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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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Chrislea Super Ace: Pedals not included
Chrislea Super Ace cockpit Super Ace cockpit showing pedal Chrislea Super Ace under mainten
Status: Flying
Owned by: The Classic Aircraft Trust
Current location: Coventry
Available for pleasure flights: No

It's ugly enough to be almost pretty...

Everything about Victor Fox is just slightly... odd. The undercarriage is just a bit too short, the cockpit glasshouse just a tad too close to the tailplane. And, speaking of the tail, there's a distinct suggestion that someone bought a 1/72 Airfix Lancaster kit and accidentally got the pieces mixed up with a 1/24 Revell Auster. And it's just possible that the nosewheel came from a Dyson.

After more than sixty years, we have to accept that she's not going to turn overnight into a swan. She's not even particularly nice to fly, so if you ask us why we love her so much, we might struggle for an answer.

But we do.

Our Super Ace was first registered in March 1948 with construction number 114 by the Chrislea Aircraft Company, based at Exeter in Devon. It first flew in 1950 and was sold abroad to Pakistan where it was operated for 7 years by the Lahore Ferozepur Transport Company, with the registration AP-ADT.

In 1959 it was back in the UK as G-AKVF, where it had a number of owners through the years and in 2000 the aircraft was refurbished and fitted with new radios and a new metal propeller. It's also been fitted with rudder pedals, making it a far more familiar beastie to fly.

The Super Ace was donated to the Trust in 2012 by Mike Collett and Air Atlantique.