2009 Open Day Report
Vampire Preservation Group’s second annual Open Day
took place on 14th March 2009. Due to a technical problem
with the Vampire’s brakes, we were unable to taxi the
aircraft – however, it was towed into position and chocked,
allowing everybody the chance to see the aircraft at close
quarters and take photographs.
we were unable to fly, it was decided to start the engine
instead, giving the crowd the chance to hear the sound of
the Goblin engine and admire the damage to the grass behind
the aircraft afterwards!
highlight of the day was our guest speaker, Captain Eric ‘Winkle’
Brown. He gave a fascinating talk about his experiences during
WWII test flying various aircraft – both UK prototypes
and captured German machines, including the rocket powered
Messerschmitt 163 Komet.
also described his experience of making the world's first
landing of a jet aircraft - a Sea Vampire - on the deck of
HMS Ocean, on 3 December 1945.
6:30pm everybody went outside again, to watch the night start
of the Vampire’s engine. As with last year, the flames
looked much more impressive in the dark – it also provided
an excellent opportunity for photographers to take a picture
for the 2009 photographic competition!
thanks to everybody who visited us for this event and supported
our efforts to keep WZ507 flying – the brake problem
is now fixed and WZ507 is once again airworthy. Following
the success of this event, we will be holding another Open
Day in the future. Please check this site for regular updates.
Note to Editors:
For more information, or to arrange to see this aircraft,
please contact Matt Hampton via the VPG web site.
The Vampire is often flying and will visit several airfields
during the year.
You will be made most welcome if you come along to see us!
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