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Wings Gas Up

I was asked by a few people to do another gas up at Wings Museum by a couple of members so after a few phone calls we had ten engines on display. I arrived early to set up and we put up the pins and ropes by opening time. There was a slow stream of public going to the museum during the day and a few came and looked at the engines. I got a free pass for the exhibitors to get into the museum and I  took small groups of members into the workshops to look a the work that goes on in there. The museum staff were pleased to see us and a good day was had by all. Ian

Hello Ian,
Just like to say thank you for arranging the ‘Stationary Engine’ display today. We really enjoyed talking to the members of the group as did our visitors. A great success! I leave you with a picture I took (see right)
Kind Regards

Wings Museum is set in the countryside between Handcross and Balcombe and is a fascinating and most moving display of WW2 artefacts and memorabilia concentrating mainly on the RAF. It represents a substantial and dedicated effort by the volunteers (our own Ian Sampson being one of them) who have collected, assembled, researched and displayed the items in such an interesting manner. SEAMS were invited to put on a display on Sunday 29th June and the weather for us was warm and brilliant compared to when we last went in March 2013 with a wind chill factor of minus 10°C.

We completely filled the space allocated to us with a good variety of engines. Fairbanks Morse were well represented with no less than three on display. It was very pleasing to see that one of them was from the collection of Tony Peirce and now owned by Peter and Charlie Mitchell. Worthy new owners who I am sure will regularly rally it in the South East area for us all to see and enjoy.

During the day, Ian Sampson took small groups of us on a fascinating guided tour round the workshops and behind the scenes. This was an added bonus and complemented a brilliant days get together and gas up of engines and associated machinery. Well done Ian and thank you for organising this event for us.

John Moss