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Aeronca Club goes on East Anglian tour

Aeronca Chief
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The Aeronca Club of Great Britain is celebrating its 30th year with a tour of East Anglia starting on 1 July.

Pete White, chairman of the club, said, “This is a nod in the direction of past tours of France and Ireland before it became a challenge to match all the requirements to fly our types of aircraft abroad. [We’ll] see how it goes and we could bring back more tours.

“The plan is for John Colgate and I to fly Aeronca Chief G-IVOR from Bodmin in Cornwall to Fenland, via a fuel stop at Oaksey Park and spend our first night under canvas at Fenland.

“From here the tour is flexible and it is hoped to visit or fly over the several airfields listed below with the second night stop at either Old Buckenham or Seething.”

The Aeronca Club is aiming for Seething for the Summer Fly-in on Sunday 3 July to meet up with the Vintage Aircraft Club (VAC) event and join them for lunch.

“Then we continue our tour heading in a south-west direction visiting or acknowledging more airfields,” continued Pete.

“We have to be rather serpentine about the tour due to the vagaries of the weather and opportunities that arise along the way. Several of the sites we overfly are not on the list below but are of historical interest and it is our way of showing our respects for those that were based and flew from these aerodromes years ago.

“The tour is for all members of the Aeronca Club and we would love you to join us for all or part of it or perhaps just meet up for a coffee at one of the airfields.”

Planned Airfield list

  • Friday, 1 July Bodmin, Oaksey Park, Fenland
  • Saturday Fenland, Great Massingham, Langham, Little Snoring, Swanton Morley, Shipdam, Old Buckenham
  • Sunday Seething, Hardwick, Rougham, Earls Colne
  • Monday Popham/Compton Abbas, Bodmin

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