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Christmas came early for those wishing to get airborne in something a little bit different, with an announcement on 5 December from the recently formed, Duxfordbased Aerial Collective that it is planning to offer passenger rides in the Aircraft Restoration Company (ARC) Bristol Blenheim and Westland Lysander. It is hoped that flights will be available in the course of 2019, with 10 passenger sorties expected in each aircraft during the season.
Hannah Juggins from the Aerial Collective says, “We are currently working with the Civil Aviation Authority on the Safety Standards Acknowledgement and Consent approvals for these premium flight experiences.”
Display pilot and ARC boss John Romain adds, “The Blenheim and the ‘Lizzie’ are two aircraft that are extremely close to my heart and restoring them was a passion for me. I look forward to what the future brings as they join Aerial Collective; it will be a great way to raise the profile of these two unsung heroes of World War Two.”
For availability notification on flights in these fabled, Bristol Mercury-powered aircraft or to book flights in two-seat Spitfires and P-51D Mustangs, either ‘phone 01223 653830 or go to www.aerialcollective.co.uk.