Auster/bea­gle/miles fly-in now at Red­hill

Pilot - - FLIGHT TEST - Anne Hughes, Vin­tage Air­craft Club Events Co-or­di­na­tor

My let­ter in June’s Air­mail re­flected on Shore­ham’s role in the his­tory of avi­a­tion. The planned Auster, Bea­gle & Miles fly-in was de­signed to cel­e­brate Shore­ham’s place in air­craft de­sign. It there­fore came as a sur­prise to be in­formed that the event could not be held there as sched­uled, de­spite hav­ing been booked in the au­tumn and widely ad­ver­tised. It now emerges that a lack of ‘joined-up’ plan­ning in Sus­sex had re­sulted in a dou­ble book­ing. To avoid the un­doubted dis­ap­point­ment that can­cel­la­tion would have caused, we de­cided to keep the date — 30 July — but change the venue and I am pleased to re­port that sev­eral air­fields gen­er­ously of­fered to save the day.

I would just like to re­mind read­ers that Red­hill was cho­sen as the al­ter­na­tive. Not only is this a suit­able lo­ca­tion but there is a his­tor­i­cal link for Miles air­craft. It is a pity that Brighton City Air­port will miss out on this unique gath­er­ing.

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