Stieglitz and Spartan Executive shine at Goodwood

A host of historic aircraft gathered at September’s Goodwood Revival

As always, there was a fine display of vintage aircraft lined up at The Freddie March Spirit of Aviation competition at this year’s Goodwood Revival in West Sussex, including a magnificent Grumman HU-16 Albatross – see FlyPast’s October 2023 issue.

To be eligible, the aircraft must have been manufactured before 1966, and being a judge must’ve been very difficult, so high was the quality of the machines on display. First place was taken by the 1936 Focke-Wulf Stieglitz owned by Richard Menage, which just pipped Sebastien Mazzuchetti’s 1939 Spartan Executive. Third place went to the Navy Wings Heritage Flight’s 1941-built Fairey Swordfish.

The Rob Wildeboer Cup went to the 1928-built Travel Air 4000 owned by Tom Leaver. Rob was a hugely popular member of the Goodwood team, and his sudden death was a devastating loss. He was instrumental in establishing and curating the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation display, and the cup is awarded annually to the best restoration of an aircraft, as chosen by his colleagues. It’s a fitting tribute to Rob’s lifelong passion for engineering.

Gleaming in the lowering sun – Spartan Executive at Goodwood
Gleaming in the lowering sun – Spartan Executive at Goodwood Goodwood Revival
Historic aircraft on display at the recent Goodwood Revival
Historic aircraft on display at the recent Goodwood Revival Dave Unwin
Historic aircraft on display at the recent Goodwood Revival
Historic aircraft on display at the recent Goodwood Revival Dave Unwin