Breighton Airfield, six miles from Howden, is a former Second World War heavy bomber base and cold-war nuclear missile launch site, which is now 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 many unusual, classic and ex-military aircraft.
The Club is also open to enthusiastic non-pilots, the benefits of which include all year access to the airfield, including any social and flying events, and a chance to get up-close-and-personal with some of the aircraft. Membership of the club, which costs £25 per year, is the only way to gain access to the airfield and the collection.
The Real Aeroplane Company's aircraft collection consists of a number of interesting, some unique, aircraft such as the world record breaking 1936 Percival Mew Gull racing aircraft and the Arrow Active II, a locally built aerobatic biplane that first flew as early as 1932. Probably the most charismatic aircraft is the Aeronca 100, first registered in March 1937 and affectionately known as 'Jeeves' (in recognition of its registration G-AEVS), this aircraft was the first of many restoration projects undertaken by the RAC and has therefore earned pride of place on their logo.
Military aircraft such as the 1940's North American Harvard or the British equivalent Miles Magister represent military flying training during the Second World War; from these aircraft pilots would have progressed to such legendary types as the P-51 Mustang and Supermarine Spitfire.
First World War aviation also has a place at Breighton. The Real Aeroplane Company has a Sopwith Pup project in the pipeline which will utilise many original parts, and also operates a replica Fokker DR1 Triplane, similar to the one made famous by the Red Baron.
Many of the aircraft based at Breighton can often be seen at fly-in's and air displays around the country.
MUSEUM MEMBERSHIP - £25
This membership is a must for non-flying enthusiasts and supporters of the Real Aeroplane Company as it is now the only way to gain access to the airfield - even on event days. Many Museum members view their membership as a 'season ticket' allowing access to the airfield at weekends throughout the year. Members may also invite family members or close friends to the airfield on event days provided they accept full responsibility for their guests.
Click here to go to the Real Aircraft Company website.