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Breighton Airfield, a former Second World War heavy bomber base and cold-war nuclear missile launch site, is now home to the classic aircraft collection of the Real Aeroplane Company and the Real Aeroplane Club, an active flying club whose members own and operate many unusual, classic and ex-military aircraft.

 

The Club is also open to enthusiastic non-pilots, the benefits of which include all year access to the airfield, including any social and flying events, and a chance to get up-close-and-personal with some of the aircraft.

 

The Real Aeroplane Company's aircraft collection consists of a number of interesting aircraft. Probably the most charismatic is the Aeronca 100, first registered in March 1937 and affectionately known as 'Jeeves' (in recognition of its registration G-AEVS), this aircraft was the first of many restoration projects undertaken by the RAC and has therefore earned pride of place on their logo.

 

Military aircraft such as the 1940's Miles Magister and PT-22 represent military flying training during the Second World War, from these aircraft pilots would have progressed to such legendary types as the P-51 Mustang and Supermarine Spitfire.

 

First World War aviation also has a place at Breighton. The Real Aeroplane Company has a Sopwith Pup project in the pipeline which will utilise many original parts, and also operates a replica Fokker DR1 Triplane, similar to the one made famous by the Red Baron.

 

Many of the aircraft based at Breighton can often be seen at fly-in's and air displays around the country.