Published on : Thursday, October 10, 2013
Classic Air Force at Newquay Cornwall Airport will round up a tremendous opening season with an Autumn Spectacular next weekend (12/13 October). The massive hangar, the largest space of its kind in South West England, will be fully operational, and there will be a jam packed programme of joy flights by Rapide (a nice steady ride) and Chipmunk (for those who prefer aerobatics) aircraft.
“We have been most warmly welcomed as a major new visitor attraction by all involved in the leisure industry in Cornwall and Devon,” said Mike Collett, President of the Classic Aircraft Trust, the sponsors of the ‘living aircraft’ enterprise. “Since we opened just before Easter nearly 27,000 people have visited Classic Air Force. Our permanent staff and army of volunteers have worked tirelessly to ensure that what we have offered has been educational and terrific value. Keeping these vintage aircraft flying is never easy but we need to show that it was Britain that was a leader in the development of aviation in the post Second World War years. We need young people to come into the industry. Out motto is ‘Keep Em Flying’.
Mr Collett said that the collection would be “kept warm” during the winter months and the Classic Air Force will remain open. “If schools and groups want to visit, they will be more than welcome”, he said. Visitors should take a look at the Classic Air Force web site (www.classicairforce.com) to see when we are open and what events are taking place. The shop and café have proved to be exceptionally popular. We want to make sure they are fully functional for visitors.”
Asked what was the highlight of the opening season Michael Collett was unsure. “For some people the landing of the BAC 1-11 brought back memories of holiday flights when they were young. The VC10, even in its rather drab final RAF colours, was a magnificent sight as it overflew the airport. For me the de Havilland Vampire and Gloster Meteor arrivals typified what we are trying to achieve, attracting ‘planes down to the South West that are not museum pieces. We want proper flyable aircraft!”
Mr Collett confirmed that Classic Air Force would be fully operational from next Easter and that it was hoped a Douglas DC3 will be based at Newquay-Cornwall and available for pleasure flights round the Cornwall coast, via the Lizard and Land’s End. Other innovations are being planned, including the VC10 Diner. He explained. “Our original Coventry Airport innovation, the DC6 Diner, has been a big success, I am sure the VC10 Diner will be, too”.
Source:- Newquay Cornwall Airport