Possible aviation incident at Manby, Lincs

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Breaking news http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-18773975 Does anyone know of airframes stored at the former RAF Manby site? :confused: A bit more news in here http://www.louthleader.co.uk/news/local/newsflash-fire-crews-tackle-blaze-at-manby-motorplex-1-4037122
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Is that the hangar that was full of new crated " Merlins "

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The place was for sale at 3.5 million, hope it does not dent his chances of getting a buyer :(
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Is that the hangar that was full of new crated " Merlins "
.... close, depending on which Winchester Marine it might be!!

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Looks like its the ARS hangar in the Winchester Marine compound. The bit that is for sale for £3.5m is the Manby Motorplex site, which is the open airfield, now used for agriculture and a variety of motorsport activities.
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There's a Tornado GR1 parked under the field somewhere...;) Think we lost it in 1987.

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So thats why we hav,nt heard any more about the Spitfires from Burma,or that Stirling from China...

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Sounds like the best use I have heard for a Tornado... landfill.
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Joking aside its never good to see an historic hangar well ablaze like that :( Rob
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Just to clarify - having heard of a fire on a the Manby Showground I checked the Motorplex website and found the following aviation connection hence the OP and the question about anyone knowing about aircraft on site!

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BBC now reporting that the fire is under control but there are fears that the hangar might collapse.: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-18773975 It is the ARS hangar that is affected (like a mini C-Type). The hangar is used by Winchester Marine as a workshop and for the storage of plant and machinery (posted by the BBC as 'planes' and machinery). The airstrip described in Twotter's link is out in the centre of the airfield, in the part that is known as Manby Motorplex, and not part of the Winchester Marine compound.
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Thanks for the additional information AgCat. Sixty odd years ago and I might have been concerned about W4964! ;)

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Poor guys, that's some folks jobs going up in smoke :mad: one hopes they are ok, brings back memories of Binbrooks fire.