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Wickenby Airfield has a growing collection of interesting aircraft. Below are just some of the highlights, and we get lots more interesting visitors throughout the year.
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DH2Wickenby's Airco DH.2 was built in 1974.  The aircraft only flew a few times and spent the majority of its lifetime dismantled in a barn.  It was acquired by Gerry Cooper who reassembled it and flew it again in 2009 after two years of tweaking the rigging to make it fly straight.  The original DH.2 aircraft flew with a rotary engine, but Wickenby’s aircraft has an American 1940s Kinner radial engine – a far safer option making the aircraft easier to control inflight.  There are no remaining DH.2 aircraft today, and this replica is the only representative flying in the northern hemisphere. Find out more here.
ChipmunkThe de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth is a 1930s biplane designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and others as a primary trainer. The Tiger Moth remained in service with the RAF until replaced by the de Havilland Chipmunk in 1952, when many of the surplus aircraft entered civil operation. Many other nations used the Tiger Moth in both military and civil applications, and it remains in widespread use as a recreational aircraft in many countries. It is still occasionally used as a primary training aircraft, particularly for those pilots wanting to gain experience before moving on to other tailwheel aircraft, although most Tiger Moths have a skid. Many are now employed by various companies offering trial lesson experiences, like this one at Wickenby. Courtesy Wikipedia.
ChipmunkThe de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk is a tandem, two-seat, single-engined primary trainer aircraft which was the standard primary trainer for the Royal Air Force and several other air forces through much of the post-Second World War years. Today, over 500 DHC-1 Chipmunk (affectionately known as "Chippie") airframes remain airworthy with more being rebuilt every year. Find out more about this aircraft on Wikipedia.
ChipmunkThe Slingsby T67 Firefly is a two-seat aerobatic training aircraft, built by Slingsby Aviation Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire, England. It has been successfully used by the UK armed forces and other military training schools around the world for many years as a very competent basic trainer, and is operated safely by many private individuals for standard-level aerobatics. Find out more about this aircraft on Wikipedia.
ChipmunkThe Thruster T600N is a two-seat microlight aircraft built by Thruster Aircraft Services based at Wickenby Airfield. The aircraft is a remarkably strong and economic light aircraft. Weighing in at only 450kg and running on regular unleaded petrol this aircraft can fly for well over 3 hours on just 50 litres of fuel. The aircraft is capable of landing on the shortest of fields, is a great training aircraft and many microlight schools are equipped with them across the country. Find out more about this aircraft at www.thruster.co.uk.
ChipmunkThe Xtreme Air Sbach 300 is a single-seat high performance aerobatic aircraft. This new carbon fibre aircraft has superior power to weight ratio providing lots of room for a creative pilot's imagination to invent new figures whilst expanding their own flying abilities. It has a top speed of 259 mph, can roll at 450 degrees a second and has a range of 800 nm. When unleashed this aircraft transforms from a comfortable and capable tourer to a no-holds-barred cage fighter capable of anything!
ChipmunkThe Avro Lancaster, though not a Wickenby aircraft, is a regular visitor through our airspace. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Lancaster is Europe's only flying example. The "Lanc", as it was affectionately known, became the most famous and most successful of the Second World War night bombers, "delivering 608,612 tons of bombs in 156,000 sorties. Although the Lancaster was primarily a night bomber, it excelled in many other roles including daylight precision bombing, and gained worldwide renown as the "Dam Buster" used in the 1943 Operation Chastise raids on Germany's Ruhr Valley dams. We are always delighted to see it visit. For more info visit the BBMF Website.
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