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Spitfire Heritage Trust

Postby Spitfire » Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:25 pm

The world is a funny place - happenstance and coincidence abounds ;)

I was noodling about on Facebook the other day and came across a page dedicated to 'The Spitfire Heritage Trust'

This lead me to the associated website and to the realisation that something aeronautically meaningful, concerning the plane I revere beyond all others, is happening on my very doorstep. This is of note when you consider that I live 20 miles from Lands End and don't normally see anything Spitfire related from one year end to the next unless I am prepared to drive for several hours :p

So here it is ... the project to try and revive Perranporth airfield to create a Spitfire base exactly as it was in WW2 :D Have a look at the website first ... then come back ......

http://www.spitfireheritagetrust.com

So there you see it ... what a project ... so I contact the driving force behind this - one David Spencer Evans https://www.facebook.com/david.s.evans.71?fref=browse_search only to discover he lives a stones throw from me :)

It gets better ......It transpires he also had a hand in designing and building the Spitfire Type 2K http://britishsupermarine.com/Introduction.html
http://britishsupermarine.com/SiteDocuments/Article.pdf

He also has a local workshop nearby where he makes full size Spitfire replicas - presumably coming out of the moulds for the 2K project.
I am to visit this workshop with him soon and no doubt that will create a thread of its own in due course... but so as not to digress let us stick to Perranporth.

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The other coincidence is that I see the Burma Spitfire thread has just revived and it seems that this project in Perranporth has been linked as a potential home for some of those (should they exist ;) ) I know nothing of this at this stage - but will ask relevant questions as and when I can.

David Evans also has the aim of providing a replica Spitfire to every Commonwealth country to mark their contribution in helping us win the war - see the website 'Tribute Programme' and look at the Lesotho Project... That particular plane is in manufacture now - and that's hopefully what I'll see soon.

As always money is the issue for the buying and rebuilding of Perranporth ....and... cheekily ... I can but link to the donation page...

http://www.spitfireheritagetrust.com/#!donate/cjg9

If you can spare a copper or two I am sure it'll be put to good use in rescuing this airfield and promoting the Spitfire as an icon. David already has half the money set aside from other sources and is looking to raise the other half by public subscription - as he has said to me 'A slow process' :(

Needless to say I am looking forward to becoming a close associate of this project and will keep you posted ... relentlessly :p

Let's not spend millions keeping the Vulcan in the air for one more year ... let's spend a few quid on keeping Spitfires in the air - on their own base - for ever B-)
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Re: Spitfire Heritage Trust

Postby Mayfly » Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:48 pm

So you are happy as a pig poo then!!!

What a coincidence indeed. I can see the model making going out the window :))
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Re: Spitfire Heritage Trust

Postby Aceyone » Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:18 pm

Blimey, life does throw some funny things around ! well I'll donate a few quid,not least cos I taught my wife how to drive on Perranporth Airfield long time ago ( 1974 I think )
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Re: Spitfire Heritage Trust

Postby Spitfire » Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:23 pm

Aceyone wrote:well I'll donate a few quid


Good man :ymapplause: I'm sure it'll all help :D

Cornwall gets sod all except tourists, wind and rain - so I have high hopes that this may be something worthwhile down here ;)
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Re: Spitfire Heritage Trust

Postby RLN » Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:20 pm

Looks very interesting. I'm glad you have something aeroplaney near you....especially Spitfire related. I can see Mrs. Spitfire becoming a bit of a widow, unless she'll go with you.
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Re: Spitfire Heritage Trust

Postby Spitfire » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:12 am

I know it's ad nauseam .... but at least it's related to a real 'Iconic Aircraft' and not a guessing game :D :p

http://www.heritagedaily.com/2014/02/campaign-to-save-britains-last-pristine-spitfire-station/101898
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Re: Spitfire Heritage Trust

Postby Dougs » Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:12 pm

Spitfire wrote:I know it's ad nauseam .... but at least it's related to a real 'Iconic Aircraft' and not a guessing game :D :p

http://www.heritagedaily.com/2014/02/campaign-to-save-britains-last-pristine-spitfire-station/101898

or steam engine :ymblushing: :-o ;) :p
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Re: Spitfire Heritage Trust

Postby Spitfire » Tue Feb 04, 2014 2:07 pm

Oh No ... I completely exonerate the stream engine threads :D I am totally in awe of the sheer skill and the extreme fettling :p
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Re: Spitfire Heritage Trust

Postby Spitfire » Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:11 pm

As it's quiet I'm gonna BUMP this ....
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