Photo Copyright: Martin Stephen


First Flights of the Season

(27 May 2010)

On 25th April we had the pleasure of making two special flights during the North Weald Gathering of Veterans and Warbirds.

The first flight was with Ben Montgomery, the winner of our 2009 photo competition. Ben’s picture of WZ507 performing a night engine start-up won the competition and as a prize, Ben received a flight in our Vampire.
The weather was overcast during the morning, with poor visibility and drizzle. However, as the day progressed the weather improved rapidly, allowing for Ben to have his flight. After strapping in, it was time to take to the skies.

Ben filmed the take off and posted the video on YouTube.

Once airborne, we departed to the east and put the Vampire through its paces, with a varied selection of aerobatic manoeuvres. Soon it was time to head back to North Weald, for a run and break before landing.

The second flight was with Bill Green, a former Battle of Britain pilot and a true gentleman. Bill had celebrated his 93rd birthday just two days previously and thoroughly enjoyed his flight in our Vampire.

“It was so very good of you to take a 93 years old, yesteryear pilot on his first jet flight and I am sure that you are more than aware of what a thrill it was for me. I LOVED every split-second of the flight, and especially the aerobatics. You made an old goat very happy in providing such a memorable event. One that will be talked about with gusto, long after I am gone.”

It was a pleasure to take Bill and Ben up for a flight in WZ507 – a day which will be remembered by all concerned.

To be in with a chance of winning a flight in our Vampire, please visit our photo competition page.


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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