Video courtesy

John Cooper

Our Open Day on Sunday 11th September 2016 was blessed with perfect weather and we must have hosted more people than any of our previous Open Days.

It is impossible to estimate the number of folk who visit us but judging from the cars parked not only in the designated car parking area, but also down Eagle Way, our “Fun Day” has established itself as a most popular event.

Our thanks to all the members of the public who turned up to support us. It is your support that enables us to keep alive the historic aviation connection with Martlesham and the local area.

Our grateful thanks also to all the stallholders who came along and of course to our members and friends who helped throughout the day, the event could not have taken place without them.

We are always fearful that either due to weather conditions or last minute problems with vintage aircraft that we may let folk down. This year the advertised Dakota was undergoing an engine change and was unable to fly. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight organisers were able to send a Spitfire instead so alls well that ends well! The BBMF are very good to us. They know how important RAF Martlesham Heath once was.

A full report on the Open Day will appear in the October issue of “Runway 22”.

Our hon. Vice presidentAir Commodore (retd) Mike Bettell formally declares the opening.

Rachel Hockley-Warner sounds the Reveille and the Last Post at the opening ceremony

The “doves of peace” are released.

Some of the vintage cars and their owners enjoying the glorious weather

The ever popular jivers strutting their stuff!

Spitfire TE311 of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flies low overhead to salute us. Photo John Cooper