to at least shake their hand but overall by reading what's going to happen I fear that the veterans will be 'off-limit' to the public...

Thanks for reading.... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Stephen

sorry for the late reply:

I've gone to a couple of these. They did a Spit fly past one year, and the Lanc (out of Hamilton) in 2004.
Both you had plenty of opportunity to take good pics.

Lots and lots and lots of vets wondering around. Huge amount of opportunity to meet and chat with them. Many I met are very open to chatting - an appreciate the chance to be recognized for their contribution - and to share their stories.

Get there at least 1 to 1 1/2 hour early though for both parking and best positioning for pics.

Hanglands
09-17-2006, 07:03 AM
I didnt realise there was another airworthy Lancaster (apart from the BBMF one here in the UK).

Thats made my day, knowing there are actually twice as many as I thought there were. Thanks! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

VW-IceFire
09-17-2006, 08:15 AM
Originally posted by Hanglands:
I didnt realise there was another airworthy Lancaster (apart from the BBMF one here in the UK).

Thats made my day, knowing there are actually twice as many as I thought there were. Thanks! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
Check this out: http://www.warplane.com/pages/aircraft_lancaster.html

This particular Lancaster does flights all summer long. I heard her yesterday...only caught a glimpse between the trees but the Lanc was flying yesterday. Its a beautiful aircraft and its so nice to see it in the air. The last flypast I witnessed could be felt as much as heard...the noise and power from those four engines are so impressive.

Hanglands
09-17-2006, 08:37 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif Thanks for that.... And with shark-mouth engine cowling too!

One or two very nice little photos there.

stef51
09-17-2006, 05:14 PM
Thanks for the reply guys. Just came back from it. Since I have a el Cheapo camera, the pics aren't so great. However, one of my friend has a much better one and I will upload the pics in this thread as soon as I get them...

Things were somewhat different this year. Veterans and family were allowed the museum's parking while others like me had to park somewhere else. But we had shuttles with Greyhound type buses to go to the ceremony so that was great.

Seems like there were only 27 veterans from WWII at the ceremony and 6 left from the Battle of Britain, from 103 in 1940.

It was a fascinating ceremony and I'm glad I was able to "participate" in it. Very nice of them to allow us to work around the ceremony location to photograph them.

Unusual bit. There were 2 groups of young cadets there and they were "stand at attention" and after half a hour, more and more of them had to leave because of intense heat. Did not like that, I thought it was asking too much for them. One of the officer's job was to constantly check them until one almost collapses and then was brought back to the base with other officers/cadets and sometimes by a man in Black... the man was creepy... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Anyway, for those not asleep now, there were plenty of infos concerning the planes there. At the ceremony, there was a Harvard only and a Flak gun.

At one point during the ceremony, the big surprise: A Big Lancaster with a Spitfire and Hurricane at right and a P-51 and Hurricane at left. A Griffon helico , Aurora and 2 F-18s closed the Flypast.

Later, the Lancaster came back alone and 5 minutes later, the 4 fighters made another past then one after another landed. The planes then parked and we heard that the veterans only would be allowed to go see them.. I'm a veteran Hurri from Il2 but that was not enough it seems.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

The Hurricane IIC, Spitfire and P-51 are from the Mr. Potter Vintage aircrafts and I think the other Hurri IIb was from the Russel group.

So there you have it. Something to remember forever. Apparently, Mr. Potter wants to do something very big in 2009 with his aircrafts so things look great...

Like I said good pics should arrive very soon I hope... Thanks for reading!

Stephen