Our Events

 Our next engine / taxy run will be on 26th August 2017 – watch this space for more details!

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As well as our regular engine/taxi run events the XS186 crew  can host organised private events tailored to suit various individual or group interests

Core activities are obviously based around our star performer, but our unique location and capabilities can provide an interesting and exhilarating experience for visitors who have an interest in the more technical or hands on aspects of operating a military jet

Some or all of the following can be arranged

Tour of the WW2 airfield site, including air raid shelters, blast shelters, gymnasium, chapel and several other buildings and interesting places

Strap into the left hand seat of the cockpit of XS186 with electrical power on  – lots of lights, systems and emergency checks to carry out

Close up of a daytime engine / taxi run (or ask about taking a pilots seat for an actual taxy run!)

Drive the aircraft tug, with towable RAF ground equipment attached- more of an experience than you think!

Aircraft & ground equipment systems demonstration – RR Viper walkaround, petrol driven hydraulic systems rig, connect the trolley acc

Food break – hot or cold

1960’s aircrew kit photo shoot

Pre-flight walkaround- help to carry out final checks before F700 sign off

Evening engine/taxi run – a great photo opportunity!

For a minimum of 5 people the cost can be kept at £10 per head for a single engine run, or £15 for two engine runs

 In either scenario teas and coffees with biscuits & buns included

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Watch what is happening with XS186 through the lens of a skilled camera-man on the link below!

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/90516741@N08/

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Our engine run on  Sunday 13th October 2013 was carried out in dreadful conditions but all went very well and those that braved the conditions witnessed a spectacular run!

The evening preparations provided a new aspect, Jonty checking oil levels.

The evening preparations provided a new aspect, Jonty checking oil levels.

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Our XS186 fund raising on Saturday 15th September 2012 was another good event.

It was held at the Metheringham Village Hall and the races were well represented with bets on all races  from all those present.

The food was a great success, with pie, potatoes, peas and gravy, and a big slice of gateaux for pudding going down very well !

Both the numbers who attended and the amount of funds generated were up on the last event, and so the night was well worth the effort, and everyone had a great time!

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The Metheringham Open Weekend on June 9th and 10th 2012 was a great success for the XS186 CREW, despite someone trying to drown us on Saturday, with monsoon conditions at times. As previous updates have shown though, you cant keep a good team down, and not only did the team make a success of the weather beaten Saturday, they had a perfect day on Sunday, with numerous highlights, including meeting several pilots, engineers and generally very supportive people.

As well as Ian and Geoff carrying on with important airframe work on Saturday morning, special thanks must go to the team that put in a long hard two days work, to make it a worthwhile event and boost the XS186 bank balance at the same time. They are Ralph, Jonty, Lynne, Pauline (the WAGs!) and Paul.

Ralph, Jonty and Paul photographed in front of the Tombola and Wine or Water stalls on the Sunday

Ralph, Jonty and Paul photographed in front of the Tombola and Wine or Water stalls on the Sunday

Two budding crew members. These lads had a great time and picked up some history too.

Two budding crew members. These lads had a great time and picked up some history too.

For a link to more photographs of the Metheringham Open weekend click here;

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Our March 31st Casino Night / Auction turned out to be a great event, despite some less than friendly conditions.

Numbers attending was down on what was expected, but those that did come had a good time, and most left with something to show for the evenings speculation on the Roulette  and Blackjack tables.  As with any gambling event some left with plenty!

Below are a selection of pictures from the evening.

XS186 sits in the fading evening light. The Casino / Auction evening is all about keeping her 'live'

XS186 sits in the fading evening light. The Casino / Auction evening was all about keeping her ‘live’

Plenty of 'funny money' changing hands at the Roulette table. Just as well it wasn't real money for some!

Not many games of Blackjack have had a 1/4 scale 'airborne' Lancaster as a backdrop!

Some of the auction prizes on display. Bidding fever definitely grabbed some people on the night!

Some of the auction prizes on display. Bidding fever definitely grabbed some people on the night!

One thought on “Our Events

  1. David Cassidy says:

    A great idea Paul, I’ll put the word around. Dave Cassidy.

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