It was the day of the Trooping the Colour and these flypasts always seem to pass over my house, but being built up you only see them when they are directly overhead. Being out on the plain was much better, because you can see for miles, and sure enough you could spot the planes in the distance emerging from over Hog Hill way. The happy group of spectators were thrilled, as you would expect, as that is what they were there for. I recognised the Lancaster Bomber, Spitfire and Hurricane immediately, having done the Airfix model thing when I was a young lad, and I had the benefit of John Coombes pointing out Typhoons and other aircraft, not that I needed it for the Red Arrows. If you can't see the slide show above the photographs are here, click!
Then we had the pièce de résistance. A single Spitfire AB910 (MkVb), piloted by Lt Parkinson from Coningsby just for us at Fairlop Waters; to mark the centenary of flying on Fairlop plain, 70 years since RAF Station Fairlop became operational and the 90th birthday of Harold Bennett, the first to fly operational from Fairlop in 1941. It passed overhead 3 times and “waggled” its wings [which I think means “hello”]. The sound of the engine was, in modern parlance, awesome innit.
B21 would like to thank all those who contributed to this event, including Dominic Black, secretary of the Fairlop Heritage Group, Alan Abel, Darren Green, Ruth Pinner and Gerard Greene from Redbridge Council plus Brian Ecott and John Barfoot for their exhibits as well as Redbridge Museum for the loan of their exhibition and Fairlop Golf club for Harold Bennet’s birthday cake. Not forgetting of course David Martin who organised the event “single handedly”.
There are those who object to such events on the grounds that it “glorifies war” and others who object on environmental grounds [waste of fuel] but there are also some who fail to appreciate that amongst the things that those people fought and died for is the right to free speech, even if they don't like it.
More from the Council Leader, the WW Guardian, and the Ilford Recorder.
We will leave it to another to point out the “elementary errors” in this and those reports. This below is the profile of a Lancaster Bomber, Spitfire on the right, Hurricane of the left.
|© David Martin|