North Weald 90th Anniversary Fly-in, Sunday 20 August

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North Weald 90th Anniversary Fly-in

Sunday 20 August 2006

Come and join us at North Weald to celebrate the airfield's 90th anniversary - fly in or drive in.

First opened in 1916 to combat Zeppelins attacking London, the airfield played a key role during the Battle of Britain. Today, the classic sound of the Rolls Royce Merlin is still heard – a Spitfire PRXI and P51 Mustang are based on the field along with a P40 Kittyhawk. Kennet Aviation also have a Griffon-powered Seafire F17, Skyraider and several classic British jets – the Venom, Jet Provost, Hunter and Gnat operating from their hangar. There is a thriving GA community, including several jet groups, and gliders are flown over the winter months.

Two F16s from 331 and 332 Squadrons of the Norwegian Air Force are due to attend, flown by their squadron commanders. These squadrons were based at NW during the war flying Spitfires. A party of Norwegian veterans are also attending, and there will be a dedicated veterans' marquee on site. The F16s will be departing at 1500.

The RAF presence is a Tucano from 72 Squadron, which also retains strong links with the field. 111 Squadron will hopefully be flying in a Tornado, but this has still to be confirmed.

There will be a free shuttle bus from the airfield to the North Weald Museum. The Squadron's legendary barbequed burgers will be available all day too.

For pilots flying in, there will be no landing fee, but PPR is essential on 01992 524510 to obtain a landing slot.

The tower will be operating a Flight Information Service. 100LL and Jet A1 available at competitive prices! The airfield is open from 0900 to 1900. Runway 02/20 will be in use, with 13/31 reserved for parking and the fuelling point.

Circuit height 800 feet QFE, left hand for 02 and right hand for 20. The airfield is situated under the Stansted CTA which starts at 1500 feet. Stapleford's zone is just to the South.

For those wishing to drive in, there is an entrance fee of £5 per person. £2 of this will be donated to local charities.

The recent news concerning North Weald's future is positive, but we are still by no means safe, although The Squadron's buildings have just received a fresh coat of paint. So, any support on the day will help to get the message across that we want to be here for another 90 years at least!

We look forward to seeing you there.


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I may well come instead of risking life and limb in the overcrowded circuit at Kemble.

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B***ER! Clashes with Rougham's main display this year so I'll miss out on Weald.