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🔸️Aldon Ferguson is a well respected and leading Aviation Historian and Researcher. He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Royal Aeronautical Society United Kingdom, former RAF officer, historian, retired pilot and author. As a leading expert in RAF and aviation history, he has also featured in TV documentaries and on BBC radio 📻

🔸️Hangar 42, Blackpool Airport
Fri 12th August 2022 7:00PM ✈

🔸️Admission includes early access to the Spitfire Visitor Centre and Aldon's informative lecture on the history of 611 Squadron, RAF Woodvale and Squires Gate. The ticket also includes tea and coffee ☕📚

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Operation Chastise was an attack on German dams carried out on the night of 16/17 May 1943 by 617 Squadron RAF Bomber Command, later called the Dam Busters, using special "bouncing bombs" developed by Barnes Wallis.

The Möhne and Edersee dams were breached, causing catastrophic flooding of the Ruhr valley and of villages in the Eder valley; the Sorpe Dam sustained only minor damage. Two hydroelectric power stations were destroyed and several more damaged. Factories and mines were also damaged and destroyed. An estimated 1,600 civilians – about 600 Germans and 1,000 forced labourers, mainly Soviet – were killed by the flooding.

Despite rapid repairs by the Germans, production did not return to normal until September.

53 brave RAF aircrew were killed and 3 captured, with 8 aircraft destroyed.

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Join us for Blackpool's Armed Forces Day at the Spitfire Visitor Centre, Hangar 42, on Saturday 25th June 2022 🙌

We would like to invite military vehicle owners to come along and join us (we may be able to assist with some travel costs). We're also hoping to have live aircraft engine runs on the day so please do get in touch via message or email enquiries@spitfirevisitorcentre.co.uk if you would like to get involved! ✈

Please share within any military, 1940’s, re-enactment groups 🙏 

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🔸️Recently, Hangar 42 welcomed RAF WW2 veteran Alan Kennet and his daughter Rosemary Vinnicombe, visiting from the Midlands.

🔸️Alan, who has his 98th birthday later this month, did his basic training and his technical training in Blackpool.
In 1942, Alan came to the Recruit Training Centre at North Shore, Blackpool and then, moving to South Shore in January 1943, he trained as a Flight Mechanic (Engine) at No. 3 School of Technical Training, Squires Gate, near to where our Spitfire Visitor Centre is now located.
Alan went on to maintain Spitfire aircraft for the 2nd Tactical Air Force, serving on Advanced Landing Grounds in Normandy and throughout the campaign in NW Europe.

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🇬🇧 May 8th 1945 was the date the Allies celebrated the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Reich, formally recognising the end of the Second World War in Europe.
This became known as V.E (Victory in Europe) Day.
The end of all combat actions was specified as 23:01 Central European Time, which was already 9 May in eastern Europe

🇬🇧 Upon the defeat, celebrations erupted throughout the western world. More than one million people celebrated in the streets throughout the UK to mark the end of the European part of the war.
In London, crowds massed in Trafalgar Square and up the Mall to Buckingham Palace, where King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by their daughters and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, appeared on the balcony of the palace before the cheering crowds. Churchill went from the palace to Whitehall where he addressed another large crowd:

✌"God bless you all. This is your victory. In our long history, we have never seen a greater day than this. Everyone, man or woman, has done their best."✌

#VEDay #VictoryinEurope #veday77 #lestweforget #wewillrememberthem #remembrance
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⭐Announcement!⭐
We are proud to once again be hosting Blackpool's Armed Forces Day at the Spitfire Visitor Centre, Hangar 42, on Saturday 25th June 2022 🙌

We would like to invite military vehicle owners to come along and join us (we may be able to assist with some travel costs). We're also hoping to have live aircraft engine runs on the day so please do get in touch via message or email enquiries@spitfirevisitorcentre.co.uk if you would like to get involved! ✈

Please share within any military, 1940’s, reenactment etc. groups who may be able to assist 🙏

Also feel free to chat to us about this event if you are visiting us tomorrow or Sunday 👍

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#spitfire #visitorcenter #armedforces #armedforcesday #blackpool #airport #ww2 #worldwar2 #history #heritage #lestweforget #wewillrememberthem #miltary #vehicles #jeep #tank #engine #visitblackpool
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We still need your help to raise funds for a Spitfire flypast! 🙌🙏

This aerial display will bring to a close the 80th Anniversary Remembrance Service on June 23rd at the Fairhaven Lake memorial, in memory of Sgt Alan Lever-Ridings and his Spitfire W3644 ✈

More info on Sgt Alan Lever-Ridings to come soon so stay tuned to our pages... 😌

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🟠 Are you ready for the weekend? We are!

🟠 Come along and pay on the door at Hangar 42, Blackpool Airport this Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday April 30th & Sunday May 1st, for a fun day out enjoying our WW2 hangar, aircraft, military vehicles and local history exhibits!

🟠 Open 10am - 4pm Sat & Sun (last entry 3:15pm both days)

🟠 Option to pre-book online is still available if you wish, via www.spitfirevisitorcentre.co.uk

#spitfire #hurricane #visitorcenter #openday #saturday #sunday #bankholiday #weekend #ww2 #local #history #miltary #vehicles #jeep #raf #wartime #1940s #blackpool #airport #avgeeks #visitblackpool
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Good afternoon Spitfire fans! ✈

This week has been a very busy one for our team members! 💪 Holly has now been moved out of the hangar to make way for our military vehicles and also a very special visitor due soon 🤫

Don't forget we are open to the public on Saturday April 30th & Sunday May 1st!
Pay on the door or book online, your choice! 😅
www.spitfirevisitorcentre.co.uk

#spitfire #hangar42 #visitorcenter #blackpool #airport #visitblackpool #history #heritage #ww2 #worldwar2 #1940s #miltary #vehicles #daysout #may #bankholiday #weekend
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Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very happy 96th birthday, from all at the Spitfire Visitor Centre and Lytham St Annes Spitfire Ground Display Team !

We hope you're enjoying your special day Ma'am! 🥳👑

#queen #HerMajesty #happybirthday #birthday
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🔸️We hope you all had a fantastic Easter weekend! ☀️

🔸️Looking ahead to what to do on the May Bank Holiday weekend? 🤔 Look no further...

🔸️Our WW2 aircraft hangar will be open to the public so come along to experience the sights and sounds of an operational WW2 RAF fighter squadron ✈✈✈

🔸️No need to book as you can pay on the door, but tickets are available to pre-book via www.spitfirevisitorcentre.co.uk

#spitfire #visitorcenter #hangar42 #bankholiday #weekend #easter #may #ww2 #blackpool #airport #visitblackpool #history #fighter #squadron #raf
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🔸️TOMORROW Saturday April 16th, look out for us on Blackpool promenade (opposite the Sealife Centre)!

🔸️Find out about the history of our military vehicles and browse our shop items!

🔸️See you there from approx 10am onwards! ☀️

#blackpool #promenade #goldenmile #spitfire #team #miltary #vehicles #shop #easter #weekend #saturday #bankholiday
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We are all looking forward to the return of the @polish_heritage_flight 's Spitfire BM597 to Hangar 42 this summer! 😍✈
Make sure to follow all our social media accounts for updates!

Thank you to the Saving Amy Restoration Project's lead and Polish Heritage Flight's new Blackpool Wing representative, Eric Watkiss, for this awesome photo taken in Hangar 42 last year! 📷👍

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This year marks the 80th anniversary of the loss of Sgt Alan Lever-Ridings, 19 Sqn RAF and his Spitfire W3644, which was purchased by residents of Lytham St Annes during WW2.

Join our team members and guests for a very special remembrance service at the Spitfire memorial, Fairhaven Lake, dedicated to Sgt Lever-Ridings:
June 23rd at 18:30.

Please share to help spread the word and we hope to see you all there 🙏

#spitfire #memorial #remembrance #service #fairhavenlake #raf #royalairforce #ww2 #lytham #stannes #lancashire #history #heritage
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⭐ Our next public Open Day will fall on Saturday April 30th, and that weekend will be classed as our May 'first weekend of the month' opening.

⭐ Have you seen our new education stand? We have Morse Code boards for you to try composing your own message, gas masks, evacuation style labels, hats and bags to try on, and free bookmarks and ration books to give away to all visiting children! Our friendly education team will also be on hand to answer any questions about our new programme for visiting schools, Scouts, Cadets etc.

⭐ So bring the family along and get involved!

⭐ Book your tickets at www.spitfirevisitorcentre.co.uk

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A huge thank you to the Aspull Together Community Group who visited us earlier this week.
We hope to see you all again soon! 😃

Would your group like to book a visit? We can cater for Scouts, Cubs, Cadets, schools, community groups and more, so please get in touch via visits@spitfirevisitorcentre.co.uk to discuss your needs 📧✈

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✈ We are OPEN until 4pm today, Sunday April 3rd!

✌ Either book your tickets online at www.spitfirevisitorcentre.co.uk or come along and pay on the door today!

🕒 You can arrive any time up to 3:15pm (even with a pre-booked ticket)!

📸 The cockpit of our MkIX Spitfire 'Lucy' is open for you to sit in and have your photos taken (for a separate charge, age/weight/mobility restrictions apply), and our friendly team are ready and waiting to talk to you about our exhibits and history of Hangar 42!

📱 Don't forget to tag us in your photos on social media... We love to see them! 😃

#spitfire #supermarinespitfire #visitorcenter #visitus #visitblackpool #sunday #sundayfunday #dayout #ww2 #worldwar2 #history #blackpool #airport #avgeeks #aviation #raf #royalairforce
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🔸️Tomorrow and Sunday!🔸️

🚪Doors open from 10am until 4pm closing time, last entry 3:15pm.

🎧 Visitors to the Spitfire Visitor Centre can access our Audio Tour, but should bring along their own headphones/earpieces to enable them to access the tour. Visitors will use their personal Mobile Smart Phone or Tablet.

⭐Please pre-book via- www.spitfirevisitorcentre.co.uk

• Free car parking on site
• Toilet facilities
• Hot drinks available
• Please note that we have a strict No Pets policy
• Photo opportunities in the Spitfire are an additional £5 charge per person and age, weight and access restrictions apply

#spitfire #supermarinespitfire #visitorcenter #hurricane #ww2 #battleofbritain #hangar42 #merlin #weekend #saturday #sunday #dayout #blackpool #airport #audio #tour #aviation #history #avgeek
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🔊 You may want to turn your sound up for this one!! 😍

Thank you to Spitfire flight for this very atmospheric view of Hangar 42 and the Raven Cockpits Spitfire simulator, at night-time! 🕯✈

The Spitfire Visitor Centre is open to the public this Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd April and tickets are available via:
🌐 www.spitfirevisitorcentre.co.uk

If you wish to book a flight in the Spitfire Simulator, head to
www.ravencockpits.co.uk or call/message 07497 377165 📱

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Roll up, roll up! We're halfway through the week! Time to grab your tickets for this weekend's Open Days! ✈✌

www.spitfirevisitorcentre.co.uk

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