With the mercury struggling to move, the sky was clear blue.
Today was the last day of the school half term break so a trip to the Fens and Bomber Country was in order. There was to be no fishing for pike but it was spoken about as we drove along the road next to the fens, somehow my young son could see dark shadows in the water…
The journey across this flat landscape which seemed never to end for a seven year old was in order to take in a visit to the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight at Coningsby before meeting up later with artist and fisherman, Paul Dady.
This part of the North East is of interest to my son as we often holiday on the North Norfolk Coast and high above us we often hear the roar of fighter planes. With a fascination about Lancasters from learning that my stepfathers father flew them in the early 40’s out of Waddington, it was a good opportunity for him to get up close and personal with one.
In the hangar at Coningsby were five Spitfire, a Douglas Dakota III, a De Havilland Chipmunk and the star of the BBMF show the Avro Lancaster. All these aircraft were in different states of maintenance after what had been a full year of flying displays. After a lengthy hour and a half guided tour, which was far too long for a seven year old, there was that one magic moment when my son could take in the immense size of the Lancaster, from the position of looking through the rear gunners turret.