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    Just Jane "She will fly again" video

    This excellent video popped up in my Facebook news feed posted by Andrew Panton on the Just Jane facebook page and made by a local student. Thought I would share here.
    https://youtu.be/uJ2IeEIcKa8
    Once you've tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you long to return

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    Splendid... short but gets the message across.

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    Excellent.
    It reminded me of the Silksheen poem but I cannot remember how it goes but ends something like, "my lovely Silksheen"
    SMOKE SMOKE GO!
    TA out

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    I personally think that's the closest you will ever get to see her flying.......

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    An excellent film, well done!

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    bloody ripper !
    Cheer's all far and WIDE!! , Tally Ho from Phil in Oz!

    WHAT GOE'S UP MUST COME DOWN

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    Very nice.
    Daren Cogdon

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    R4118 - Whats makes you think so? If they raise the funds its highly possible she will.
    I feel the need, the need for speed.....or a Spitfire will do.

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    I'm pretty sceptical if I'm honest! It's a massive risk for the museum i mean there's not a massive amount of other stuff to keep people coming through the door if anything happend to her! (Just my opinion!) .....I certainly don't think it will be a regular flyer if she does ever get airborne.

    The year they aim to get her flying seems to keep changing too I've noticed but that may be my suspicious mind with that one

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    Quote Originally Posted by R4118 View Post
    I'm pretty sceptical if I'm honest! It's a massive risk for the museum i mean there's not a massive amount of other stuff to keep people coming through the door if anything happend to her! (Just my opinion!) .....I certainly don't think it will be a regular flyer if she does ever get airborne.

    The year they aim to get her flying seems to keep changing too I've noticed but that may be my suspicious mind with that one
    Well all being well, they will have a taxiable Mosquito NFII very soon to draw the public in, as well as the ongoing airworthy restoration of the Lancaster.

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    I simply cannot imagine the family 'throwing in the towel' after all these years. It means too much to them - the money will come in because of their commitment.

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    Glad you all like the video, we were very suprised and touched with what Jason (the student) achieved.
    Just in reply to R4118, we have never set a date on when NX will fly due to the huge project it is and the possibility of parts of the project taking longer than expected, the wings for example. The Press on the otherhand...... they love to put a timescale on it whether its right or not! What's the saying, "don't let the truth get in the way of a good story"....
    Hopefully you will all see over the past 2 years and in the next 9 years the physical work on the airframe has, and will, ramp up.
    This last year has seen the first airframe sections overhauled/restored with the stbd fin and rudder.
    Next winter will see the port fin and rudder completed and we then move on to the fuselage sections.
    The centre section and wings will be the last to be done in case of spar booms being required (each year we complete more surveys to investigate the wings). This is because the wings are the biggest job on the aircraft and therefore the most costly. We will gauge the CAA/warbird operating scene at this point to be sure that there would be nothing to stop NX flying such as insurance, AvGas, CAA rules and regs as we will be several years in the future from now and many things could change.

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    Hi All,
    Trolly Aux - This the one ? (Courtesy of:- http://www.in-touch.ukvet.net/121/121old.htm )

    OLD AIRFIELD
    by W Scott ex -630 Squadron

    No. 630 Squadron was formed on 15th November 1943, at East Kirkby (codename Silksheen), near Spilsby, Lincolnshire , and remained based there throughout its existence. Equipped with Lancasters , it formed part of No. 5 Group and between 18/19th November 1943 and 25th April 1945, took part in many major raids, including each of the 16 big raids made by Bomber Command on the German capital during what became known as the "Battle of Berlin".

    I lie here, still, beside the hill
    Abandoned long to Nature’s will.
    My buildings down. My people gone.
    My only bounds, the wild bird’s song.

    But my mighty birds will rise no more.
    No more I hear the Merlins roar.
    And never now my bosom feels
    The pounding of their giant wheels.

    From the ageless hill their voices cast
    Thunderous echoes of the past.
    And still in lonely reverie
    Their great dark wings sweep down on me.

    Laughter, sorrow, hope and pain,
    I shall never know these things again.
    Emotions that I came to know
    Of strange young men so long ago.

    Who knows as evening shadows meet
    Are they with me still, a phantom fleet?
    And do my ghosts still stride unseen
    Across my face so wide and green?

    And in the future should structures tall
    Bury me beyond recall
    I shall still remember them,
    My metal birds, and long-dead men.

    Now weeds grow high, obscure the sky.
    O remember me when you pass by.
    For beneath this tangled, leafy screen

    I was your home, your friend “Silksheen”.

    The poem contributed by Freda Carnell

    Geoff.

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    Hi All,
    As regards to seeing JJ flying again well it will if Andrew and the team along with us all want it to fly funding will be the deciding factor, the cash
    we donate and to then continue donate to the project on top of what Andrew and the team put into it personally to make it and keep it airworthy.

    Like a member on the forum said given enough funding anything in theory is possible, basically it comes down to us and the continual backing
    with funds to see this beautiful aircraft fly again as a legacy to all three Panton brothers (RIP Chris and Fred) first an foremost and a flying memorial to
    those in Bomber Command (RIP all those who perished).

    Geoff.

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    "She Will Fly Again"...

    Well I wouldn't bet on it. Maybe they should give Red Bull a ring?

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    it is strange how this thread has gone negative so quickly. Most readers support projects when the aims are clearly laid out and those involved have demonstrated a track record , certainly East Kirkby has been one of the better places for aviation heritage.

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    Well maybe the Panton family should listen to the doubters, i mean what did two farmers ever think they would achieve anyway.
    Its not like they bought a Lancaster, set up an aviation museum and memorial to Bomber Command thats been open for 30 years, restore the lancaster to taxying condition, employ 3 highly skilled aircraft engineers with over 100 years warbird experience, employ over 25 more people to keep the memorial alive and working, receive the blessing of the CAA to restore the Lancaster to airworthy condition, own possibly the largest collection of privately owned Merlins in Europe and make it all accessible to anyone who wants to visit all WITHOUT any external funding.
    Now if they had achieved all that they may just think that with hard work, dedication, commitment, the sacrifice of the majority of their spare time, every penny they could spare and a bit of luck they may be able to achieve the final dream of restoring NX611 to airworthy and a bit of belief in their abilities.
    But nevermind i guess it'll never work, after all they are/were just a couple of old farmers from Lincolnshire.

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    Has the museum said how much they plan on flying her?

    Since the BBMF Lancaster has the flypast trade pretty much sewn-up, I'd think they don't HAVE to fly her a great deal.

    Let's face it, since she'll be only the third of her type flying, they don't need to fly it a lot. Just having an airworthy Lancaster is enough to draw visitors and supporters.

    I wish them the best of luck.
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    Andrew, very well said!

    Some of us have every confidence in the work on NX611, which is inspirational.

    Just ignore the doom-mongers and nay-sayers, you will have the last laugh.

    Andy

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    If only they would have bought that Halifax for 100 pounds when they got the chance. Other than that I think they have done very well with the whole lot.
    Cees

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    I have no doubt in my mind that Just Jane will be airworthy and be the second flying Lancaster resident in the UK skies.
    If I go back to the early 70s the thought of seeing a B17, B25, P51, P47, Spitfires by the squadron Hurricanes a Blenheim all kinds of Eastern block Migs Yaks Bf109s, Buchons the list could go on people would of said your dreaming of seeing any of those now days, now days are here and I thank each and every owner operator for taking the time money and effort to bring me the visions I see in the skies of the UK
    To the Pantons and all involved at EK a thank you for taking this on, thank you for saving this aeroplane I cannot wait but wait I will.
    SMOKE SMOKE GO!
    TA out

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    Can't help thinking that with a spare set of Halifax (Ok Hastings) mainplanes available in Canada a static Halifax could be reconstructed at Eeast Kirkby in memory of Christopher Panton.
    Wishful thinking? Yes but why not.
    Cees

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    Having paid 2 bob (or was it half a crown) to sit in the pilots seat at Biggin, and watched it in the circuit on summers evenings from the back garden after Mr Williams exploits, i have no doubt she will fly again, and i'm sure the Pantons will do it. We always used to know it as just H A P as kids.
    Terry

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    H.A.P.S historic aircraft preservation society, they also imported the Sabre from Italy

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    I have no connection with the Panton family, but I have immense respect for what they have achieved, are continually achieving and (I have no doubt) will achieve. They should be receiving the full support of everyone with any interest in Bomber Command. They should also be receiving gratitude and encouragement from everyone on this forum for their incredible achievements. They are a family, amateurs if you will, and reading such negative comments as some on here must hurt them deeply. All I can say to them is 'Thank you and keep up the excellent work that you are doing.

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    Hi All,
    As far as her Flypast appearances goes IMPO they have a bright future, Who would not like to see two Lancaster's flying together on a regular basis ?
    Personally I never got to see the Canadian Lanc but would love to have and I am pretty certain that I am not alone in this.

    Obviously the BBMF Lanc cannot attend all Flypast or Air-Show dates due to Already being booked elsewhere/Airframe Hr's limits or Unserviceability ? So
    there is a Mkt admittedly a small one but none the less if the BBMF cancel for whatever reason JJ could capitalise on that. Not only that but I imagine that
    the BBMF have to say no to many,many other requests again JJ could capitalise here as well.

    So IMPO the future for both Lanc's is very bright indeed especially JJ makes the project well worth all the effort the EK crew are putting in to the project,
    not only that but dare I tempt fate a three ship formation ? ? ?

    Just carry on and never mind the naysayers get her in the air where she belongs.

    Geoff.
    all the effort in to making her airworthy again.

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    I know I would watch 2 lanc's and yes bring over the 3rd lanc, we have none flying here in oz, I? have seen the one static and chopped about a bit
    Cheer's all far and WIDE!! , Tally Ho from Phil in Oz!

    WHAT GOE'S UP MUST COME DOWN

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