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!
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…
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.
We were delighted to be able to offer Allan a flight from our site, to celebrate his 90th birthday.
After 72 year Allan once again took the controls of an aircraft in the Fly Nqy PA28
Happy birthday Allan. We hope to see you again next year…
“Fabulous day out ”
Amazingly friendly and helpful staff, especially the young man who showed us around the VC10, who was exceptional in his descriptions and explanations of the aircraft. This is the first aviation museum that we’ve been able to sit in the aircraft and have a hands on experience. I think my husband will forever have a huge smile on his face, now that he has not only sat in the cockpit of a Harrier but a Canberra and a VC10 too. Every single person there has a huge amount of knowledge and is amazingly helpful. If you are expecting a modern sanitised attraction, with hundreds of planes all lined up, secure behind a barrier then you are in for a pleasant surprise, every plane can be touched and most can be sat in. This is not a faceless experience and the passion of all involved is apparent from the moment you arrive. If you are an enthusiast you will fall instantly in love and if you are just looking for something to do for the day, you will no doubt become one. The entry fee is tiny for the experience, the diner is clean and the food is good, the shop has just enough bits a bobs to keep children happy. An added free experience for the enthusiast is the various different aircraft landing and taking off from the airport, we saw a Hercules, Sea King (civil version, S61N) and a 737 doing touch and go circuits. Absolute bliss! Thank you to you all (especially the chap who insisted I get in his microlights) Jane xx
To say we are proud of our work here would be a huge understatement. Here is an example of our Vickers Varsity WJ 945
Our volunteers took delivery of the 1950s Varsity in a rather less than ideal condition and in many pieces! The aircraft has been reassembled, repainted with a very strong paint, the inside has had considerable work done – and it has been made safe for moving and exhibiting. A very extensive restoration to make a fantastic static exhibit – to be viewed inside and out.
Had a great family afternoon out at the Cornwall Aviation Heritage centre. Rather than the exhibits being behind barriers with signs to read, you are guided by knowledgeable enthusiasts who help you in and out of the pilot, navigator and engineer’s seats to let you get a real feel for what it might have been like to fly in some classic aircraft. The emphasis here is on quality rather than quantity, but our children ended up sitting at the controls of at least 9 different aircraft, including a Harrier and Canberra. There was even a chance to sit in some of the volunteers’ own machines and talk with them about what it’s like to own, restore and fly some unique craft. With a great retro design cafe on site you can easily spend a good few hours here, and we will be back in the summer to see what else has been added to the collection.