Community Day people

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On Sunday 7 September thousands of people came to see the first air display held at North Weald Airfield for 15 years at the North Weald Airfield Community Day.

We have put together a selection of pictures  for you to enjoy. It includes people who came and enjoyed the day, people that worked to help make it such a memorable day and of veterans for whom the day was to honour.

North Weald Airfield Community Day 2014

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Community Day re-enactors

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On Sunday 7 September thousands of people came to see the first air display held at North Weald Airfield for 15 years at the North Weald Airfield Community Day.

We have put together a selection of pictures of the re-enactors for you to enjoy.

North Weald Airfield Community Day 2014

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Community Day planes and cars

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On Sunday 7 September thousands of people came to see the first air display held at North Weald Airfield for 15 years at the North Weald Airfield Community Day.

We have put together a selection of pictures of the planes and classic cars for you to enjoy.

North Weald Airfield Community Day 2014

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Funday Sunday at North Weald

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The sun shone as record crowds enjoyed the best Funday yet at North Weald Airfield on Sunday 7 September.

Thousands of happy families and plane enthusiasts started arriving early in the day for the latest event organised by Weald Aviation and Epping Forest District Council.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire and Hurricane completed the first official air display at North Weald Airfield for 15 years (1999 being the last). Stalls, exhibitions, music, classic cars and a funfair for children kept everyone happy on the ground.

The Lord Lieutenant of Essex Lord Petre and the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Tony Boyce were joined by members of the Royal British Legion and veterans of Afghanistan to take the salute. The Epping Forest Pipe Band led the march past and the Last Post was played in remembrance of all who have lost their lives in defence of freedom.

Band of Brothers

2014 is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings marking the start of the liberation of Europe in 1944. North Weald Airfield played a major role in the invasion as the starting point for Czech soldiers in the multi-national airborne force. 50 years later it reprised a similar role as the backdrop to Band Of Brothers, the landmark television series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

Visitors were able to see a special exhibition about the filming of scenes at the airfield with a real DC3 Dakota and many military vehicles forming the backdrop to a display of photographs taken from the film sets.

Fun of the fair

Fairground rides, slides and bouncy castles were free for children in the main arena. Classic cars including Ford Mustangs, MGs and Volkswagen Campers were on show. Many of the airfield’s classic cold-war jets including 2 Gnats made famous by the Red Arrows were on static display. The pride of North Weald’s Cold War jets Hawker Hunter Fox 1 formed up for a spectacular flying display with the ‘Norwegian’ Vampire.

Lord Petre and Councillor Tony Boyce

Marvellous event

District Council Chairman Tony Boyce congratulated everyone involved in the event. He said: “I want to say thank you to everyone at EMAS Weald Aviation, Epping Forest District Council, and the huge number of individuals and other organisations that made it such a fantastic day. It was a marvellous event and a true measure of the community spirit that makes our district such a great place.”

He continued: “I also want to pay a special tribute to the veterans, young and old, who joined us for the day. It was a real privilege for me and the Lord Lieutenant to stand and take the salute with them. In particular I want to say how much I enjoyed meeting RAF medics Kevin and Laura McClean and their young daughter. Both must have saved many lives while serving in Afghanistan on casualty evacuation duties. Kevin is still in the RAF while Laura now works in a local hospital. For me they epitomized all that is best about our great Country and I was proud to stand beside them.”

Profits from the North Weald Airfield Community Day will be donated to the Royal British Legion and the Herts Air-Ambulance.

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North Weald Airfield Community Day

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World War II fighter planes, military vehicles and classic cars will all be on display as the hugely popular North Weald Airfield Community Day returns on Sunday 7 September 2014. It’s also a great day out for families as fairground rides and entertainment for children are free all day.

This year’s theme is Wings over Europe – Remembering D-Day. The airfield played a major role in the D-Day landing and retains much of the character and feel from that time.

Tickets cost £5 per person and can be purchased at the gate from 10am on the day.

Find out what’s on at www.northwealdairfieldfunday.com

Wings over Europe – Remembering D-Day poster

There will be an air display from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Fight Spitfire and Hurricane, Cold-War Vampires and the airfield’s Hawker Hunter. This will be the first airshow at North Weald Airfield since 1999.

Did you know North Weald Airfield was used as one of the film locations for the television series ‘Band of Brothers’ made by Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg? Visitors can see an exhibition of the making of ‘Band of Brothers’, with photographs of the sets.

The day will end with a march from the Royal British Legion accompanied by the Epping Forest Pipe Band at 4pm. All profits will be going to the Herts Air Ambulance and the Royal British Legion.

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Visitors are invited to share photos and experiences of the day on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #NWfun.

What’s on

Find out what’s on at www.northwealdairfieldfunday.com.

 

Last 2 Lancaster bombers fly over North Weald

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The last 2 flying Lancaster bombers flew over North Weald Airfield twice on their way to public displays.

As part of the transits between displays, the 2 Lancasters have flown over the Airfield twice so far. One of the Lancaster bombers, named Vera, is visiting the UK from Canada. The other named Thumper, is based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, where both are currently based as part of The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAFBBMF).

Lancasters approach

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The Lancaster crew phoned North Weald Airfield beforehand both times and the operations team were able to alert people on social media to witness this unique pair.

The first flypast on Thursday 14 August had to dodge some thunderstorms in the vicinity. The second on Saturday 16 August had perfect conditions and moody evening light as the 2 aircraft flew to Old Warden for a Flying Proms display before returning to RAF Coningsby.

The Memorial Flight was based at RAF North Weald from February to May 1958 just before the Airfield closed and close links with them have been retained. It was a marvellous opportunity to see these 2 iconic aircraft flying together.

A RAFBBMF Spitfire and Hurricane will be displaying at the North Weald Airfield Community Day on Sunday 7 September at 3pm, which this year is called ‘Wings over Europe, Remembering D-Day‘ .

 

Red Arrows veteran visits North Weald Airfield

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Squadron Leader Henry Prince, the original Red 7 from the world-famous Red Arrows RAF Aerobatic Team, visited North Weald Airfield on Saturday 16 August to take part in filming for the Red Gnat Display Team who are based at Hangar 4a.

Henry was part of the world-famous Red Arrows RAF Aerobatic Team when it was led by the legendary display pilot Ray Hanna.

Gnat low pass

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One of the Team’s aircraft, G-TIMM, is painted in the colours of Ray Hanna’s Gnat, while another, G-MOUR, is in the yellow scheme of the Yellowjacks, which were the forerunners of the Red Arrows. This aircraft once belonged to the Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour.

Henry was a flying instructor on Gnats when he joined the Red Arrows. He had served with 56 Squadron, North Weald Airfield’s longest serving squadron between the wars.

2 of the Gnats went off to display at Eastbourne. On their return Henry was at the end of the runway to receive a special tribute. The Gnats performed individual missed approaches and go-arounds with smoke on. This was recreating a famous low level photograph of Ray Hanna’s Gnat.

North Weald Airfield was delighted to welcome this distinguished RAF display pilot in the Red Arrows’ 50th anniversary year. Henry had helped to lay the foundations for one of the world’s greatest formation aerobatics teams.

North Weald Airfield has  played an important part in this country’s display heritage. The Black Arrows were formed here by 111 Squadron, flying their signature black Hawker Hunters in the 1950s. Their 22 aircraft formation loop at the 1958 Farnborough Airshow is still a world record.

 

Race for Life – getting cancer on the run

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£146,000 was raised for the Cancer Research charity as over 1,600 local women took part in the annual Race for Life around North Weald Airfield on Wednesday 16 July.

Women of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels ran, jogged or simply walked the 5km and 10km courses raising money for the charity’s life-saving research into cancer.

Starting to run

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The Epping Forest District Council Chairman Councillor Tony Boyce started the race with a heart-felt speech. The theme was pink. Many participants wore placards with the names of friends and relatives on, remembering those who have suffered from cancer.

Fantastic support

Councillor Tony Boyce, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “It was fantastic to see so many local women of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels turn up to support Race for Life. The weather was perfect as they walked, ran and even danced around North Weald Airfield raising £146,000 for cancer research. Judging by all the smiles at the finishing line, it looked like everyone taking part had a great time.”

Cancer Research UK

Race for Life is the largest women-only fundraising event in the UK. Enter a Race for Life event near you and find out more on the Cancer Research UK website.

 

North Weald Airfield’s poppy tribute

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On 4 August 1914 the First World War broke out. This year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of this event which eventually left millions dead or maimed.

The Operations Team at North Weald Airfield has created a circular poppy field opposite the Gate Guardian as its contribution to this important anniversary.

Colleagues from Grounds Maintenance prepared the ground and sowed the seeds at the end of May. The poppies were then watered regularly to help them grow. The plan was to have them flower in time for 4 August. The buds are still coming out and the poppy field certainly has an impact on those entering the Airfield.

Centenary Poppy Campaign

The Centenary Poppy Campaign originated as an idea by the Greenhithe and Swanscombe Branch of the Royal British Legion. The aim is to cover the UK with poppies during the centenary period in commemoration of all those who lost their lives in the First World War.

North Weald Airfield

North Weald opened as a Royal Flying Corps Home Defence airfield in 1916, with one flight of 39 Squadron’s BE2c night fighters based there to help defend London against Zeppelin attacks. Lieutenant Wulstan Tempest shot down the Zeppelin flagship L31, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Heinrich Mathy over Potters Bar in October 1916. This was the third Zeppelin to be brought down by the Squadron, which also operated from Sutton’s Farm and Hainault Farm, in just over a month.

The largest air raid on Britain during the First World War was carried out by 38 Gothas and three Gigants on the night of 19/20 May 1918. A Bristol Fighter F2b, from 39 Squadron at North Weald was on patrol and intercepted a Gotha over Hainault at 10,000 feet at just after midnight. The aircraft was flown by Lieutenant Anthony Arkell  with Air Mechanic Albert Stagg as his observer/gunner. They finally set fire to the Gotha over East Ham, where it crashed, killing all the crew.