On Easter Saturday, 19 April 2014, the Sywell Aviation Museum re-opened its doors for the 2014 season with a special event attended and supported by a variety of people and organisations.
From the Rugby Aviation Group, apart from the author, David Smith and Chris Heath were in attendance for most of the day. We had hoped for warm sunny weather, if previous days had been anything to go by. But, despite it remaining dry, there was a cold and stiff north-easterly breeze blowing.
|Peter Teichman displays Hurricane BE505|
|Peter Teichman posing for the cameras in front of BE505|
|Andy Shemans addresses the gathered crowd|
|The unveiling of the memorial|
|The laying of the wreaths|
|Romer Adams accepts the presented cap on behalf of the museum|
In the above picture Romer is holding the cap of one of the crewmembers that perished in the crash and which was presented to the museum by the son of the man who found it on the crash site, just hours after the fateful event. The cap was placed in a specially built glass display case that is now on show inside the museum.
|Andy presents Peter with his certificate|
In his final address Andy thanked all those that had helped to make the day possible and declared the museum officially open for the 2014 season.
The locally based Great War Aircraft Display Team performed a practice display and below are some images from that practice. Conditions were marginal as it was rather blustery.
|Matthew Boddington taxies out in his Be-2C|
|An SE-5A and a Sopwith Triplane "fight it out" with a Fokker DR1 Dreidecker|
|A rather lovely Sopwith Triplane replica|
|A GMC truck with an anti-aircraft gun|