On April 1st, ex Spitfire pilot and club member, Allan Scott, met up with surviving 'ATA girl' Mary Ellis for an ITV interview at Biggin Hill. Allan has already booked another spitfire flight to celebrate his 100th birthday in four years time.
Extract from the Shropshire Star, October 3rd 2015
Allan was posted to the Battle of Britain airfield of Biggin Hill in 1941 with 124 Squadron before being posted abroad.
The new Hangar:
Dismantled at Rednal airfield (below)
Framework erected at Sleap (below right)
Cladding on after a snow delay (right)
There will be room for several aircraft and interest in spaces is keen as this will be the closest hangar to the clubhouse and fuel pumps. A phase 2 extension is already under consideration.
|December 9th and 10th. A heavy fall of snow closed the airfield, but those prepared to brave the thaw were rewarded with spectacular views of the landscape|
Thursday November 2nd: A fine evening for the first night flying of the season. Several visitors flew in and some of our own pilots took to the circuits with or without instructors, to polish up those skills. As always, there was a brisk trade in curries as the cafe stayed open to satisfy big apetites.
|Sunday 29h October: Blue skies and a light but chilly wind brought the visitors into Sleap|
Owen Paterson, MP for North Shropshire, visited the airfield in August and showed a keen interest in all aspects of the operation. He Tweeted
Really interesting visit to @SleapEGCV. Congrats Shrops Aero Club. 130 planes busy 7 days/week
and asked to be kept informed of future developments.
Bader Braves Young Aviators Day: extract from report;
We had a wonderful group of pilots with an interesting mix of aeroplanes from the familiar Cessna and PA28’s to a Bonanza. Rallye 880B, Robin DA40D and a few more throughout the day. Everything was breezing alongbeautifully and it seemed an amazingly short morning to me. By 11.15 the whole morning group had arrived and checkedin and Bader Squadron Sleap were coping really well with their workload to the point that by about 12.30 pilots were able to grab a cuppa and a sandwich or two.
But there wasn’t much rest time for them as another 20 youngsters from the afternoon session were lined up in the check in queue; it really was pretty constant. Some of the pilots had already completed quite a number of flights and it was quite obvious judging from their shirts and streams of perspiration that the temperature had really climbed; it was bad enough in mission control and out on the airfield and in the cockpit of an aeroplane on the ground it was really stifling. But no complaints from either Braves or pilots and the whole exercise continued throughout the afternoon just as efficiently as it had in the morning. ...................
.............At the end of the day nearly 45 flights had been completed and 85 people flown. Tony was locking up and all ready for home, just time for a big thank you to him and a hearty pat on the back for a job well done; fantastically well done too!! Everyone at Sleap, far too many to mention individually, had given Bader Braves a superb day and, hopefully, one that our Young Aviators will forever remember so to each and everyone of them that so freely gave of their time it is an ENORMOUS thank you.