Stow Maries Fly-in September 2015
The September sunshine brought families out to spend the day at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome. Vintage and modern aircraft including Tiger Moths, Stampes, Piper Cubs, a de Havilland Chipmunk and a Boeing Stearman, flew in to visit this most intact remaining WW1 aerodrome. The younger visitors had a computer flight simulator and model pedal-powered aircraft to keep them busy.
Guided tours of this heritage site brought to life the role that the Royal Flying Corps 37 Squadron (Home Defence) played in defending the nation from German Zeppelins and bombers. Classic cars from Colne Valley Car Club and Essex Classic Cars and Coffee drew interest as they parked near the flight line. Stalls selling local produce saw their chutneys and other goods being bought as edible souvenirs.
The highlight of the weekend was to see the WW1 reproduction German fighter, the Albatros fly – a reminder of early aviation technology and the challenges faced by young pilots in WW1. The Albatros is one of three WW1 reproduction flying aircraft operated at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome by The WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust.
Russell Savory, Aerodrome Operations Manager, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome commented:
The great weather on Sunday meant we had ideal conditions for visiting aircraft and for flying the WW1 reproduction Albatros. On behalf of the Trustees of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome I would like to thank all our volunteers who helped make the event a success, including the ATC who as ever did great job from first thing in the morning until the end of the day.
Our thanks also to the Albatros pilot, Rob Gauld-Galliers for his support over the weekend. We are as ever very grateful for the enthusiastic and continued support from the local community and our aviation followers.
Photos by David Davies