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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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Miles Gemini
Status: New restoration
Owned by: The Classic Aircraft Trust
Current location: Coventry
Available for pleasure flights: No

There's a restoration bay at Coventry being prepared for an exciting newcomer.

Miles Gemini G-AKDK is the newest addition to our fleet. We purchased her for The Classic Aircraft Trust in October 2013 from Peter Turner, one of our Classic Air Force members. There's a long programme of restoration ahead, but we hope to return her to the skies in 2015.

She'll be shipped first to Coventry where she'll be assessed for condition by restoration masters Dave and Tricia Fenton. Tricia and Dave are old friends, and they recently completed the award-winning restoration of our beautiful Percival Proctor. They'll conceive a detailed project plan and then oversee the process, working closely with our team of engineers and indispensible volunteers. There's little doubt that the result will be as perfect as the Proctor.

We're looking forward to welcoming her, first in Coventry, and then in her future permanent home in Newquay.  The Gemini has a reputation for being a delight to fly, and it's even possible that she may be available for pleasure flights on completion. She'd certainly be an experience for passengers, with her twin Cirrus engines and retractable undercarriage making her a spritely performer.

Please Support This Restoration

We expect the restoration cost to exceed £50,000, a big expense for the charity. But the Gemini was one of the most successful private aviation aircraft of all time, and very few remain in flyable condition. We feel the cost is entirely justified for such a historically significant aeroplane.

We would be extremely grateful for any donation you are able to make towards returning the Gemini to the skies. If you feel you can help, then please click the button below to donate via PayPal.