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Hanglands
04-21-2007, 01:23 PM
Hi,

I went to the opening of a new aviation art gallery in Kent today.

Legends Aviation (http://www.legendsaviationgallery.co.uk/)

It was opened by Wing Commander Bob Doe DSO, DFC and bar. Also in attendance were Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC & BAR, AFC, A.E., Wing Commander John C Freeborn DFC & Bar, Wing Commander Peter Ayerst DFC, A.E., and Flight Lieutenant Terry Clark DFM, A.E.

As it was only the first day of business it was rather quiet, even though it was a Battle of Britain signing which are usually heaving, we were expecting a 2-3 hour queue. In actual fact we queued for ten minutes while we had nibbles and a complementary lager.

We spent a while chatting to one of the owners who told us that the business grew out of his hobby of pilot autograph collecting.

I have to say I much prefered the way things were run to that of Aces High in Wendover. For one thing you got a lot more time to chat to the air crew.

The prices were more reasonable, and I saw stuff I have never come accross at Aces. For example while queueing I saw prints involving Sturmoviks, La-7s, and Fairey Battles something Ive not seen a lot of elsewhere.

I was there getting my 243 Squadron Spitty signed. I had a nice chat with Terry Clarke about his career as a Radio Op/Gunner. He told me how he preferred the Mossie to any other aircraft he flew in, as he had company, being sat next to the pilot. He said his love of the Mosquito was second only to the love of his wife.

Anyway, if youre down Kent way I'd definately recommend a visit.

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/BobDoe.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/JohnCFreeborn.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/PeterAyerst.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/TerryClarke.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/TomNeil.jpg

Hanglands
04-21-2007, 01:23 PM
Hi,

I went to the opening of a new aviation art gallery in Kent today.

Legends Aviation (http://www.legendsaviationgallery.co.uk/)

It was opened by Wing Commander Bob Doe DSO, DFC and bar. Also in attendance were Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC & BAR, AFC, A.E., Wing Commander John C Freeborn DFC & Bar, Wing Commander Peter Ayerst DFC, A.E., and Flight Lieutenant Terry Clark DFM, A.E.

As it was only the first day of business it was rather quiet, even though it was a Battle of Britain signing which are usually heaving, we were expecting a 2-3 hour queue. In actual fact we queued for ten minutes while we had nibbles and a complementary lager.

We spent a while chatting to one of the owners who told us that the business grew out of his hobby of pilot autograph collecting.

I have to say I much prefered the way things were run to that of Aces High in Wendover. For one thing you got a lot more time to chat to the air crew.

The prices were more reasonable, and I saw stuff I have never come accross at Aces. For example while queueing I saw prints involving Sturmoviks, La-7s, and Fairey Battles something Ive not seen a lot of elsewhere.

I was there getting my 243 Squadron Spitty signed. I had a nice chat with Terry Clarke about his career as a Radio Op/Gunner. He told me how he preferred the Mossie to any other aircraft he flew in, as he had company, being sat next to the pilot. He said his love of the Mosquito was second only to the love of his wife.

Anyway, if youre down Kent way I'd definately recommend a visit.

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/BobDoe.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/JohnCFreeborn.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/PeterAyerst.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/TerryClarke.jpg
http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m203/ChickenHawk_2006/TomNeil.jpg

MB_Avro_UK
04-21-2007, 04:20 PM
Great post Hanglands http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I shall try to get there on Sunday. I have a book and print by Bob Doe and I'll try and sneak in a personal signing http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

For those who are not aware, Bob Doe is the first pic in the post and shot down two Me 110s whilst flying a Spitfire during his first mission in the Battle of Britain in 1940. He claims modestly that he was very lucky http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

He went on to become an ace.

These guys will not be around for much longer... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

Hanglands
04-21-2007, 04:56 PM
Hi MB,

If you manage to get there mate I think you will have the added bonus of the company of Squadron Leader Basil Stapleton DFC.

I cant encourage you enough to go.

Bob Doe ended the war with 15 confirmed. He is a real character. His scars are still visible on the left side of his nose. One heck of a man.

Regards.

MB_Avro_UK
04-21-2007, 05:34 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Hanglands:
Hi MB,

If you manage to get there mate I think you will have the added bonus of the company of Squadron Leader Basil Stapleton DFC.

I cant encourage you enough to go.

Bob Doe ended the war with 15 confirmed. He is a real character. His scars are still visible on the left side of his nose. One heck of a man.

Regards. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks Hanglands http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I'll take a bottle of Whisky for each of them...

And that's a promise rather than a threat http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

How many people were there?

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

Hanglands
04-22-2007, 02:33 AM
Well, we got there at half one. They must have broken for lunch at one. They recommenced at two while we were still looking around the gallery.

When youre ready you go out to the marquee and queue, there were only 15 (all the guests that were there at the time)or so in front of us. When you have bought your signing voucher (20) and its your turn, they let you into the room 3 or 4 at a time.

Phone them first mate to avoid disappointment. Colins number is on the website.

Have a very good day if you do go.

Regards.