OPENING TIMES

Friday 8th September 2017
9am – 5pm

(no official airshow / re-enacment battle on this day)

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September 2017
9am – 5pm



Hispano Buchon 2 seat G-AWHC

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Hispano HA-1112-M4L “Buchon” G-AWHC is the sole surviving variant of two 2 seat aircraft built by Hispano Aviacion in Tablada, Seville, in 1954. Given the serial number 40/2 the aircraft was operated by the Spanish Air Force from 1954 until the retirement of the type in late 1965.

Not too long after retirement the aircraft was saved from an inevitable demise by Group Captain Hamish Mahaddie who was tasked with locating aircraft for the filming of “The Battle Of Britain” in 1967. All 27 “Buchons” used in the filming were swiftly made airworthy again and painted in Luftwaffe colours of the Battle of Britain period. With a want for absolute authenticity an “ace” from each Air Force was drafted in to ensure that tactics used during the filming were appropriate for the period. For the RAF Robert Stanford Tuck, and for the Luftwaffe Adolf Galland, two truly remarkable pilots who became great friends during the process. So much so that towards the end of the filming they went flying together in G-AWHC to “compare notes” which, to the best of my knowledge, would be the only time an RAF and a Luftwaffe Ace have flown together. The aircraft was moved to Texas after the film and lay dormant there until being moved by Air Leasing LTD to the UK for restoration.