1. Trip to the Gatwick Aviation Museum & the Wings Museum Balcombe - Saturday, April 22nd 2017...
The Gatwick Aviation Museum, which is based in Charlwood near Gatwick airport, has a unique collection of British aircraft from the "golden age" of British aircraft manufacture. From the end of WWII until the 1970's British aircraft designers produced some of the most innovative and advanced aircraft of the day, and this museum clearly shows that timeline in aviation terms. In the collection there are examples from the major manufacturers of this period including Avro, Hawker, Gloster, De Havilland, English Electric, Blackburn and Percival. The highlight of the visit will be a guided tour of their Shackleton MR3.
The Wings Museum, which was previously based at Redhill Aerodrome, is housed in a large hanger style building situated between Balcombe & Handcross, Sussex. The museum is approximately 12,000 sq ft & the displays are broken down into dedicated subject areas. At the centre of the museum is a complete fuselage from a Douglas C-47 Dakota which was used during the filming of the TV hit series Band of Brothers and which visitors can walk inside. The Museum provides a fascinating in-sight into life during World War Two. Each artefact or item of memorabilia tells its own unique story, set along side the sounds and music of the times. Original items can be seen from the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, the Home Front including the real Dad's Army, Russian Front, D-Day, Bomber Command, US 8th Air Force. Items on display include: Aero Engines, Propellers, Artefacts, Uniforms, Aircraft Parts, Equipment, Local History, Home Front Items and much much more!
Parking is as normal at the Portcullis field from where the coach will depart. Departure will be 09:30, returning for about 16:30. The plan will be to spend a couple of hours at the Gatwick Aviation Museum and then a further 3 hours or so at the Wings Museum. As neither museum has any catering facilities apart from a tea & coffee machine, it might therefore be worth considering bringing a packed lunch!
The cost for this trip, which will cover the cost of the coach and your entrance fee(s), is £20 per head and is payable on the day. As we only have a 25 seater coach booked, I would advise booking early to avoid disappointment!
To book a seat, please contact Andy Spencer Jones either by telephone - 020 8660 3102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Sky Heroes Day - Sunday, September 10th...
Full details for this event can be found on the Kenley Revival website by clicking here .
3. BBMF flypast - Sunday, August 20th...
This year's BBMF flypast will take place on Sunday, August 20th. Full details of the aircraft expected and the timings will be reported when known.
4. Remembrance Sunday...
The Annual Act of Remembrance will take place at the Tribute at 13:30 on Sunday, 12th November.