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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

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.

The Real Aeroplane Club is pleased to announce the launch of a flying scholarship for 2019 to celebrate its 30 year anniversary to a suitable young person who can demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm towards aviation by providing an affordable means to allow a suitable youngster to complete their LAPL/NPPL in association with York Flying School.

The scholarship is this year kindly funded by a Club Member and is memory of our dear friend Nigel Feetham.


a) Open to both male and female.

b) Must be a British subject.

c) Aged between 17 and 25 years in the qualifying year 2018/19.

d) Must live in the Yorkshire area - determined by post code.

e) Must show your ability to demonstrate a serious ambition and ability to learn to fly.

f) Must have the availability to undertake and seriously commit to completion of training.

g) Demonstrate your educational achievements, demonstrable knowledge and/or experience in science, mathematics or aviation related subjects.

h) Prior to starting training, you must be able to satisfy the relevant medical standard of a Class 2 Medical (at their own expense).


a) Required to write a letter or email of no less than 400 words explaining why RAeC should give them the opportunity to gain their LAPL/NPPL.

b) 6 candidates will be selected from letters/emails received.

c) The top 6 will be invited to the airfield for an interview.

d) Three candidates will be selected for flight test.

e) The 3 candidates will have a second interview.

f) One will be selected for the scholarship.

g) The final three candidates will all be given free 12 month membership to the Real Aeroplane Club.

The closing date is 2nd September 2018.

Write or email to:

Scholarship Coordinator
Real Aeroplane Club
Sands Lane

Email: realaero_scholarship@hotmail.com

(ABOVE) BSA M20 and Miles Gemini (INSETS) Beechcraft C-45, Bücker Jungmeister, Moraine Saulnier Ms317 and RAF Ensign flying in acknowledgement of the centenary (Steve Blee)

A particularly wonderful variety of classic aircraft paid Breighton a visit over the weekend of 20/21 July for the annual July weekender. Perhaps one of the highlights was the opportunity to see a remarkable line-up of Miles types with Miles Gemini 1A (G-AKHP) joining the Magister and Messenger already based at Breighton.

(ABOVE) Resident Messenger and (BELOW) Miles Gemini evoking memories of the old display duo back in the early '90's (Both Steve Blee)

(BELOW) Another eye-catching visitor to Breighton during Wings and Wheels 2018 was this deHavilland Fox Moth. Built in 1933 the aircraft was shipped to New Zealand and issued with the registration ZK-AGM. As with many aircraft this age it has had its fair share of mishaps including a crash landing in 1936 and a serious fire following a crash in New Zealand in 1963. The mortal remains, however, formed the basis of an exacting restoration and she took to the air once again in 2015 - beautiful. (All Steve Blee)

(ABOVE) Another lovely de Havilland - this is the resident DH60 Gipsy Month (Steve Blee)

(BELOW) The airfield really beginning to fill-up (click to enlarge) (Andy Wood)

(ABOVE) and (BELOW) More air-to-ground from Andy Wood, the second picture showing the progress being made on the new hangars at the western end of the airfield.

No Breighton event would be complete without those plucky little Bücker biplanes - (ABOVE) we see two of the Real Aeroplane Company operated CASA built Jungmann biplanes. (BELOW) Sporting similar Swiss Air Force schemes - a Jungmann lands while the Dornier built Jungmeister taxy's to the runway. (Both Steve Blee)

(ABOVE) Jungmeister makes its way to the runway while Jungmann 'Fox-Fox' runs-up its engine (BELOW) and this is what its all about - Jungmeister running-in (Both Steve Blee)

(BELOW) A visiting Jungmann with wonderful sunburst pattern on the wings and (BOTTOM) The resident pre-war Nazi Germany Olympic team schemed Jungmann (Steve Blee)

(ABOVE) Visiting Aeronca 65C circa 1939 but retrofitted with a Verner Scarlet radial engine which really alters the shape of the aircraft (Steve Blee)

(ABOVE) An Aeronca of a slightly earlier vintage - this is 'Jeeves', the Breighton based Aeronca 100 (Steve Blee)

(BELOW) Some lovely Austers now - AOP 6, AOP 9 and J1 respectively (Steve Blee)

(ABOVE and BELOW) Resident Bucker Bestmann/Gomhouria Mk.6 (Steve Blee)

(BELOW) Another highlight of the weekend flying, and much appreciated, was the second fly-in visit by this former RCAF Beechcraft C45 now sporting a wartime US Army scheme (All Steve Blee)

(ABOVE and BELOW) Worry not, the resident Max Holste Broussard hasn't sprung a leak! Sprinklers were in force in the adjacent field to combat the relentless heatwave (Steve Blee)

(ABOVE) R22 proving, if it be needed, that the drought has been brutal (Steve Blee)

(ABOVE) Moraine Saulnier Ms317 sporting pre-war French navy scheme (Steve Blee)

(ABOVE) Visiting Slingsby Nipper, (BELOW) Piper Super Cub and (BOTTOM) Piper Vagabond (All Steve Blee)

(ABOVE and BELOW) Of course its not just a fly-in, we held the annual Hangar Bash on Saturday evening too with live music from Hot Foot Powder and a wonderful gourmet BBQ (Both Andy Wood)

There are many more photographs on our facebook

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.

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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