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Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Bank Hol - Day Two

The second Day we visited Flixton Air Museum near Bungay, Suffolk, spending a few hours looking at the static plane exhibits and the various WW2 bomber displays, both British and American. I never realised that places such as Norwich, Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Ipswich had been heavily bombed in the war, the so called Baedecker raids in retaliation for the British raids on Dresden. The hangars had been removed from Norwich and Ipswich airfields and re-erected as the museum.

There was interesting information on Framlingham/Parham airfield, home of B17's in the war, the company I work for owns a old Hangar there which was pictured in 1944 used for maintenance of American B17's. The American and British displays showed the tremendous losses of Aircrew in bomber raids over Germany. Inside the museum where a Lightning and a Harrier Jump jet, along with helicopters, and other small aircraft.
Jet Fighter
Captured Pukara from the Falklands War

Bloodhound Missile

The Air museum is well worth a visit, especially with free entry.

We then drove to the Mid Suffolk Light Railway at Brockford Street, near Stowmarket, the railway was built under a light railway order from Haughley Junction on the Ipswich/Norwich main line to Laxfield, Suffolk, original intention was to reach Halesworth, however they ran out of money. The line is being restored at Brockford street with about half mile of track, and original buildings moved from other stations, it is very quaint, with one steam engine, a couple of coaches, and restored goods wagons.

Industrial steam engine at Brockford Street.

Short train at Mid Suffolk Light Railway

There was a real ale festival on along with a barbeque, so we sampled some local ales in the sun, before a ride on the train.

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