Our Weekend visiting RAF Aerodromes
Well off we went, Albert my lad and I on the BSA M21 for a nice Sunday ride, (8th July 2007) well the Sun was shining wasn't it?
Someone on the BritBike forum wanted a picture of an M20 or M21 in front of a Spitfire and I had seen a brilliant picture of a
Spitfire at RAF Digby somewhere on the Internet and this was not too far from where we live. So this was our destination... to capture that photograph.
We were well on our way that morning and soon come across a field that got me humming the Jimmy Hendrix purple Haze song!
We got to RAF Digby and found that the Spitfire we wanted to photograph was within the Station behind wire fences and armed guards! There
is an Operations Museum within the station and soon we were part of a guided tour of the War time Sector Operations Rooms...
Very interesting it was too! and we also got our photo of the Spitfire! The kind and very attractive young lady who took the photo was a
WRAF Sergeant, NOT the hurley burly 22 stone butch of a woman you might imagine! Blimey I found myself chatting her up! Shhhh don't tell Mrs LJ!
Swoon... So in love with the lady in her uniform... On then we went through a very attractive village of Scopwick that was the original name for RAF Digby that also happens to be the oldest RAF Station in the country. A cooling clear stream passes through the village green, not surprising with all the rain we have had...
We were now on our way to see the home of the Lancaster and Spitfire of the Battle of Britain memorial flight based at RAF Conningsby but
passing through Lincolnshire we called in to see the old station of RAF Metheringham. The visitors center was in an old RAF rations hut where we found out much about the
On then to ride around the airfields concrete perimeters where we had a real primus stove Cuppa tea! (Kent Shaun would be so proud!)
While the old man (me) takes a five minute kip. Albert steals the bike to ride around...
On we then go to find RAF Conningsby, but not before running across yet another old wartime airfield of RAF Woodhall Spa, blimey! Lincolnshire is littered with old airdromes!
Eventually we got to RAF Conningsby and saw the old planes being put away. Grand sight it was too, but had the old BSA M21 stolen the show?
Fantastic! and to top it all up.... We come home just in time for this!
We could not have asked for a better day... Looking out side after that fine meal, the sky was once again dark with imminent rain! Ahh well, roll on another weekend!
You might want to read the Diary of The 1948 BSA M21 by following this link.
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