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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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Vickers Varsity - A New Kind of Wellington
Manufacturer: Vickers-Armstrong, Bournemouth
In Service: 1951-1976
Purpose: Twin-engined bomber crew, navigation and multi-engine conversion training aircraft
Construction: Wings: All-metal
Fuselage: All Metal
Tailplane: All Metal
Control surfaces: All Metal
Length: 67 ft 6 in (20.57 m)
Wingspan: 95 ft 7 in (29.13 m)
Height: 23 ft 11 in (7.29 m)
Weight: 27,040 lb (12 265 kg)
Power Plant: 2 × Bristol Hercules 264 14-cylinder radial engines, 1,950 hp (1,455 kW) each
Maximum Speed: 250 kn (288 mph, 464 km/h) at 10,000 ft (3,000 m)
Cruising Speed: N/A
Range: 2,302 nmi (2,648 mi, 4,263 km)
Service ceiling: 28,700 ft (8,750 m)
Initial rate of climb: 1,400 ft/min (426.72 m/min)