ACA Woking News by Paul Holden, PRO

10 July 2001

WOKING AIRCREW ASSOCIATION
VISITS DUXFORD

A Stearman PT17 Primary Trainer in the new American Museum at Duxford
Duxford PT17

Two Hurricanes flew in immaculate formation in less than ideal weather conditions
Duxford Hurricanes
Harvard AT6A Advanced Trainer
in the new American Museum at Duxford
Duxford Harvard

On Saturday 7th July, 45 members and wives of the Woking Branch of the Aircrew Association went by coach from Fairoaks Airport to Duxford, to visit the International Air Museum and watch the "Flying Legends" display, where some 50 examples of operational aircraft from World War 2 were to take the air. Despite low cloud and reduced visibility, many of these famous aircraft, including Hurricanes, Spitfires, Corsairs, Skyraiders, a Gladiator, a Blenheim and a B17 bomber took to the air to show their paces, before the rest of the show was cancelled due to the unseasonable lowering cloud base and increasingly restricted visibility.

However, no visit to Duxford is wasted because of the wealth of historic aircraft and land fighting vehicles, brilliantly laid out with informative displays and live action videos from all major fronts in World Wars 1 and 2. In particular, many pilots enjoyed seeing beautifully-restored examples of the primary and advanced trainers on which they learned to fly, as well as many of the operational types on which they subsequently served.

The next Branch Outing is to Wilton Carpet factory, Shopping and Garden Centre on Wednesday September 12th. Contact Alec Dunbar on 01276 474779 for details.

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