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Lucky few get to see World War II fighter planes up close

15 children were given the chance to meet Red Arrows pilots and sit in the cockpit of some of history's most famous planes today.

They were at RAF Coningsby where they should also have been treated to a flypast, but it was sadly cancelled due to the weather.

Nevertheless, they were given a unique experience thanks to a local trust with ambitious plans for the future.

Adam Fowler was there:


Spitfire crash lands at airport

A Second World War Spitfire has crash landed at an airport.

The vintage aeroplane came in to land at East Midlands Airport, where it is based, but as it did so the undercarriage collapsed leaving the aircraft beached on the runway.

The pilot was unhurt and the airport's own fire and rescue teams are dealing with the crash.

An airport spokesman said the runway is currently closed to all flights.

The runway is shut and flights are suspended because of where the plane has come to rest.

All inbound flights have been diverted and outbound flights have been suspended, but we are expecting to be operational within two hours.

– East Midlands Airports spokesperson

He advised any passengers booked on flights to check in as usual.

Digging for victory

Lincolnshire farmer David Cundall and team Credit: Calendar

A North Lincolnshire farmer and his team are preparing to fly to Burma in search of lost Spitfires. It's believed the Mk14 Spitfires were buried at a British base at the end of the Second World War.


Spitfire restoration

It has taken more than a decade of painstaking restoration at a cost of around £800,000. And today one of the last of the Spitfires took to the blue skies over Lincolnshire for its first flight in almost 60 years.

And from next year it'll be used in displays as part of the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. David Hirst reports.