BE2 in flight


Stepping back in time at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome flying event

  • Be2e

  • The Turbulent Display team

  • Visitors enjoying the evening


The magic of vintage aircraft lit up the skies over Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Maldon in Essex on Friday 10 June, for the aerodrome's first ever evening flying event.

In the gentle breeze, crowds watched displays by the WW1 reproduction aircraft: BE2e, Sopwith Snipe and Albatros. The aerodrome was once a base for 37 (Home Defence) Squadron during World War One and seeing these aircraft demonstrate early aviation technology is like stepping back in time to a different era.

The flying continued into the evening with displays by a 1936 de Havilland Hornet Moth and a thrilling display of formation flying and good old fashioned barnstorming by the The Tiger Club Turbulent Display Team.

Peter Martin, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Trust Chairman, said:

This was our first evening flying event, and it was fantastic for all to see the aircraft in action as the day drew to a close, just as they would have been when the aerodrome was first operational.  

“These events are enjoyed by so many and we would like to thank all of those that make it possible. We are extremely grateful to the local community, pilots, The WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust, and our hard working volunteers for continuing to support our events.

“Our next vintage flying event will be held on the evening of 15 July and we welcome all to attend to witness the magic of the aircraft taking flight.” 

Throughout 2016 we will be hosting an informative and educational programme of commemorative activities to commemorate the role of the brave servicemen and women of 37 (Home Defence) Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. To find out more about these activities please visit our events page

A visit to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is a fantastic family day out in Essex. The aerodrome is open to the public from 10am – 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. Pre-arranged group visits, including coach trips, are also welcome to visit on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Children under 16 visit free with adult tickets costing £8. More information on opening times and entrance fees.

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