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Subject: [Leica] P 51 Flight time reminder. :-)
From: gwpics at (Gerry Walden)
Date: Wed May 25 23:15:35 2005
References: <> <004501c5576f$7992b010$1ae76c18@ted> <> <001901c561b5$48f8ffe0$1ae76c18@ted>

It brought a tear to more than one persons eye on VE Day here in 
Southampton when there was a fly-past of a couple of Spitfires, a 
Hurricane, a Seafire, a Mustang,  a Lancaster bomber  and a couple of 
others. They always look great but unfortunately the Flying Fortress was 
grounded and we had to manage without, although I saw it here last year.

I was born at the end of Southampton Airport runway in 1945, and 
Southampton was the birthplace of the Spitfire. I can remember, as a 
very small child, being stood on the back of a bench so that I could see 
over a hedge into the airfield (grass runway then) and look at the row 
after row of 'redundant' Spitfires etc. parked there waiting for their 
next assignment. Thank God for us that next assignment never came, and 
most were scrapped (it was no coincidence that the Ford car plant ws 
there too!) It is a memory that I will never forget. I have added a 
couple of images at Leica Album 
<> but I am afraid that they are 
not shot with a Leica, nor are they that great.


  Gerry Walden <> <> 

+44 (0)23 8046 3076 wrote:

> I obviously am excited about this coming 27th as it's a dream I've had 
> since I was a teen growing up during WW2. My real wish to do this was 
> in a Spitfire, the Mustang was always second choice. So when this 
> situation was first talked about last fall there's been no holding me 
> when I knew about the possibility. Finally it's here! :-)
> ted

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