14 JANUARY 2013
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The 'Classic Air Force' visitor attraction at Newquay-Cornwall Airport is moving along “very nicely” according to Chairman Tim Skeet, and should be open to the public by the end of March. Amongst the planes expected to make their home at Newquay is the world’s oldest flying twin-engined jet (RAF Gloster Meteor T7) and three de Havilland Dragon Rapide biplanes, which will be available for pleasure flights across the South West.
Announced last July, Classic Air Force will be based at the airport’s Aerohub and backed by Cornwall County Council. The “living museum” is expected to become a major visitor attraction and will also offer employment opportunities for youngsters and an outlet for retirees wishing to pass on their skills.
Originally formed at Coventry Airport (where it ran out of space) Classic Air Force (The Classic Air Trust) was founded by aviation enthusiast and professional pilot Mike Collett over 30 years ago and is a living memorial to the nineteen forties, fifties and sixties, although some more modern aircraft are now included.
The airport says that the new three times per week easyJet services from London (Southend) and Liverpool starting in June are beginning to fill up, particularly over the busy August period. www.classicflight.com
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