Two more planes to be displayed at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
Pilot Tony Bianchi, who has flown planes in films such as Indiana Jones and The Mummy series, has loaned two planes from his collection to be on display at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, one of which appeared in 1975 film ‘The Great Waldo Pepper’.
Tony has shown his support for the World War One site’s ongoing refurbishment, by loaning a Sopwith Camel, which appeared in the 1975 film, and a Fokker Eindecker, for the public to enjoy.
Ivor Dallinger, Curator at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, said: “Tony is a great supporter of the aerodrome and has loaned many artefacts that he has acquired over the period of his career.
“By May we will have six planes on display in our hanger, Tony’s involvement is very much appreciated, and his collection and experience will add another dimension for our visitors to enjoy.”
Tony has already loaned two of his aircraft to the aerodrome, a Bleriot that featured in the 1958 film ' Lafayette Escadrille ', which has also flown the English Channel, plus a Morane Bullet.
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Maldon in Essex, was established in 1916 as the base of the Royal Flying Corps 37 (Home Defence) Squadron, two years after the First World War began. It is now open to the public and is considered unique as no other near-complete World War One aerodrome remains in England.
We are 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, as well as the opening of its brand new exhibition in the spring.