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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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Vampire: The Ghost in the Machine
Manufacturer: William Lawrence & Co Ltd., Nottingham/F&W; at Altenrhein, Switzerland
In Service: 1946-1966
Purpose: Jet fighter
Jet trainer
Construction: Wings: All metal
Fuselage: Plywood
Tailplane: All metal
Control surfaces: All metal
Length: 30 ft 9 in (9.37 m)
Wingspan: 38 ft (11.58 m)
Height: 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m)
Weight: 7,283 lb (3,304 kg)
Power Plant: 1 × de Havilland Goblin 3 centrifugal turbojet, 3,350 lbf (14.90 kN)
Maximum Speed: 548 mph (882 km/h)
Cruising Speed: N/A
Range: 1,220 mi (1,960 km)
Service ceiling: 42,800 ft (13,045 m)
Initial rate of climb: 4,800 ft/min[44] (24.4 m/s)