Vintage World Aerobatic Championship gears up for August event

Vintage World Aerobatic Championships

There’s less than two months to go before this year’s Vintage World Aerobatic Championship, which is being held at Breighton on 18-20 August, and preparations are hotting up.

The organisers, the Real Aero Club at Breighton, said, “It’s not just for vintage aircraft! There are three categories and gliders are welcome in addition to powered aircraft.”

The categories are:

  1. Vintage: Aircraft with a type certificate (or similar) before 1955 and at least 65 years old
  2. Classic: Aircraft with a type certificate (or similar) between 1955 and 1975 and at least 45 years old
  3. Replica: Replica or modified vintage or classic aircraft

“With less than two months to go until the fun starts and a limited number of places it is time to register to take part in this event, which balances sociable fun with a little competitive ambition,” said Charles Sunter, chairman of the club.

“The competition card is filling. We have so far four UK entries, three German entries, three Belgium entries, one Danish entry and one Austrian entry.”

Interested in taking part? Register here:

“Bring your wives, husbands, partners along and make a long weekend of it,” continued Charles.

“There is plenty do to nearby for those that like to explore, shop or spa. The wonderful medieval city of York itself is worth a visit and, timed nicely with the VAWC event is the York Races Ebor Festival with Ladies day on the Friday.

“The Vintage Aerobatic World Championship (VAWC) unites the world of vintage & classic aviation with an exciting and fun event. Bringing together people for a few days of fun, laughter and competitive excitement.

“It is the first time the VAWC has come to the UK and we at Breighton are incredibly proud and thrilled to host it.

“Nestled in the corner of a WW11 heavy bomber base, with over 35 years of vintage aviation heritage and around 90 vintage/ classic aircraft within 13 hangars, we have a real synergy with the VAWC and look forward very much to making the Breighton event one that showcases vintage & classic aviation in the UK.”

The Event Programme

18 August: Arrivals and practice day
19 & 20 August: August competition days
21 August: Departures

There’s evening social entertainment on the 18th, 19th and the famous Breighton Hangar Party on the 20th.

“We know how to host a thoroughly good party!” added Charles.

“If you would like to come along as a spectator, please note that Breighton Airfield is not open to the public and that this is not a public event. If you wish to spectate, please join the Real Aeroplane Club. Membership is available now and £20 will enable access to all events for the remainder of 2022. Please visit”

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