News Spitfire Visitor Centre

'Holly' has returned! πŸ˜ƒ
After her stay on Gynn Square as part of the 2021 Blackpool Illuminations Season, W3442 has now returned to our workshops. Inevitably, she has suffered some damage whilst being exposed to the elements and during transit, so our teams will be hard at work during the next few months to restore this tribute to the Progress II Spitfire, bought during WW2 with money raised by the people of Blackpool.

Text the word SPITFIRE to 70331, to donate Β£3 towards our projects via the National Fundraising Platform.
Thank you! πŸ™Œβœˆ

#blackpool #spitfire #Blackpoolilluminations #lightworks #team #teamwork #blackpoolairport #workshop #progress #ww2 #worldwar2 #heritage #visitblackpool
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πŸŽ‰Today is International Volunteers Day! The Spitfire Visitor Centre at Hangar 42, is run by volunteers who give up their time to ensure that future generations do not forget the debt we owe for our freedom πŸ™

Volunteering is giving, sharing, standing by others, supporting causes you care about and creating a better future for everyone πŸ™Œ

Did you know? -

⭐ A key risk factor for depression is social isolation. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against stress and depression.

⭐ Research shows that - compared with people who never volunteered - the odds of being β€œvery happy” rose by 7% among those who volunteer monthly and by 12% among those who volunteer every 2-4 weeks.

#volunteer #VolunteerNow #team #teamwork #InternationalVolunteerDay #spitfire #hurricane #blackpoolairport #hangar42 #spitfirevisitorcentre #makeadifference
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Throwback to much nicer weather and a visit from the @polish_heritage_flight Spitfire BM597, earlier this year β˜€οΈβœˆπŸ‡΅πŸ‡±
If you haven't picked up a copy yet, check out the latest edition of @flypastmagazine to read the great feature about this Spitfire! (We also have a nice mention in there too! πŸ˜‰)

#spitfiresaturday #spitfire #supermarinespitfire #polishheritageflight #RFM #flypast #blackpoolairport #heritage #visitblackpool #hangar42 #spitfirevisitorcentre #warbird #ww2 #worldwar2
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Some more wonderful images taken at the @photographysessiondays recent event at the Spitfire Visitor Centre.
πŸ“Έ Photo of @theforcessweetheart taken by @hallardj
πŸ“Έ Brian McGowan as Winston Churchill taken by Paul Grime.

Get in touch to find out how you could hire our wartime hangar, which was constructed for the Air Ministry in 1939, for private events such as photography days, and more. Our static displays, with supporting RAF Groundcrew dressed in period uniform, may be the unique addition that your event has been looking for! 🌟✈

πŸ“§ Email: enquiries@spitfirevisitorcentre.co.uk
🌐 Website: www.spitfirevisitorcentre.co.uk

#photography #aviationphotography #spitfire #hurricane #lancaster #spitfirevisitorcentre #hangar42 #events #blackpoolairport #northwest #wartime #warbird #history #ww2 #worldwar2 #heritage #visitblackpool
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Hopefully you've all been keeping safe during Storm Arwen! πŸŒͺ❄ Unfortunately, our original 1939 wartime hangar has suffered some slight external damage this weekend. This will be added to our long list of annual maintenance jobs to be carried out during our winter closed season πŸ› 

Your donations are always hugely appreciated, especially at this time of year! 😌
If you are able to support us at all, please use the text numbers below to make your contribution to the upkeep of the Spitfire Visitor Centre:

To Donate Β£3.00 TEXT "Hangar42" to 70331
To Donate Β£5.00 TEXT "Hangar42" to 70970
To Donate Β£10.00 TEXT "Hangar42" to 70191

Thank you for your support!! πŸ™πŸ™Œ

#StormArwen #storm #spitfire #hurricane #maintenance #support #donate #spitfirevisitorcentre #ww2 #worldwar2 #blackpoolairport #blackpool #warbird #wartime #hangar
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Happy 100th Birthday to Squadron Leader George "Johnny" Johnson MBE, DFM πŸŽ‚

Johnny is the last surviving original member of Operation Chastise, also known as the Dambusters raid of 1943.

#dambusters #happybirthday
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Well done to Hangar 42 volunteer Carlo Di Vito on his first solo flight today! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Blue skies and tailwinds Carlo! ✈

#flying #flyinglessons #solo #cessna #congratulations #team #volunteer #proud #westair #pilot #pilotlife #hangar42
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From Don Hastie-

"TVR Car Club Blackpool visiting Hangar 42 this morning. All absolutely loved it!!

Big thanks to the gals n guys who looked after us… Keith, Paul, Mark, Carlo and of course the wonderful young Ruth who really runs the show!
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Thanks to all.
Great day out."

😁 Many thanks to the TVR Club for visiting the Spitfire Visitor Centre yesterday morning! It was our pleasure to have you with us! πŸ™

#spitfire #visitorcenter #ww2 #tvr #blackpool #blackpoolairport #volunteer #team
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Did you know the Spitfire Visitor Centre is already accessible for wheelchair users?

Our team members will be working hard over the winter months to develop our displays so that they can be enjoyed by people of all ages during the 2022 season and beyond.

We hope to see you all when we reopen! πŸ˜ƒ

#spitfire #simulator #hangar42 #accessibility #accessible #inclusive #team #teamwork #volunteer #blackpoolairport
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A huge thank you to the Mungo Park ESU Scouts Group who visited us last week! πŸ˜πŸ‘

If you know of a similar group or a school who may benefit from a visit to Hangar 42, please get in touch via visits@spitfirevisitorcentre.co.uk πŸ™

#visit #hangar42 #spitfirevisitorcentre #spitfire #education #scouts #team #ww2 #history #heritage
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"When you go home tell them of us and say -
For your tomorrow we gave our today."

Please support your local Cenotaph this morning for Remembrance Sunday.

Lest We Forget

#remembrance #remembranceday #remembrancesunday #lestweforget #wewillrememberthem #poppy
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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

#wewillrememberthem #lestweforget #remembrance #remembranceday
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Few people realise the pivotal part Blackpool played in the battle for the skies during WW2.

The resort was chosen as a main training base for RAF servicemen, due to its distance from parts of the country under the shadow of the Nazi bombers in the Blitz. For the same reason, it became the HQ for the thousands of Polish airman, who had escaped to carry on the fight against their homeland’s invader.

We were honoured to have the @polish_heritage_flight visit us this summer with their Spitfire BM597, in RF-M markings in tribute to Acting Wing Commander Piotr Laguna, who trained in the resort early during WW2.

"Lest We Forget"

#spitfire #supermarinespitfire #battleofbritain #polishheritageflight #hangar42 #remembrance #remembranceday #poppy #lestweforget #ww2 #worldwar2 #heritage #history
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➑️ There's still time to get yourself down to the Spitfire Visitor Centre, Hangar 42, at 7pm tonight for our Volunteer Recruitment evening!

We have opportunities available to volunteers of all ages and skillsets who have an interest in the upkeep of aviation heritage.

If you can't make it tonight, the next meeting will be Saturday 13th November at 11am.

We hope to see you at one of these sessions! 😁🀞

#volunteer #makeadifference #team #teamwork #aviation #heritage #history #ww2 #spitfire #hangar42 #blackpoolairport
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Happy 86th birthday to the amazing machine that is the Hawker Hurricane! ✈
The prototype Hurricane K5083 performed its maiden flight on 6 November 1935 and went on to be developed through several versions, into bomber-interceptors, fighter-bombers and ground support aircraft as well as fighters.

Are you passionate about Hurricanes and Spitfires, have a keen interest in aviation or WW2 and can spare a few hours each week? Come along to our Volunteer Recruitment evening on Monday evening at Hangar 42 to find out more about joining our team! πŸ˜ƒ

7 pm
08/11/21
Hangar 42
Blackpool Airport

#hurricane #hawkerhurricane #anniversary #birthday #warbird #fighter #ww2 #worldwar2 #volunteer #team #blackpoolairport #hangar42
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SCRAMBLE! πŸ””Tomorrow is our last Open Day of 2021!
10am - 4pm
FREE ENTRY to all WW2 veterans and their families tomorrow too.
All visitors wearing a Royal British Legion Poppy on your visit, will get a free BREW in our WW2 Themed NAAFI β˜•
β€œLest we forget” πŸ™πŸ»

Tickets available at www.ticketsource.co.uk

#lestweforget #poppy #remembrance #remembranceday #spitfire #lythamspitfire #lythamspitfireteam #hangar42 #ww2 #ww1 #history #heritage #community #commemoration
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In the run up to Remembrance Day 2021, we will be sharing some stories with you:

Amy’s Final Flight…

Amy Johnson was introduced to flying in 1929 and gained her pilot’s β€œA” Licence at the London Aeroplane Club. Later that year, she became the first British woman to obtain a ground engineer’s β€œC” licence. She was a pioneering English pilot and the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia. She also set many long distance records during the 1930s.

In 1940, during World War 2, Johnson joined the newly formed Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), which transported Royal Air Force aircraft around the country. V3540 was the last plane that Amy Johnson flew, a Mk.II Airspeed Oxford. As a member of the ATA she was delivering the Oxford from Prestwick to RAF Kidlington, but she stopped overnight with her sister Molly in Blackpool. On 5th January 1941, setting off from Blackpool, the weather conditions were very poor. The flight should have taken about 90 minutes, but four and a half hours later, lost and running out of fuel, she baled out over the Thames Estuary.

Despite being sighted by some ships in a convoy and a gallant rescue attempt her body was never recovered. Tragically, the Captain of a Royal Navy escort ship Lt Walter Fletcher, who dived into the freezing water to try and rescue her also later died later from exposure.

A memorial service was held for Amy in the church of St. Martin in the Fields on 14th January 1941. As a member of ATA with no known grave, she is commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede.

Lest We Forget.

Please follow 'Saving Amy' on Facebook for news and updates on our Airspeed Oxford Restoration Project πŸ™

#lestweforget #remembrance #remembranceday #amyjohnson #aviatrix #aviation #ww2 #worldwar2 #ata #airspeedoxford #savingamy #restoration #blackpoolairport
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Last open day of 2021 - 6th November 10am -4pm.
WW2 Veterans most WELCOME!

To mark Remembrance Day on the 11th November - we are encouraging the Lancashire Community to bring along any family members, neighbours and members of their community, whom served during WW2.

We are keen to ensure that the sacrifices made on land, sea and air during WW1 and WW2 are never forgotten.

FREE ENTRY to all WW2 veterans and their families on 6/11/21
All visitors wearing a Royal British Legion Poppy on your visit, will get a free BREW in our WW2 Themed NAAFI β˜•
β€œLest we forget” πŸ™πŸ»

#lestweforget #poppy #remembrance #remembranceday #spitfire #lythamspitfire #lythamspitfireteam #hangar42 #ww2 #ww1 #history #heritage #community #commemoration
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