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Fuel Prices

Fuel prices at Breighton, as at 09/04/18.

Avgas 100LL £1.68 per litre and Avtur Jet A1 £0.58 per litre - cheapest around!!

Fuel-up and support your local airfield!

Fuel is available self-service at any time (even outside normal operating hours), payment at the pumps by major credit/debit cards.

2018 Event Dates

12 May - Wingwalking (Wingwalk Displays - M.Dentith)
13 May - Wingwalking (Wingwalk Displays - M.Dentith)
26 May - Helicopter Flights (Central Helicopters)

02 Jun - Wingwalking (Wingwalk Displays - M.Dentith)
03 Jun - Wingwalking (Wingwalk Displays - M.Dentith)
10 Jun - Fly-In & Aerojumble (Real Aeroplane Club)
23 Jun - Wingwalking (Wingwalk Displays - M.Dentith)
24 Jun - Wingwalking (Wingwalk Displays - M.Dentith)
30 Jun - Helicopter Flights (Central Helicopters)

07 Jul - Wingwalking (Wingwalk Displays - M.Dentith)
08 Jul - Wingwalking (Wingwalk Displays - M.Dentith)
21 Jul - Wings & Wheels/Hangar Bash (Real Aeroplane Club)
22 Jul - Wings & Wheels/Hangar Bash (Real Aeroplane Club)

04 Aug - Wingwalking (Wingwalk Displays - M.Dentith)
05 Aug - Wingwalking (Wingwalk Displays - M.Dentith)
12 Aug - Helicopter Flights (Central Helicopters)
25 Aug - Wingwalking (Wingwalk Displays - M.Dentith)
26 Aug - Wingwalking (Wingwalk Displays - M.Dentith)

02 Sep - Car Club Visit (Morris Minor Club)
15 Sep - Wingwalking (Wingwalk Displays - M.Dentith)

16 Sep - Wingwalking (Wingwalk Displays - M.Dentith) - also the North of England Classic & Pre-War Automobiles Motoring Club Classic Car Rally

23 Sep - Helicopter Fly-In (Real Aeroplane Club)
29 Sep - Helicopter Flights (Central Helicopters)

06 Oct - Wingwalking (Wingwalk Displays - M.Dentith)
07 Oct - Wingwalking (Wingwalk Displays - M.Dentith)

01 Dec - Christmas Party at York Marriott (Real Aeroplane Club)

Wingwalking Enquiries

Helicopter Flight Enquiries

Keep checking back for further information and possible additions. Enquiries regarding wing walking and helicopter flights should be addressed to the operators themselves.

The Airfield Café is open during regular weekends as well as during our events and sells a variety hot food, tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks. Seating is available inside the crewroom, conservatory and in the picnic area. Fill-up yourselves and support your local airfield!

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Waivered Airspace

The waivered airspace on the North Side of the airfield which is used for aerobatic/display practice is only available when Alan Marsland or Tony Smith are present at the airfield with immediate effect. Pilots should remain clear of this area at all other times. Wing Walking Aircraft operators have their own display authorisation and are in order using this airspace in the meantime. Further details on this action will follow.


As of 1st May 2018 Breighton Air/Ground Communications will transition to 8.33KHz. The new frequency allocation is: BREIGHTON RADIO 129.805

Airfield Weather Station

The airfield weather station is back online and can be accessed HERE or via the Airfield page of this website. Hopefully the webcams will follow soon.

Carl Dumka (RCAF) - 78 Squadron

Carl Dumka (RCAF) was stationed at RAF Breighton from Oct 1st 1944 to May 10th 1945 with 78 Squadron Bomber Command flying the Halifax. His son, Doug, informs us that he completed 33 sorties to finish his tour without getting shot down "...which was probably due more to good luck than good management as we like to say."

Doug kindly sent a couple of pages from Carl's log book and some photos:

(ABOVE) This one shows Carl enjoying a pint at The New Inn - Doug thought that this might be in Selby but I suspect it could be The New Inn at Cliffe.

(ABOVE) Doug tells me that this is his father receiving his DFC and wonders if anyone knows who's making the presentation?

(ABOVE) Carl with his crew. (BELOW) A selection of pages from Carl's logbook with landings at Carnaby and Woodbridge - two diversion airfields equipped with FIDO, thus hinting at extended drama! Also worthy of note is the two ME163 destroyed on the Dusseldorf raid on November 2nd 1944.

Radial Fly-in

Record temperatures and wall-to-wall sunshine blessed the Real Aeroplane Club's Radial Fly-in on 6 May and, as it happens, the action was pretty hot too! On the ground the trailer-mounted Bristol Hercules and RR Merlin engine demonstrations recreated the historic sounds of wartime RAF Breighton while dawn 'til dusk aircraft movements ensured there was plenty to see in the sky too. The following photo's were taken by Stephen Carr and there are more on our Facebook page HERE

(ABOVE) Star for many was this Focke-Wulf Fw44J Stieglitz (D-EMNN), built in the 1930's as a trainer and sports aircraft. (BELOW) Dornier built Bücker Jungmeister back at Breighton following a period of overseas ownership.

(ABOVE) Tony Whitehead's lovely Morane Saulnier MS.317.

(ABOVE) Breighton's resident Boeing Stearman. (BELOW) The Comper Swift replica, its original Pobjoy Niagara 1A powerplant most probably the smallest radial engine flying at the weekend.

Aerobatics Weekend

Thanks to Dave Marshall for this collection of images taken during the aerobatic competition weekend 26-27 May:

(ABOVE) Icicle Trophy winner Phil Burgess in the DR-107 (BELOW) Second place was this Edge 360 flown by Ron Allan.

(ABOVE) Farrell McGee flew this Edge 360 into 3rd place in the Icicle Trophy.

(ABOVE) Pitts S-2B was 4th in the Icicle Trophy flown by Cas Smith.

(ABOVE) Andy McKee flew this colourful Twister to victory in the Club Level competition.

(ABOVE) Mark Thomas flew this Extra 200 to victory in the John McLean Trophy.

(ABOVE) This Extra 200 was runner-up in the John McLean Trophy final flown by Maciej Kulaszewski and took 3rd place in the hands of Jake Cook. Sam Parker was Highly Commended in the same aircraft. (BELOW) 4th place went to Vytautus Kiminius in this Christen Eagle.

(ABOVE) Vans RV-6

(ABOVE) Rotorsport Cavalon

(ABOVE) Cessna 150 (BELOW) Robin (BOTTOM) Falco F8L

Many thanks to Dave Marshall

Chairman's Statement

You may already know that Peter Redfern stepped down as the Club Chairman at the recent AGM and I was voted in his place; I am incredibly proud and honoured to have been nominated and voted as your chairman. Breighton Airfield is without question a special place; a passion for general aviation and vintage aircraft brings Club members together in a rare sociable community.

I've always seen us, the Breighton members, as a team and I have every intention of ensuring continuance of the general ethos cultivated and maintained by my predecessors; Taff and Peter.

My Role is 'all encompassing' and as we are guests of the Real Aeroplane Company liaising with Ian is one aspect of it. I am excited about taking a leading part in piloting your Club over the next few years.

With that in mind I am not going to build on the small committee we currently have, preferring to ask for assistance when required for specific projects and events. If you would like to get more actively involved I would be delighted to discuss this further with you.

For the newer members the committee comprises: Taff – President, Alan – Chief Pilot, Andy – Treasurer/Membership, Rachael – events organiser, Ray – safety, Dave – Auditor, Ian – Chief Engineer and myself as Chairman.

That's me for now, I just wanted to say hello. Do keep an eye on your email, the Club website & Facebook for notifications and updates on all matters RAC.

Charles Sunter
RAC Chairman

(ABOVE and BELOW) Transport of a different kind took centre stage at Breighton on 17/4 thanks to a visit by the Jaguar Owners Club. Accompanying pictures by Dave Sharp

The Real Aeroplane Company honoured by VAC

The Real Aeroplane Company are the proud recipients of the Vintage Aircraft Club 'Group Trophy' which is awarded annually to a flying group showing noteworthy achievement. RAC's Rob Fleming (pictured below) was presented with the trophy during the VAC Annual Dinner and Awards event at Shuttleworth House, Old Warden, on Saturday 10th March.

(ABOVE and BELOW) The trophy and close-up of the inscription

(ABOVE) The Breighton contingent: Charles and Rachel Sunter, Alan Marsland, Tony and Ann Smith, Conner Petty, Andy Wood, Sally Ogden and Rob Fleming. Photo's via Andy Wood

Avions Fairey Junior joins Breighton Collection

The Real Aeroplane Company took delivery of Avions Fairey Junior G-AMVP (also known as Tipsy Junior), a single-seat light aircraft built in Belgium just after World War II.

The Junior is one of a series of aircraft designed by and named after E.O. Tips of Fairey Aviation's Belgian subsidiary, Avions Fairey. Two aircraft were originally built with a third airframe shelved before completion, of the two remaining the first was reportedly written-off in a landing accident in 1948 leaving 'VP as the sole survivor. In 1957 'VP was landed on the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal by test pilot Peter Twiss as part of a Fairey publicity stunt. Taff Smith delivered the aircraft to Breighton from the Isle of Wight on Feb 24th. Pictures by Andy Wood.

Vintage aircraft club raises over £5,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance after tragic crash

(ABOVE) Members of the Real Aeroplane Club present a cheque for £5,000 to Yorkshire Air Ambulance Community Fundraiser David Hebden (far right).

A classic aircraft club have raised more than £5,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance after a tragic helicopter accident.

The accident left 5 people injured, 2 of which more seriously so when a former military Alouette helicopter crashed at Breighton Airfield, near Selby, in July 2016.

Both Yorkshire Air Ambulances were dispatched and airlifted the front seat passenger and pilot to Hull Royal Infirmary and Leeds General Infirmary.

Breighton, a former Second World War heavy bomber base and cold-war nuclear missile launch site, which is home to the classic aircraft collection of the Real Aeroplane Company and the Real Aeroplane Club, an active flying club whose members own and operate unusual, classic and ex-military aircraft.

The Club has just made a donation of £5,000 to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance after turning this year’s weekend vintage wings and wheels event into a fundraiser for the rapid response emergency charity.

Over 300 people attended the two-day themed event at Breighton and, alongside ticket sale donations, a raffle and auction were also held. A spokesperson for the Real Aeroplane Club said: “It was just fantastic to see so many people turn out and support our charity fund raising. “The Club is a real family and we wanted to show our support and thanks to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance for what they did on the day of the accident and what they do every day.”

Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) serves 5million people across Yorkshire and carries out over 1,250 missions every year. The charity operates two, state-of-the-art Airbus H145 helicopters and needs to raise £12,000 every day to keep saving lives.

Link to full YAA press release (Word doc 600k)

Membership Renewals

The Club can now accept payment for subscription renewals over the internet via online banking using the following details:

The Real Aeroplane Club
Sort Code 09-01-27
Account No. 44906885
Please use your name and/or membership as the reference.

For new membership subscriptions we have a new membership form. You will notice that we now request email addresses from members for future communications (and possibly an e-newsletter). This will ONLY be used for Club communications and will not be passed on to any third party or used for marketing purposes in any way.

Existing members should also complete the new form if their contact details are out of date. Subscriptions are due for renewal January 1st.

Please note our Club rules and ethos HERE

Club Subscriptions

This is normally intended for pilots with aircraft based at Breighton who hold or have held a pilot's licence. Facilitates 2 votes.

This membership is intended for pilots or aircraft owners not based at Breighton who regularly use the facilities and wish to take part in Club affairs. It is also available for regularly participating crew of aircraft and facilitates 1 vote.

This membership is a must for non-flying enthusiasts and supporters of the Real Aeroplane Company as it is the only way to gain access to the airfield for non-flying members of the public.

Real Aeroplane Club merchandise

The Club has commissioned a new range of stylish attire bearing the 'Jeeves' motif. The first order sold-out within the space of one weekend, however, they have received a second consignment and this will be on display and available for purchase during upcoming events at the airfield. See more of Andy Wood's pictures on our Facebook page HERE.

It may be news to some but flying training has been available at Breighton, courtesy of York Flying School (YFS), since October 2011. The school operates on Saturdays and Sundays all year round and during the week on an as required basis.

YFS offers flying training towards the issue of your private pilots licence, night qualification and IMC rating. They also offer FAA flight reviews and Instrument Proficiency Checks at very competitive prices. Trial lessons/air experience flights are also available.

All bookings at York Flying School are two hours long and include one hour of pre and post flight briefings as well as one hour of airborne time. For more details, or to book a lesson online, check out the YFS website HERE

Social Networking

As well as Facebook we're now Tweeting on Twitter too!

Reciprocal Arrangments

The Real Aeroplane Club has reciprocal arrangements with the following airfields: Bagby, Rufforth, Fenland, Netherthorpe, North Coates, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Sturgate, Wickenby.

A word about access to Breighton Airfield for members of the general public

Whilst we warmly welcome members of the general public to Breighton admission can only be made by subscribing to Museum Club Membership (we prefer to think of it as a season ticket). Annual membership is just £30 per year don't forget you can bring family and friends along too (on the proviso that the Club member accepts responsibility for their guests) and visit any weekend, not just Fly-in weekends. Museum membership represents excellent value for money and is very popular with aviation enthusiasts and budding aviation photographers who enjoy an unrivalled level of access to aircraft, pilots and the flying activities.

Pilots of visiting aircraft and their crews/pax DO NOT NEED TO BE CLUB MEMBERS and there are NO LANDING FEES ON FLY-IN DAYS.


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