Despite the stratus, I think it true to say that our day was definitely counted to be a success with 18 US classic aircraft present – of which 13 were vintage Pipers, 4 were old Cessnas and there was one Luscombe, that of VPAC member Barry Foulds. In addition, VPACer Steve Slater visited by road bringing with him his old Dad who didn’t seem to mind in the least the talk of pivot angles and spronge brackets! Throughout the day the two ladies in the kitchen worked hard and cheerfully to keep us all happy and our thanks are due to them and all the folks at Breighton who made us all welcome at their relaxed and happy field. Particularly, thanks are due to VPACers Cliff Whitwell who conducted us on tours of the historic aircraft that are kept at Breighton and to David Sharp, “Our Man” at the field who made it all happen. Thank you all and here’s to the next event, the U.S.
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Breighton Airfield, a former Second World War heavy bomber base and cold-war nuclear missile launch site, is now home to the classic aircraft collection of the Real Aeroplane Company and the Real Aeroplane Club, an active flying club whose members own and operate many unusual, classic and ex-military aircraft.
The Club is also open to enthusiastic non-pilots, the benefits of which include all year access to the airfield, including any social and flying events, and a chance to get up-close-and-personal with some of the aircraft.
The Real Aeroplane Company’s aircraft collection consists of a number of interesting aircraft. Probably the most charismatic is the Aeronca 100, first registered in March 1937 and affectionately known as ‘Jeeves’ (in recognition of its registration G-AEVS), this aircraft was the first of many restoration projects undertaken by the RAC and has therefore earned pride of place on their logo.
Military aircraft such as the 1940’s Miles Magister and PT-22 represent military flying training during the Second World War, from these aircraft pilots would have progressed to such legendary types as the P-51 Mustang and Supermarine Spitfire.
First World War aviation also has a place at Breighton. The Real Aeroplane Company has a Sopwith Pup project in the pipeline which will utilise many original parts, and also operates a replica Fokker DR1 Triplane, similar to the one made famous by the Red Baron.
Many of the aircraft based at Breighton can often be seen at fly-in’s and air displays around the country.