The Ride Stuff

The adventures of a couple of happy bikers

Buell & Italian Motorcycle Festival

The Annual Buell & Italian Motorcycle Festival at The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre in East Kirkby on Saturday had been in our biking calendar for some time now.

To be honest, I wasn’t too bothered about the Buells – it was the resident Lancaster Bomber that I wanted to see. The Centre is a memorial to the 55,500 men of Bomber Command who lost their lives during WW2 and it holds one of the rarest aircraft, an Avro Lancaster Bomber, in its collection.

I have a bit of a soft spot for these planes: my Uncle Gordon completed his National Service as a member of the Ground Crew working on these bombers and I was very proud of an Airfix model of one that I had hanging from my bedroom ceiling as a teenager. (It was later taken down and shot at with a pellet gun but that’s another story!)

This particular Lancaster doesn’t fly (they are hoping to get it airborne next year) but they do taxy runs around the airfield and the sound of all four Rolls-Royce Merlin engines running is pretty impressive!

We were very pleasantly surprised afterwards when we were told that we could park our bikes in front of the aircraft for a few photos.


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