Covid-19 - Lockdown #2 - PLEASE READDear fellow RAC member
As the Government places the country into a national lockdown it seems only appropriate that the airfield adheres to this and temporarily closes.
This decision has been taken pending an announcement from the DfT and I will update you in due course.
This means that, until further DfT guidance, from 5th November until 2nd December we do not have access to the airfield, the hangars or aircraft.
Regarding Club news, a Newsletter is almost ready to be published and will be emailed to you late November/ early December. In addition to the usual entertaining and informative articles, I will be covering the key Club related topics some of you are talking and asking about.
As a prelude to this; in light of the impact the pandemic has had on Club events and services, I am pleased to inform that your membership for 2021 will be free, and will be automatically renewed.
I hope to see you again before too long. In the meantime, please stay safe.
Chairman, Real Aeroplane Club
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:
Subject to the usual caveats we plan to stage the following events. Please observe Government social distancing advice at all times:
November 8 - Remembrance Service - memorial service, flypast ***CANCELLED***
December 5 - Christmas Party ***CANCELLED***
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
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.