|Posted by Paul G on January 19, 2017 at 9:55 AM|
Many members missed the brief opportunity to use the ‘Donate’ button and make a contribution to help with the website running costs for Velosolex Club U.K. However, as sufficient funds were quickly generated to keep us running until June 2019, there was no need to keep the button once both targets had been met. Also, as my time is given freely because I enjoy the world of the Solex and the community spirit we have built up within Velosolex Club U.K. there is no need to build up any surplus funds. However, several members have expressed a desire to make a donation, even though it is not required at the moment. Maybe this could be a solution?
One of my greatest wishes is to see another Avro Lancaster flying again. We have the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight here and then there is another airworthy Lancaster flying in Canada – and that’s it! Only 7,377 Avro Lancaster’s were made and nearly 50% of those were lost on operational missions. Now, only two Lancaster’s are left flying in the world.
But there is a chance to help get another Lancaster flying again, and in this country! The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre has embarked on a mission to get Lancaster NX611, ‘Just Jane’ airworthy once more. What a magnificent sight that would be. Two U.K. Lancaster’s flying as a memorial to all those brave airmen who never returned home to their families and loved ones.
However, getting a 70 year old aircraft airborne that has not flown for nearly 40 years is expensive. (About £3 million should do it.) This is my personal crusade to help with getting ‘Just Jane’ flying again. If you think Velosolex Club U.K. has helped you with your Solex, or you think it is great value for money, or you agree it is a worthy cause to see another Lancaster flying once again, or you wanted to make a donation, missed the chance but would still like to contribute somehow - here is another way to show your appreciation:
At the bottom of the website home page I have added a link to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre website where you can make a donation which will go towards getting ‘Just Jane’ back in the air again. Please give whatever you can. To use a well known supermarket advertising phrase: ‘Every little helps.’ The sooner the target is met, the sooner we will all be privileged to see another great historic aircraft take to the skies for the benefit of future generations. Thanking you all in anticipation.
‘Just Jane’ currently can only provide taxy rides. Please help to get her flying again.