Aviation Museums

United Kingdom

Classic Air Force Airbase, Coventry

[now permanently closed]

Date of visit: 31st May 2015

The Classic Air Force was once Europe’s largest collection of post-war classic aircraft, 30 of which were still airworthy. A few days after my visit the doors of the museum were closed and it was announced that the fleet was to be sold. The move followed the retirement announcement of CAF’s founder, Mike Collett, who was also co-founder of the Air Atlantique group in 1977, a freight and pollution control company that at one time owned the world’s largest fleet of WW2 Dakota freighters.

Auster 5J1 AUTOCRAT

G-JAYI - change of ownership October 2015

Avro 652A ANSON T21

G-VROE / WD413 - change of ownership March 2017

CHRISLEA CH3 SUPER ACE SERIES 2

G-AKVF - Registration cancelled May 2018

de Havilland DHC-1 CHIPMUNK 22A

G-APLO - subsequently sold in October 2015 to an owner in the Netherlands

de Havilland DH.89A DRAGON RAPIDE 6

TX310 / G-AIDL - change of ownership November 2015

de Havilland DH.89A DRAGON RAPIDE 6

G-AGTM - change of ownership September 2016

de Havilland DH.104 DOVE 8

VP981 / G-DHDV - change of ownership April 2016

de Havilland DH.104 DOVE 8

G-ARHW - withdrawn from use January 2019

de Havilland DH.112 VENOM FB1

WR470 / G-DHVM - Registration cancelled February 2018

de Havilland DH.112 VENOM FB1

WK436 / G-VENM - transferred to the USA August 2018 (seen previously at the Cotswold Air Show Kemble, 2011)

de Havilland DH.115 VAMPIRE MK55

U-1229 / G-HATD - transferred to the USA January 2019

de Havilland DH.115 VAMPIRE MK55

XJ771 / G-HELV - transferred to Jordon April 2016

Douglas DC-3C-R-1830-90C

G-AMPY - subsequently sold in October 2015 to RVL AVIATION LTD

Douglas DC-3C-R-1830-90C

G-ANAF - change of ownership November 2015

Douglas DC-6B

G-SIXC - preserved as a restaurant

English Electric Canberra B2/6

built by Avro Aircraft Ltd

WK163 / G-BVWC - Re-registered G-CTTS in June 2016 to 'Vulcan to the Sky Trust'

Gloster Meteor NF11

Built in 1952 by Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft under Licence from Gloster Aircraft Ltd.

WM167 / G-LOSM - change of ownership October 2018

Gloster Meteor T.7

WA591 / G-BWMF - transferred to the USA March 2018

Hunting Percival P66 PEMBROKE C MK1

XL954 / G-BXES - change of ownership August 2017

Hunting Percival P84 Jet Provost T.3A

G-BVSP - change of ownership April 2016

Hunting Percival P84 Jet Provost T.3A

XM424 / G-BWDS - change of ownership December 2017

Hunting Percival P84 Jet Provost T.5A

XW433 / G-JPRO - change of ownership September 2017

Maule MX-7-180A STAR ROCKET

G-LOFM - change of ownership December 2016

Miles M65 GEMINI 1A

G-AKDK - change of ownership October 2015

Percival P40 PRENTICE 1

VR259 / G-APJB - change of ownership March 2016

Percival PROCTOR 5

G -AKIU - change of ownership July 2018

Scottish Aviation TWIN PIONEER 3

G -APRS - change of ownership August 2017 (subsequently withdrawn from use)

Other displays / visitors seen on grounds

AVRO 696 SHACKLETON MR MK2

WR963 / G-SKTN [Shackleton Preservation Trust]

AVRO 716 SHACKLETON T.4

VP293

Beagle A.61 TERRIER 2

G-ASAJ

Corby CJ-1 STARLET

G-NATI

de Havilland DH87B HORNET MOTH

G-AESE

de Havilland DH.89A DRAGON RAPIDE 4

G-AKRP 'Northamptonshire Rose' / RL958

de Havilland DH.114 SEA HERON C MK1

XR441 / G-AORG (private, 'date of no fly' 10/09/2014)

Douglas DC-3C-R-1830-90C

G-AMSV (private, maintenance visit)

Fleet MODEL 80 CANUCK

G-FLCA

Grumman American AA-5B TIGER

G-ZERO

Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR.2P

XV232 [Nimrod Preservation Group XV232]

Miles M65 GEMINI 1A

G-AKKH

Piper PA-18-135 SUPER CUB

G-BKJB

TAYLOR TITCH

G-OJON