The Future is bright for WW1 AHT!

Dominic Sheehan – General Manager of Sir Peter Jackson’s corporate HQ – Wingnut Films and now the new CEO at their subsidiary Company – The Vintage Aviator Ltd:”The WWI Aviation Heritage Trust has been managing two planes in the UK for The Vintage Aviator Limited – a BE2 and Sopwith Snipe. Both aircraft are returning home to New Zealand shortly but TVAL and the Trust are in discussions on possible future loans from TVAL’s collection”
The TVAL Collection includes more than 20 different WW1 aircraft types and period vehicles/equipment.

We moved our German Trustee’s BE2 in 7 Squadron colours from Old Warden to Stow Maries yesterday. He has promised his Fokker DVII once complete but also in time for next year.  We hope to have his Albatros DVa and SE5a back from NZ for 2018. They arrived in Wellington last month for repairs. We will shortly be starting a digital fund-raising campaign to get these aircraft back on time.

We hope to run at an event at Stow for all PoWs on 22nd Oct 17. We are making plans already for next year including supporting a celebration of the role of St Omer in the history of the RFC and RAF for the month of June and the RAF 100 celebrations on Horse Guards in July. We will return to Heveningham Hall where the Snipe recently won the Aviation Concourse. We are hoping to join the WW1 flying celebration at the Chalke Valley History Festival and will shortly be requesting permission to conduct a flypast at the Henley Royal Regatta dropping poppies as a symbolic gesture reflecting the last year of the Centenary.