Tuesday 11th July saw a visit to RAF Coningsby’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William. His visit marked the 60th anniversary of the ‘BBMF’, and he was joined by veterans from the Second World War and their families to enjoy a spectacular flying display from the station’s aircraft. Prince William is Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Coningsby and is believed to take a keen interest in the BBMF and it’s aircraft, following his time spent in Lincolnshire during his early officer training in the RAF.
ITV Yorkshire’s Calendar, along with our cameraman Simon White, went along to film the event and interview veterans and guests who joined the celebrations:
Primetime’s Joanna White has been awarded 100% in her SUAV drone operators license training this week, only one of small handful to do so with Rusta at Lincoln. This fulfils the first of three qualifying tasks, with the generation of an operators manual next and a final flight test at the old RAF Swinderby.
Joanna said: “Taking the theoretical examination and studying towards this pass has really opened my eyes to the complexities of owning and operating drones commercially. As a private pilot I have often considered UAVs as a dangerous hazard to low flying light or military aircraft – so participating in this course has been reassuring. I think in the long run I’d be happier if these safety courses were compulsory for all drone owner/operators so we can avoid many of the dangerous incidents regularly reported on national news. I’m very excited to be taking this course, and naturally delighted to have scored 100% in my exam – though pressures on to make sure the rest of my submissions and flight test are equally to that standard.”
Once completed Primetime Media will be able to offer commercial drone video and surveillance operations to our clients at very competitive rates, so please do get in touch to discuss the possibilities with Joanna.
Primetime have been busy recording the deep restoration currently underway on Just Jane at the Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby. This restoration has been dubbed “NX611 Return to Flight?” by the team at East Kirkby, leading many to believe it’s the beginning of the final stage for returning this bomber into Lincolnshire skies. Insipration for this latest push may have come from the recent sight of BBMF Lancaster PA474 in the skies with the visiting Canadian Lancaster, the first time two flying Avro Lancaster bombers seen airborne together in many decades.
The Panton family, who own the museum and Lancaster, began the restoration late this year, removing the upper and rear gun turrets, engines, elevators, undercarriage and many other components. Most recently all of Just Jane’s iconic paintwork has been removed and a thorough inspection of the skins is underway.
We’re documenting this process for the continuation of our DVD series, and we’re providing mini cameras for 24/7 visuals inside the hangar at East Kirkby.
To find out more visit their website where regular updates are given and from where you can order our previous DVD titles.
Primetime were pleased to take part in BBC Radio Lincolnshire and Rosa Production’s outdoor spectacular Green Fields Beyond last weekend. This major outdoor event presented an open air community performance and costumed processions through the centre of Lincoln to mark the 100th anniversary of Lincoln1916, and the city’s infamous invention of the tank. It particularly highlighted the plight of the women who stayed at home to work in the factories building tanks as they worried and worked for their men away fighting.
This event was brought to Lincoln by the creators of LipDub in 2013, who linked up with us again to provide steady cameras to capture the procession through the centre of Lincoln. We also produced immediate packages for the web covering the live event on Friday night and Saturday’s procession and story telling events (video above, more on Rosa Productions Vimeo site) in the Castle.
From Rosa Productions website: “Funded by BBC North, a major grant from Arts Council England and support from Lincoln Cultural Destinations Fund, Green Fields Beyond will be professionally led and performed by local people, with thousands expected to watch at Lincoln Castle and on the city’s Steep Hill… The project is named after the unofficial tank regiment motto ‘Through Mud and Blood to the Green Fields Beyond’, and will be part of city’s 100th anniversary commemoration of the events of 1916. It took just 141 days for Fosters of Lincoln to turn rough blueprints into a fully constructed battle machine which went on to play a crucial role in battle during World War One.”