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Red Arrows, Lancaster, B-17 to display at Sywell Airshow!

4th August 2012

Red Arrows

We are delighted to announce that the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the world-famous Red Arrows will be displaying for us at the Sywell Airshow on 19th August 2012. Their full half hour display is a thrilling mix of formation aerobatics and dramatic opposition passes and will be the highlight of an approximately three hour long flying display.

Discounted advance tickets are now available from the Sywell Airshow website so make sure of your place now and help us to raise as much money as possible for the Air Ambulance - in 2010 we raised a whopping £31,744.30 so let's try and beat that!

As well as the Reds we'll also be welcoming various WWII warbirds including a Spitfire, Hurricane, two Mustangs, two Dakotas, B-17 "Sally B", the BBMF Lancaster and many more aircraft - see the Sywell Airshow website for full details.

Sywell Aviation Museum - The Day of the Hunter!

On the 2nd of August 2012, Sywell Aviation Museum took delivery of its first complete airframe - Hawker Hunter F.2 WN904.

Toasting the Hunter's arrival

This machine is the only complete F.Mk.2 variant of this successful British jet left worldwide. Built in 1953 she saw squadron service exclusively with 257 Squadron at Wattisham before being grounded by damage in January 1956. Repaired and put into storage, by 1958 she had retired from frontline service and became a ground instructional airframe. In 1974 she was transferred to the Imperial War Museum, Duxford where she was displayed prior to her transfer as a gate guardian to the former RAF Waterbeach (Waterbeach Barracks) in Cambridgeshire in the late 1980s.

Returned to Duxford in 1998 for a spruce-up she again took up guard duties at Waterbeach in 1999. With the army leaving Waterbeach this year,the site is to close and be turned into housing. Initially on loan from the IWM the Hunter has a rosy future at Sywell and is in excellent overall condition. She wears 1 Sqn and 56 Sqn markings and at present there are no plans to change these until a future repaint at the Museum. The Museum commented "We are absolutely over the moon that we were able to secure our first airframe for Sywell. We are incredibly grateful to the staff at IWM Duxford who have simply been amazing - especially John Delaney, Emily Dodd and Jon White - we also must thank the lads from Welch's Specialist Movements who did an great job in transporting her safely to us and Dave Thomas who put her back together for us. The Hunter means a huge amount to us - and her arrival is a terrific compliment to the Museum!".

The Museum is very keen to secure some photographs of her in service - if you can help, please get in touch!

The Hunter will of course be available for viewing at the forthcoming Sywell Airshow on the 19th of August 2012.

For more information about the Museum please contact us.

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