Here’s a short rundown on our anticipated schedule for this Saturday 7th May. It’s looking like we have fine weather for the weekend, so feel free to come and join us.
From Saturday lunchtime onwards, we are planning some taxiing trials of the C47 Dakota on the large concrete ‘pan’ area of the airfield. Assuming we have the co-operation of her two Wasp radial engines, we will be undertaking some testing and crew training from around lunchtime. Following the winter overhaul work by our engineers, we’ve been rewarded with increasing reliability from her engines.
Additionally, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be giving a fly by some time after lunch with their own Dakota. This isn’t a full airshow display, but she will be making several passes which will be a great photo opportunity. With luck, we’ll be able to enjoy two sets of big radial engines running at the same time!
Our own Dakota will be making several further taxi runs throughout the afternoon, the objective being to test the aircraft and allow some crew training to take place. We will have a professional Dakota pilot with us for the day, who’s experience is being passed on to our team.
Additionally, our De Havilland Devon will be running and taxiing at the same location, again in the afternoon. This will be the first time that the Devon has been taxied away from the Museum.
The more we operate these big piston engines the more reliable they become, as long periods of inactivity are never good for old engines. By doing this, we hope to build on these periods of excercise for the aircraft, which will give visitors a chance to see them running on a regular basis.
Opening Hours and Entrance
Our opening hours are our normal 10:00 to 17:00, with entrance through the normal visitor car park.
Standard entrance fees will apply, with no additional costs to visitors, so this is a great opportunity to see these lovely old aircraft taxiing once again.
Access to the airfield area where the aircraft will be manoeuvring will be through the Museum footpath, where a spectator area has been created for visitors. Elderly or infirm visitors note that the path is gravel, so we have provision for disabled access should you need it. Our guides will be able to assist you.
Our NAAFI will be open throughout the day, serving our usual menu of snacks or full meals, plus of course, we have cake!
We hope you can join us on this informal day, these old piston engines will give a pleasant contrast to the technology and power of the jets from our Thunder Days.
As ever, our best laid plans are, of course, subject to the co-operation of these old aircraft and may be subject to change.