|[10 AUG 99] AIR
Airshow Returns To Baginton
Coventrys famous air show is back for the first time
since a pilot was tragically killed in a crash eleven years ago.
Visitors to Coventrys Baginton Airport on Sunday 15
August will be treated to a festival of flying lasting eight hours, including an air race.
The event is being organised by Baginton based pollution
control specialists Air Atlantique.
John Reeve, general manager of Air Atlantique said:
"Our chairman Mike Collett felt that we should bring
some activity back to the airport.
"We took it over last year and this is our way of
reminding the people of Coventry and Warwickshire of the fine facility they have on their
"The Baginton Air Show was always a big attraction to
local people and huge crowds used to enjoy a great day out.
"We aim to recreate that. The show was halted after
the tragic plane crash eleven years ago, but we feel it is time it became part of the
local events calendar once more.
"I think the spectators will enjoy seeing the
collection of 1950s aircraft as well as the excitement of the air race which was always an
exciting end to the old air shows. About five aircraft will take part in the race over a
four lap circuit which goes down as far as Harbury. Our hope is that a great day out is
had by all."
The show will involve more than aircraft. Glenn Miller
orchestras will conjure up memories of the Second World War as aircraft from the 1950s fly
There will be a fete with dozens of stalls, a variety of
classic road vehicles including Jaguar and Armstrong Siddeley and even a Churchill tank.
Children will have fun on a bouncy castle and there will be
refreshments and bars.
The gates will open at 10.30am and there will be pleasure
flying throughout the day on a DC3, a twin Pioneer and a Rapide at a fee of £25 per
The air show will begin at 2pm and the air race takes place
at 5.30pm. Pleasure flying will continue for another hour.
The flypast aircraft will
include a Hunter, Tiger Moth, T28 Fennec, Harvard C45, Spitfire, Avenger, Mustang, Vampire
and Venom, Meteor NF11, Pembroke Devon, Avro Anson, Dassault Flamant, DC3, DC4, DC6, Sea
Fury, Canberra, Electra, AN2, AN12, and a L29 Dolphin. There will also be a wing-walking
Tickets can be purchased in advance from The Coventry
Evening Telegraph at the discount prices of £7 per adult and £3.75 for senior citizens
and children over 12 years of age. On the day adults pay £10 and senior citizens and
children over 12 pay £5. Children under 12 go free.
The last air show in 1988 ended tragically when Flight
Lieutenant Peter Stacey was killed when his Meteor aircraft crashed in the Stoke Aldermoor
district of Coventry. He was praised for his skill in steering the diving plane away from
the Ernesford Grange housing estate. He crashed on open ground next to Langbank Avenue and
the spot is marked by engraved monument.
[PHOTOGRAPHS COPYRIGHT (c)1999 NICK CHALLENOR, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED]