BE2 in flight


Eyes to the skies at our vintage flying event


Crowds flocked to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome in Essex to enjoy our first vintage flying event of the year. The two-day event, on 14 and 15 May, saw vintage and modern aircraft taking to the skies for the enjoyment of over 800 visitors at the aerodrome, which was once a base for 37 (Home Defence) Squadron during World War One.

Peter Martin, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Trust Chairman, said: “The vintage flying event was a great success, it was fantastic for all to see the aircraft in action, just as they would have been when the aerodrome was first operational.

We would like to thank the local community, pilots and our hard working volunteers for continuing to support our events which are enjoyed by so many.

“Our next vintage flying event will be held on the evening of 10 June and we welcome all to attend to witness the magic of the aircraft taking flight.”

Vintage and reproduction aircraft including a BE2e and Sopwith Snipe, operated by the WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust, participated in a thrilling display much to the awe of visitors.

Other aircraft at the event included; a 1936 Hornet Moth, two Tiger Moths, a Leopard Moth, a pair of Stampe SV.4s, a pair of 1930s aircraft a Civilian Coupe and a Rearwin, a group of Piper Cubs, a rare Miles Magister and The Tiger Club Turbulent Display Team, flying D31 Turbulents. 

Throughout 2016 Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome will be hosting an informative and educational programme of commemorative activities in its centenary year, including Fly-ins and special events to commemorate the role of the brave servicemen and women of 37 (Home Defence) Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.

Our brand new interactive museum was recently opened by Maldon MP and Culture Secretary John Whittingdale and 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.

For more images of the event visit our gallery.

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