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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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The Classic Aircraft Trust was established in 2012 by Mike Collett to form the basis of a lasting and sustainable organisation, with the aim of preserving a unique collection of airworthy aircraft of the UK’s post-war era. These aircraft were previously owned by Air Atlantique and are now operating as Classic Air Force. The aim of the Trust is to preserve this unique part of British industrial and aviation heritage and to keep these aircraft in working condition. All money raised by the Trust is dedicated to operating, maintaining and restoring our fleet of vintage aircraft and create a world class heritage centre in our aircraft museum at Newquay Aerohub, in Cornwall.

As a charity, the Trust is wholly dependent on money raised from the public, benefactors, grants and legacies. Visitors to the air museum, members of Classic Air Force and other contributors are vital to the sustainable future operations of Classic Air Force.

Education, preservation and inspiration are our key aims, combined with an entertaining and interactive experience. The Trust’s mission is to sustain and maintain the skills required by yesterday’s technology and to keep historically important aircraft flying for tomorrow’s generations to enjoy. Classic Air Force offers the largest fleet of post-World War II classic aircraft in Europe, many of the aircraft being unique and extremely rare. They represent jet and piston-engined aircraft, which include fighters, bombers, trainers and various types of liaison aircraft.

Classic Air Force exists to acquire and save rare aircraft and to operate them safely for the benefit of the public and act as ambassadors for the UK’s rich aviation history. Of course, the aeroplanes are just a part of what we do. Their continued safe operation relies on very specific skill sets, from engineering to piloting. Flying and maintaining our vintage fleet is very different from operating modern aircraft. Just as our aircraft need preserving, so do the skilled workers who can stitch and dope fabric surfaces, overhaul a radial engine or land a Dragon Rapide in a crosswind.

With over 30aircraft in our collection, our base is at our Coventry Airbase at historic Baginton Airport. We also operate our aircraft nationwide and they will be available for displays, flypasts and air shows across the UK and overseas.

The Trust aims to be a centre of excellence for education and will be providing training in engineering and piloting skills. With an already well known fleet of iconic aircraft and specialist skills established over twenty years, Classic Air Force offers exciting opportunities for individuals and organisations to be involved with this unique heritage project.

The Trust operates as a fully registered charity and currently has the following trustees:

Tim Skeet – Chairman and Trustee
Mike Collett – Trustee