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Members Day update

Annual Members’ Day 2018 – Saturday 29th September

With Members’ Day fast approaching this Saturday, we have put together all the information you will need to enjoy your day with The Flight next weekend. Please feel free to print this email and bring it with you on the day.

Gate opening time: 10am.

We are aware that some Members like to arrive early. If you do, please form an orderly queue starting at the gate at the entrance to the BBMF Visitor Centre on Dogdyke Road. Please be aware that there is no footpath on sections on this road and the ground is uneven. Car parks will be open from 8.30am.

Location

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby, Dogdyke Road, Lincolnshire. (Please DO NOT use the main entrance to the base and proceed along Dogdyke Road where you will be directed to the appropriate parking space).

Directions

On arrival into Coningsby village, please follow the brown signs for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. DO NOT follow the signs for the main base at RAF Coningsby as you will not be allowed to enter the base this way.

Parking: (Car parks open at 8.30am) Please see map below

All cars will be directed to the appropriate car park on arrival. Please do not enter the BBMF Visitor Centre Car Park as this is reserved for disabled guests only. All other cars will be directed to the parking opposite the BBMF hangar by designated staff. There will be no parking in the field opposite the BBMF hangar this year and Members are asked not to park on the grass verge and concrete area alongside the BBMF fence line. This area will be kept clear during the day.

Disabled parking: (Car parks open at 8.30am) Please see map below

Disabled Members can park in the BBMF Visitors Centre. If you have reserved a disabled parking space, please ensure that you have your Blue Badge prominently displayed so we can direct you to the correct location. If you did not request a disabled parking permit with your tickets we may be unable to accommodate you in the designated parking area and you may have to park in the general car park. Please contact us at membersday@lancasterassociation.co.uk if you require assistance prior to the day and we will do our best to help.

Car park map

Entry

You will be required to bring a valid LLA Membership Card and ticket with you to gain entry. Please be advised that if you do not have a valid membership card you may be denied entry to the site. If you have lost your membership card please email membership@lancasterassociation.co.uk as a matter of urgency.

PLEASE NOTE: Mobility Scooters and electric wheelchairs are NOT permitted inside the BBMF hangar. You will be required to provide alternative arrangements for guests requiring a mobility aid or wheelchair. This is at the request of the RAF and outside of our control.

Searches

RAF Coningsby is an active RAF station and bag and property searches may be undertaken before access to the base is permitted. Please ensure that you have all bags available for searches.

Cameras

You may use your camera whilst on the base. Mobile phones should be switched to ‘airplane mode’ at all times due to security restrictions in the hangar.

Facilities

There will be toilet facilities and refreshment stands available on the day. There will also be a number of merchandise stands inside the hangar for you to purchase from. The LLA will also have our merchandise trailer outside the hangar for purchases and membership queries before the gates open if required.

Timetable for the day

The timetable of the day is as follows however, weather and serviceability of aircraft may affect the day. The LLA and BBMF cannot be held accountable for any changes to the programme on the day for events such as the weather. We appreciate your understanding on this and we hope that you enjoy your day.

8.30am Car parks open
10am Gates open
11.45am Flying Display (BBMF mini flight & Mini vulcan)
13.00 – 15.00 Flying Display (Lancaster Hurricane & Spitfire + tail chases)
(weather & serviceability dependent)
3.15pm Address by the OC BBMF, Sqn Ldr Andrew Millikin

IMPORTANT: If you do not have tickets for the day

We know that not all Members have been successful in getting tickets for this years event and that they may wish to view the flying display from outside the fence line. We would ask that anyone wishing to do this does so ONLY from the designated ‘Spotters Car Park’ on Dogdyke Road. People watching the display from unathorised areas such as ‘The Mound’ put the whole event at risk for everyone and the decision may be taken, if people are in this location, to stop flying altogether. We would ask that people respect this and refrain from watching in locations that may ruin the enjoyment of the day for those who have been lucky enough to get tickets for the event. Thank you

We look forward to welcoming you to The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on Saturday.

The Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association Committee

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Welcome to the new LLA website

As you may have noticed, we have re-launched our website with a brand new look and lots of up-to-date functionality. We have added lots of new content to the website with more to come over the next few weeks and months but most importantly we are working away behind the scenes on a brand new ‘Members Area’. This is where you will be able to manage your membership in a much more efficient and user friendly manner. Our web shop has also had a make over and we are in the process of adding lots of new merchandise just in time for Christmas!

We always value the feedback of our members so if there is anything you would like to see featured on the site, please let us know by getting in touch

 

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New schemes for BBMF aircraft

Three of The Flight’s aircraft received new paint schemes for the 2018 season. Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIe TE311 was first out of the RAF Coningsby paint shop with her paint scheme representing Spitfire TD240 (SZ-G), the personal aircraft of the Officer Commanding 131 (Polish) Wing, Group Captain Aleksander Gabszewicz VM KW DSO DFC.  DH Chipmunk WG486 then returned from the hangars of the Aircraft Restoration Company (ARCo) at Duxford representing the Bristol University Air Squadron which was based at Filton.

Finally Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX MK356 was revealed to all after a major service at Biggin Hill wearing the desert scheme of Spitfire Mk IX EN 152/QJ-3 of 92 Squadron based in Tunisia during 1943 and flown by pilot Neville Duke.