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G-AMSV Returns to Coventry

An old friend returned to Coventry yesterday when G-AMSV, in her striking Indian Air force livery, landed here for extensive maintenance by our engineers. Sierra Victor was part of the Air Altantique fleet here for many years. She'll...

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Baginton Air Pageant

The initial details for the Baginton Air Pageant are up on the website! As we don't have the space for a full-on air show attracting 20,000 or so people, we're aiming for low-key, themed days like this. A couple of thousand people,...

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Newquay Pleasure flights

We promised we'd be back to fly in Cornwall, and here we are. We'll be heading south with a Rapide and Chipmunk to spend a week at Newquay from 25th July, with a further visit planned in August. The flights are bookable in the normal...

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New Dakota Book

Geoff Jones just told me that his new book on the DC-3, released to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Dak's appearance, is now available. The cover sports a lovely shot of G-ANAF, shot by Simon Westwood before her radome goiter was...

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Nimrod Engine Run

We've just confirmed plans by NPT to run all four of the Nimrod's Rolls-Royce Speys on Saturday 9th May. We expect the thunder to start just after lunchtime. Come along and enjoy some audio power - and please dip into your pockets...

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15/08/2015

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AeroJumble

30/08/2015

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Engine Festival

04/10/2015

 

Well, Airbase Got Airborne! Over 2,000 people braved the cold to fill our car parks to bursting and make the first event of Airbase reborn a huge success. It was an ambitious project for our tiny team, and there are things we'll do better next time, but the cheerfulness of the visitors, the talent of the pilots and the odd surpise made it a day we'll all remember.

GROWLING AGAIN

The Shackleton did an all-engine run that turned out so successful that she went for a little stroll! Everything was working well, pilots Jon Corley and Dave Woods were on hand, the tug was available and ATC were cooperative, so the old girl moved under her own power for the first time in seven years.

It's wonderful to see this magnificent bird coming back to life. The noise of those four Griffons is a fanfare, and the sight of those eight massive propellers flattening the grass is breathtaking. We hope to see her back in the air next year.

ON THE TEAM

Our friends at AirTeamImages paid us a visit at Coventry in mid-May, just in time to see Rapide G-AIDL ("Nettie") head out to Newquay. They chatted with Trevor Bailey about what we're up to at our dear old Airbase and spent some time on board our unique DC-6 Diner. Note to Trevor: if you take your guests to the restaurant when it's open they'll be even more impressed!

Look out for the Union Jack Dak, which we hope will be with us for some time. She's over for a number of D-Day commemorative flights, and it's well worth calling in to Coventry for a glimpse of this magnificent restoration.

There are few things as fragile - or as expensive to repair - as an old aircraft. We have a talented and dedicated team of volunteers and technicians who work tirelessly to restore as many as possible of our charges to airworthiness, and then to keep the rigours of time at bay to keep them flying.

Here's an update on how things are coming along on some of our projects.

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