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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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de Havilland Venom: Furnace in a wooden tube
Manufacturer: Pilatus, Switzerland under licence from de Havilland Ltd, Hatfield
In Service: 1952-1983
Purpose: Single-seat jet fighter, night fighter, fighter-bomber
Construction: Wings: All metal
Fuselage: Plywood
Tailplane: All metal
Control surfaces: All metal
Length: 31 ft 10 in (9.70 m)
Wingspan: 41 ft 8 in (12.70 m)
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 9,202 lb (4,173 kg)
Power Plant: 1 × de Havilland Ghost 103 turbojet, 4,850 lbf (21.6 kN)
Maximum Speed: 640 mph (556 kn, 1,030 km/h)
Cruising Speed: N/A
Range: 1,080 mi (934 nmi, 1,730 km)
Service ceiling: 39,400 ft (12,000 m)
Initial rate of climb: 9,000 ft/min (45.7 m/s)