Milton Keynes Aviation Society
enthusing about aviation since the year 2000
Saturday March 12th:
World War 2 Special Operations Day
I have arranged two visits on the same day which will give a great overview of the operations which saw secret agents and equipment dropped into Europe to support resistance groups. In the morning we visit the Carpetbaggers Aviation Museum on the site of the former Harrington airfield in Northamptonshire which was home to the 801st Bomb Group’s highly modified B-24 Liberators used for Operation Carpetbagger alongside the RAF Special Operations Executive.
The museum also covers later operations from the base.In the afternoon, we have a visit to the Tempsford Airfield Museum in Bedfordshire from where 138 and 161 “Special Duties” Squadrons operated their now famous clandestine deliveries of agents to/from occupied Europe using Lysanders, Hudsons, Halifaxes and other types. Our visit includes a tour hosted by Lady Erroll on whose land the airfield now sits and we will get to see the Gibraltar Barn where agents received their final kitting out and briefings.I should be able to accommodate a minimum of 25 people for each visit and the visits can be booked individually or as a pair. I have allowed enough time between the two venues so that we can have a pub lunch for those who wish to do so.
The cost is £5 for the Carpetbaggers museum and £9 for the Tempsford museum - £14 for the pair.
Sunday May 8th
Brooklands Museum, Surrey
A visit to this excellent museum chronicling the history of both aviation and motor racing on the site. Many iconic British aircraft were designed and/or built here – Hurricane, Wellington, Viking, Viscount, Vanguard and VC-10 – and Barnes-Wallis spent 40 years working from his office here. We will have an introductory talk before having the rest of the day free to explore the entire site. If you like motorsport as well as aviation, this will be heaven for you as there is a fantastic collection of vehicles here as well.
Places are not limited and the cost will be £14 per head which includes the talk and a voucher for tea/coffee and a cake! If you wish to take advantage of the 35 minute Concorde Experience (see http://www.brooklandsconcorde.co.uk for details), this needs to be booked in advance and will cost an additional £5.
Sunday October 16th
We have finally managed to get a date agreed for a visit to Warton in Lancashire where BAe produces Typhoons and now Hawks. We will be shown round the production lines and upgrade facilities and this is a great opportunity to see the UK’s only remaining major complete aircraft manufacturing facility.
We are limited to 15 places at a cost of £10
April or Sept 2016
I am looking at options for this and will get back to those of you who have expressed an interest in due course.
For all visit bookings please contact our Visits Organiser (see the 'Contact Us' page for details).
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