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aviationanoraks.co.uk stays at the Historic Dockyard Chatham for another week this week with photos of HMS Gannet from 1878, which has been beautifully restored to its 1886 configuration.

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We conclude our two visits to the Historic Dockyard Chatham this week at aviationanoraks.co.uk with a look around the RNLI historic lifeboat collection, the largest collection of these boats in the UK

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Our latest upload at aviationanoraks.co.uk features our visit last September to the Battle Of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne in Kent.
This was our first visit for about ten years, so the Wing visitor centre and Battle Of Britain experience were new to us. The experience is worth paying to enter, as the money helps with the upkeep of the site, and the drama of the experience contrasts with the peace of the Memorial which looks out to sea towards France.

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New this week at aviationanoraks.co.uk are photos from our visit to the RAF Museum at Cosford last November during the MBCC open week.

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This week aviationanoraks.co.uk covers our pre-Christmas visit to Newark Air Museum.
A bright but cold day spent around the collection, topped off with a good value hot lunch in their new cafe.
Good to see the ongoing restoration work on the exhibits, and the Monospar is looking almost complete externally now.

Rain a few hours previous gave us chance to play about with the camera:
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New this week at aviationanoraks.co.uk are photos of Gloster Meteor WD686 at Croome Park, Worcestershire in January.
WD686 was the last aircraft to fly out of RAF Defford upon its closure, the airfield being located on part of the Croome Estate.
It was restored at Old Sarum by the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection and put on loan to the National Trust / Defford Aviation Group at Croome.

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For our latest update at aviationanoraks.co.uk we stay at Croome Park and cover our visit to both the very interesting RAF Defford museum run by the Defford Airfield Heritage Group, and also a walk around the grounds of beautiful Croome Park.
Both are worth a visit when times allow, the museum especially for aviation history buffs as it certainly packs a lot of information into a small area.

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A few technical issues with the website which should be resolved later today, but this week our latest highlight is from our visit to the Century Of Valour exhibition held until just before lockdown at The Gallery in Lincoln.
The exhibition charted one hundred years of military aviation in Lincolnshire and although there were no actual aircraft on show there were plenty of artefacts on display, including Guy Gibsons Victoria Cross.
Lots of local stories depicted as well, from pilots and crew to that of a pigeon that was awarded the Dickin medal.

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We are fully up to date with photo sets at aviationanoraks.co.uk now, and with nothing happening so far this year due to lockdown we have been going through our archives to find updates that may be of interest.
Our first, which is on our latest page for the next week, goes back to a number of consecutive weekend visits in 2005 when the RAF Museum were dismantling their B-24L Liberator at Cosford prior to it being moved to Hendon.
This was a very rare opportunity to see under the skin of this former RAF and Indian Air Force aircraft.

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Aviationanoraks.co.uk go back to 2004 this week and the first part of a stopover in California on the way to New Zealand for a grand tour of aviation and other sites.
We visited Riverside airport the day after their airshow specifically for a flight in Classic Rotors Museums H-21B Shawnee, the last ‘Flying Banana’ helicopter still airworthy, but were also allowed to walk the ramp and view up close a pair of A-10s that were still on site.
All photos are scans of prints as at that point digital photography was yet to be embraced, so please forgive the quality.

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