As the latest lockdown comes into force new guidance has been issued by the DfT. This can be found by following the link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-general-aviation/coronavirus-covid-19-general-aviation This guidance begins with a clear statement:
For General Aviation (GA), this means that no leisure flying is permitted. Consequently, and in line with the Government guidance, the airfield is now closed for the duration of this period. As before this means that we do not have access to the airfield, the hangars or aircraft. Please be assured that if published Government guidance changes this decision will be reviewed.
Regarding Club news, as the grip of the Virus eases we will be working toward some degree of normality returning, as appropriate.
In the meantime, please stay safe.
2021 Events Calendar
Subject to the usual caveats we plan to stage the following events in 2021. Please note that the wing walking is operated from Breighton by Wingwalk Buzz, any enquiries and bookings should be directed to the Wingwalk Buzz website and NOT through the Real Aeroplane Company or Club.
When visiting Breighton Airfield please observe Government social distancing advice at all times if/where applicable.
TBC - RAC AGM - members only
TBC - Duty Manager and Fire Training
10 & 11 April - WingWalking organised by Wingwalk Buzz
17 & 18 April - Mclean Aerobatic Trophy organised and run by the BAA
2 May - Aero Jumble and Fly-in information regarding booking a table or stall to follow
22 & 23 May - WingWalking organised by Wingwalk Buzz
30 May - LAA UK 7 Scottish Tour - night stop at Breighton
19 & 20 June - WingWalking organised by Wingwalk Buzz
26 & 27 June - VAC Return to Breighton
3 & 4 July - WingWalking organised by Wingwalk Buzz
17 & 18 July - UK Vintage Aerobatic Competition (NEW) and Hangar Bash (more details closer to the event)
1st & 2nd August - Fly-Out LAA Vale of York Strut @ Rufforth
13 - 15 August - Fly-Out Old Timer Fly in @ Schaffen Diest (***CANCELLED***)
21 & 22 August - WingWalking organised by Wingwalk Buzz
29 August - Chilton Aircraft & Mikron Engine Aircraft Fly-in - Summer BBQ
3 - 5 September - Fly-Out LAA Rally @ Sywell
4 & 5 September - WingWalking organised by Wingwalk Buzz
13 November - Remembrance Sunday
4 December - Christmas Party
We reserve the right to alter or add to this list of events. Be sure to check our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute information.
Visiting aircraft are welcome to fly in 365 days a year.
REFRESHMENTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE AIRFIELD VIA A POP-UP OUTDOOR TAKEAWAY FACILITY
Gate Guardian, our Club newsletter, has returned following a lengthy hiatus, largely due to the lack of airfield activity during the Worldwide pandemic. The latest edition is crammed full of Club matters, aircraft news, Breighton nostalgia and aviation history - it is available to read or download HERE.
The answers to our newsletter crossword are as follows:
ACROSS: 5. saratoga, 7. Dart Kitten, 8. Pobjoy, 10. Halifax, 11. Edgar Schmued, 12. Jungmann. DOWN: 1. Thor, 2. Tomorrow Never Dies, 3. Jeeves, 4. NOSMO, 5. Ark Royal, 9. Dishforth.
SAAB 91D Safir
The latest addition to the Breighton based historic aircraft population is this former Austrian Air Force SAAB 91D recently imported to the UK by Taff Smith. The 91D model was the final production variant of the Safir (Swedish for 'Sapphire') powered by a Lycoming O-360-A1A motor producing 180 horsepower, as opposed to the original Gypsy Major and Lycoming O-435 motors installed in earlier variants, it was also fitted with disk brakes and various weight saving refinements. 24 examples were purchased for the Austrian Air Force in the training role and based at Zeltweg with students progressing to the SAAB 29 Tunnan and, latterly, the SAAB 105 - it remained in this role until retirement in 1992. The Safir was located in Italy but travel restrictions during the covid pandemic meant that the aircraft couldn't be flown back to the UK so it was containerised and sent by road, rail and ship instead. The aircraft was reassembled, certified and readed for its first flight from Breighton in December 2020.
Wing Walking - 10-11 October 2020Wing walking returned to the sky above Breighton during the weekend of 10-11 October. It was a mixed-bag weather wise but the, occasionally, Baltic northerly did nothing to deter the assembled thrill-seekers, as Tom Wray's pictures show...
New Arrival Part #2
Chilton G-ASFV's stablemate arrived at Breighton on September 17th. Chilton DW-1 G-AESZ is no stranger to Breighton airfield, having participated in a number of events over the years, including a memorable appearance at our Centenary of Flight show during which she, briefly, flew alongside Mew Gull G-AEXF. First registered in 1937 and test flown by Ranald Porteous from Witney Aerodrome in April of that year. Visibly quite different to 'SV on account of the nose profile being built to fit the Carden Ford engine (basically a modified car engine) as opposed to the Train inline engine fitted to the younger of the two aircraft. The aircraft was entered into a number of races with reasonable success but, on 24th May 1953, having recently been modified for the Kings Cup, it suffered a landing accident which, to all intents and purposes, should have ended its flying career. June 1984, enter Roy Nerou. Roy took on the task of restoring 'SZ to fly and, in September 2001 she embarked on her first post restoration flight from Rendcomb with Roger Bailey at the controls. There were no problems whatsoever, the Chilton flew beautifully, the first time a Carden engined Chilton had flown in almost fifty years and confirming the heavy Carden Ford engine of only 30hp is quite capable of giving a creditable performance in the lightly built airframe. (Photo by Andy Wood)
New Spitfire takes to the sky at Breighton
Somewhat appropriately the Breighton based new-build Spitfire Mk.26 made its first flight on the September the 15th, 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, following an epic 14 year build! Andy Wood was on-hand at the airfield to capture the action.
New Arrival Part #1
The latest aircraft to join the growing Real Aeroplane Company Collection arrived at Breighton by road in Thursday 3rd of September. The Chilton DW 1A is a light sports aircraft circa 1939, reputedly the only aircraft to come out of De Havilland Aircraft not to bear the company name. Designed and built by 2 students, the Hon. Andrew William Henry Dalrymple, son of Sir John Dalrymple 12th Earl of Stair and Alexander Reginald Ward, son of Sir Hon. John Ward - their surnames being the D and W in the aircraft name. Dalrymple flew 'SV in the Folkestone Aero Trophy Race at Lympne on 5 August 1939, coming home first place with an average speed of 126 mph. After the war it also broke the 100 km international closed circuit record at 124.5 mph at Lympne airfield on 31 August 1947, flown on that occasion by Ranald Porteus. This particular example, restored by Roy Nerou, is powered by an ultra rare Train 4 cylinder inline motor.
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL - part #2 follows shortly :-)
August Bank Holiday Weekend
Whilst it wasn't possible to host the Summer BBQ event due to the ongoing covid restrictions the airfield was still a hive of activity as Tom Wray's photographs illustrate:
A brace of photos paying tribute to the legend that is Dave Marshall, sadly having recently passed away following a short illness. Dave supported the website for as long as I can remember and was always good company at the airfield, along with his co-conspirators in the self-titaled 'JATHC'. He often referred to Breighton as his second home and, even when mobility occasionally got the better of him, would observe the going's on via the airfield webcams. The 28 end will never be the same again - RIP Sir, and thank you. Dav
Some of the goings-on at Breighton during the weekend of August 1-2: Always a joy to announce a new resident aircraft at Breighton, even more so when it comes from such a superb pedigree. The Fokker S-11 Instructor (picture 1) was designed as a military trainer just after the Second World War serving, initially, with the Royal Netherlands Air Force and Navy. The Israeli, Italian and Brazilian Air Force also used the type although many of the Italian and Brazilian aircraft were built under licence by Aermacchi and Fokker Brazil. The Breighton based example was built in the Netherlands in 1950 and displays authentic Royal Netherlands Air Force markings. Picture 2 shows the Yorkshire Air Ambulance EC145 G-YOAA which called in for fuel. Picture 3 shows the latest Real Aeroplane Company acquisition, Piper J3 Cub basking in summer sunshine. All pictures by Andy Wood
More amazing pictures from Breighton during the first weekend of August - with thanks to Steve Blee and Jez Poller:
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Waivered AirspaceThe waivered airspace on the North Side of the airfield which is used for aerobatic/display practice is only available when Alan Marsland or Tony Smith are present at the airfield with immediate effect. Pilots should remain clear of this area at all other times. Wing Walking Aircraft operators have their own display authorisation and are in order using this airspace in the meantime. Further details on this action will follow.