This summer’s Thunder Day will feature the return of our Buccaneer XN974 to the live aircraft schedule. Now repainted in her original Royal Navy colour scheme, everyone will be enjoying seeing this aircraft running once again. An approximate schedule for this Thunder Day is below. Never forget, of course, that we relay on the co-operation of these old aircraft to come to life in the hands of our skilled volunteer engineers, so timings may vary on the day.
10:00 Gates open.
10:30 Fire team activities – everyone loves a large fire engine. Here’s the children’s chance to try operating the large fire hose of the mighty Pathfinder. Adults, as ever, are jealous.
11:30 RAF Se5A & East Church Kitten – our classic biplanes will be running their engines alongside each other, if it’s a hot summers day, the breeze will be welcome.
11:45 De Havilland Devon – after some work to her engines, our Devon is now much more reliable on startup, watch out for the clouds of oil smoke as she clears the cylinders when the propellors start turning.
12:00 Douglas Dakota – Everyone loves the rumble of the C47 Dakota’s twin radial engines. This original parachute aircraft will be running once again.
12:30 Time for lunch. Make a sprint for the NAAFI restaurant, Sunday Lunch is always in demand.
13:30 RAF Se5A & East Church Kitten – Another chance to enjoy the classic biplanes after lunch.
13:45 Blackburn Buccaneer – everyone has been looking forward to the return of the Buccaneer to the live aircraft lineup. Have your cameras ready to capture her running through the routine of those folding wings.
14:15 Nimrod – The first of our two big four engined jets, the Nimrod team will be busy on board as the complex systems are tested. Check out the video below for a behind the scenes view from the flight deck.
14:45 De Havilland Devon – Our second Devon engine run. Listen to the smoothness of the six cylinder engines, cared for by our engineering team.
15:15 Douglas Dakota – our second Dakota engine run of the day, don’t forget that once she’s finished running, you can explore the interior of this aircraft yourself.
15:45 Victor – Probably more popular now than ever, Victor XL231 will finish the day with those mighty jet engines. Everyone thinks that one engine is loud, but then the crew start the other three..
Please note: Thunder Days admission are £12 Adult, £10 Concession, £5 Child & £30 Family (2 Adults & 3 Children). Tickets may be purchased on the day or in advance through our online store here.