Meteor to Debut at Cold War Jets Open Day


The Cold War Jets Open Day at Bruntingthorpe Airfield on Sunday August 25 will once again feature a number of real star performers including the venerable Vickers VC10, Handley-Page Victor and English Electric Lightning.

A new attraction making its taxying debut at the event with the iconic Meteor NF11 joining her sister aircraft, the Venom, and adding to the impressive displays on offer.

During the event, which is a great day out for all of the family, there will also be spectacular ‘fast taxi’ runs by all of the other resident aircraft including the Nimrod, Comet, Lightning, Canberra, Buccaneer, Jet Provosts, L29 Delphin and Hunter. To add to the high levels of entertainment there will also be spectacular displays by a number of large-scale model aircraft including the Vulcan, VC10 and Canberra.

The Cold War Jets Collection is made up of vintage heritage jet aircraft, all of which played highly significant roles in keeping the peace during the dangerous years of the ‘Cold War’, which ended over 25 years ago, and which are now maintained in a ‘live’ state and to a high standard by dedicated and hard working teams of volunteers.

Dave Walton, organiser of the event said: “This event is a great opportunity for us to showcase these aircraft, all of which have played an important part in the enduring history of this country and also for the public to see what a totally unique event this is, to witness these spectacular aircraft being put through their paces and producing some amazing performances.

“We are also very pleased to be able to enhance the attractions with the exciting debut appearance of the Meteor. Visitors to the event will have the chance to experience, and in some cases relive, the unique and spectacular, sights and sounds of our collection of aircraft, all of which have long retired from active service, but which helped to keep us all safe during the dangerous years of the Cold War – the war that thankfully was never fought but which played a significant part in our recent history.”

The home-based aircraft will carry out spectacular high speed runs throughout the day along the Airfield’s two mile long runway. There will also be the opportunity to view and experience cockpit tours of the other static aircraft in the collection, including the Gnat, Super Guppy, Comet, Nimrod, Sea Vixen and Lightning. A wide range of souvenirs and memorabilia, including those of the VC10, Victor and the Lightning Preservation Groups will also be available in addition to hot and cold refreshments.

Bruntingthorpe Airfield, Leicestershire is located just off the A5199 Leicester to Northampton road, nine miles south of Leicester. Admission is adults £20, senior citizens/disabled, £15 and accompanied children under 16, free. Gates open 9.00 AM. All items are subject to availability and serviceability.


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