Spitfire and Dakota fly overs highlight of Carlisle museum’s open day

A special salute was given to our war veterans as two historic aircraft took to the skies above Carlisle yesterday.

Hundreds of families turned out to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at the Solway Aviation Museum, in the grounds of Carlisle Airport.

It featured a lone World War Two Spitfire, followed by a massive Dakota transport plane.

Hundreds gathered to watch the two aircraft, from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, take off from the nearby runway, then stood openmouthed to witness stunning aerial displays directly above the museum and its exhibits.

The flying display was just one of a host of attractions at museum, which opened its doors to the public for free to celebrate its own Veterans Day … More

This time they won’t just fly past

We’ve commemorated the 65th anniversary of D- Day, celebrated Britain’s first ever Armed Forces Day and now Cumbria will hold its own Veterans’ Day – at a little-known venue which should be one of the county’s major tourist attractions.

The Solway Aviation Museum, in the grounds of Carlisle Airport, hosts the event tomorrow from 10.30am until 5pm.

The celebrations will include a recreation of World War II scenes by members of VERA, the Victory in Europe Re-enactment Association.

The very first British jet engine, the Rolls Royce Welland, will be on show to visitors by members of Aero-engines Carlisle … More