A very special VC-10 day. (see more)

On Sunday we had the pleasure and privilege of spending the day with Sqn Ldr Kev Booth and his partner Joanne here at the centre.

Kev was part of the crew (flight engineer) that brought ZA148 – our stunning VC10, into Newquay in August 2013.

Having kept in touch with Kev, he kindly offered to come and see us and help us with questions, info, experiences and VC10 related things that would help us to pass on to visitors. In fact he did far more – many visitors on the day were lucky enough to sit and chat with Kev (who rightly occupied his old seat) and were able to chat and get the best tour ever.

Some of our own VC10 team, spent the day with Kev, and added some really helpful data to pass on to the tour guides.

Thanks also to Joanne – who chatted away with visitors all day and really helped make the day special – both for us and our visitors. “Well that was an unexpected bonus” was one comment from a visitor who visited with his son, as he walked back into the hangar after the tour.

So many, many thanks Kev and Jo. This was a great day for all involved and very much appreciated. See you again when we have the engines in too!

Where have the last twelve months gone! (see more)

Well it’s just twelve months since we had the idea to start this lovely  facility we have here.

We had no idea just how difficult it could be! But thanks to many people we got there – and now six months old, are delighted to see so many very happy visitors – of all ages.

The photo attached is one of the earliest moves – taking the VC10 steps down the old Southern taxiway to our new home. The support from Cornwall Airport was a huge help and we could not have done this without their help.

I will continue to make some posts about how we did it, the people that have made it possible, the extreme effort – and it really has been extreme – that our incredible volunteers have made. There have been a number of key elements that have made this possible.

But for now this very happy reminder of Steve G from the airport – and some of us in the back of the tug!

Please do come and visit us – we need visitors to keep this story going – IT’S ONLY JUST STARTED…

Stepping back in time for Squadron Leader Robert Snare

A special day for us at CAHC. The reason was because we had the pleasure and honour of meeting Squadron Leader Robert Snare.
Robert used to fly the actual two Hunters we have here. He flew around 3000 sorties patrolling the borders of the old West Germany during the cold war years of the 1950s.
We had a great chat in the café whereby he told myself and Ian Raymer (who set up todays visit) about the time he came under fire from his own side! – Totally accidently as the “other” Hunter pilot pushed the wrong button and shot at Roberts F4 instead of taking photos!! – Apparently the two buttons were very close and easily done!. Well Robert responded by putting his own Hunter F4 into a dive, and avoided being shot down despite a blast of about 30 rounds from the 30mm Aden cannons!
“How did you feel?” I asked in a way only a non-military chap could ask! “Well quite happy they missed” was his understated reply.
Robert is now 83 years old – and a very young 83 I must add. He climbed into his old cockpit far easier than I could – and when asked how he felt, responded with an emotional “well it feels like being home again”
It was a real pleasure meeting Robert and his lovely wife and family. We recreated this photo today. It was a direct replica of himself – and the F4 he flew in so many missions. A real gem of a moment for us.
Robert went on to tell us why places like ours are so important in the preservation of stories and memories – as well as the aircraft – and of a very dangerous period of humanity – The Cold War.
We will be making a display showing much more of this story. This is just a few lines for now, but more to follow.
Thank you Robert for coming to see us and share your memories – our best day of our short history for sure.