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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

Ticket Prices

**ADVANCE TICKET SALES**

Tickets can be purchased in advance up to 30th June 2017. Click here for more information. Thereafter, tickets CAN ONLY be purchased at the Show entrance on the day!
Download the booking form here

Entry Prices

Sat 9th & Sun 10th Sept 2017
(Cash only on the gate)

Adult £18.00
Children (under 16yrs)
£7.00
Infants (up to 2yrs)
FREE
Family Ticket
(2 adults & up to
3 children)
£50

World War II Veterans (Passes will need to
be acquired before
31st July 2017
)

FREE
With Pass

STRICTLY NO CARD PAYMENT!

VIP TICKETS

Tickets can be purchased in advance up to Friday 25th August 2017.


Adult £60.00
Children
(5-15 yrs)
£30.00
Children
(2-4 yrs)
£15.00
Infants
FREE

For more information and a booking form please "click here".

School Day &
General Public

Friday 8th September 2017

Adult £10
Children £3.50
the victory Show Charities  

The Grace Spitfire ML407

The Grace Spitfire ML407 was built at Castle Bromwich as a single seat low level Mark IX fighter and served in the front line of battle throughout the last twelve months of World War II.

ML407 was delivered into active service on 29th April 1944 by the famous lady A.T.A. pilot Jackie Moggridge to 485 New Zealand Squadron at ALG Selsey to Flying Officer Johnnie Houlton with the Squadron code OU and the personal insignia letter of V for Johnnie’s wife Vicki.

 

ML407 is in the colour scheme as she was when delivered to F/O Johnnie Houlton DFC who, on the 6th June whilst flying his Spitfire ML407 coded OU-V was accredited with shooting down the first enemy aircraft (a Junkers 88) over the Normandy beach head just south of Omaha Beach.

ML 407 did a total of 176 operational sorties, predominantly ground attack, amassing over 320 combat hours whilst in the 2nd Tactical Air Force (TAF) going from 485 New Zealand Squadron in December 1944 to:- 341 Free French, 308 Polish, 349 Belgian, 345 Free French,332 Norwegian squadrons returning to 485 New Zealand Squadron at the end of the War.

In 1951 Vickers Armstrong at Southampton was commissioned by the Irish Air Corps to convert 20 Spitfires to the trainer configuration - ML 407 was one of these - serving with the Irish Army Air Corps as IAC162 until 1960 with a total time of 763 hours flown for the IAC. ML407 then went into storage.

Nick Grace found this Spitfire in a museum in Scotland in 1979 and he set about his meticulous 5 year rebuild. The Spitfire took to the air again in April 1985 in Nick’s most capable hands with Carolyn, his wife in the rear cockpit. Tragically Nick was killed in a car accident in 1988. He had been displaying the Spitfire for 3 years. His widow Carolyn decided to learn to fly their Spitfire to keep it operational with a Grace in the cockpit in memory of Nick in recognition of his outstanding achievement and for their two children Olivia and Richard then aged 5 and 4. It became known as the Grace Spitfire.

Carolyn is an Australian brought up on a property 120 miles south of Sydney. She achieved her PPL in 1978 in the Channel Islands with the majority of her flying being done in her Stampe biplane.

It was from the Stampe that she progressed on to the Spitfire in July 1990 under the skilful tuition of Peter Kynsey who has trained her to achieve her aerobatic and formation display authorisation. She now has over 850 hours on the Grace Spitfire.

The Grace Spitfire is a family business Olivia Grace (30) designed The Grace Spitfire Website www.ML407.co.uk and Richard Grace (28) has his own DISPLAY TEAM The Trig Aerobatic Teamwww.trigaerobaticteam.com .
Richard also now displays the Grace Spitfire and runs the maintenance organisation which maintains the aircraft thereby ensuring that this historic aircraft will carry on for generations to come as his father had intended.

THE GRACE SPITFIRE IS FLYING IN 2013 DUE TO THE GENEROSITY OF JLT INSURANCE BROKERS WHO SPONSOR THE INSURANCE.