Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby, Friday 27 April 2007

News Updates

new13/06/2007 The July issue of Aeroplane magazine contains a six-page article on the events at RAF Coningsby on 27th April. This includes a potted history of the plane as it served in both 100 Squadron and 550 Squadron, and many photographs from the day including a nice photo of four of the 550 Squadron Association members in front of The Phantom. See:

new17/05/2007 Note that BBMF will be producing an official DVD of the event. No information yet on the date of availability, but it is expected to cost around 17. When I have more information about when, where and how it can be purchased I'll post that here.

Arrival hall

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Lancaster PA474, City of Lincoln

Up-close and personal

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Mid-section: 100 Squadron HW-R call-sign & 550 Squadron BQ-B call-sign

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Tail-gun position

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The business end ...

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The Phantom is unveiled ...

Nose decoration unveiled
Nose decoration unveiled
Birds-eye view!
Flt Lt Ron Clark DFC, 100 Sqdn
hands his flying jacket to the BBMF pilot

BQ-B: 550 Squadron

BQ-B: The Phantom's 550 Squadron call sign
BQ-B with Jim Cassidy (Navigator
on her last live op)
The local press show an interest

550 Squadron Personnel

L-to-R: Jack Harris, current BBMF Lancaster Pilot
Jim Cassidy and another 550 Squadron member
L-to-R: Jim Cassidy, Steve George, Jack Harris
550 Squadron Personnel (various)
BQ-B, 550 Squadron Personnel (various)

The Phantom: out in the open and ready to go!

Out of the hanger ..
... starting up ...
... and firing on all cylinders!

Taxing past the control tower after the fly-past

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Spitfires (and probably a Hurricane or two as well)

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Champagne and goodbyes

Jim Cassidy, DFC and Bar, walking back from the fly-past
The champagne tent attracts interest
Steve George (back to camera)
and Jim Cassidy
Champagne party
Old comrades in arms, Steve George and Jim Cassidy

A Day to Remember

A personal account of the events of the day.