Cockpitfest 2009 - Page 1


Glorious weather and a bumper crop of cockpits and visitors ensured that Cockpitfest number 10 was, by all accounts, the best ever. The annual event, held over the weekend of 13th and 14th June, saw no less than thirty-one cockpits, rigs and interior displays being exhibited. Many cockpits, and indeed cockpiters, were new to the event and the variety of aircraft on display provided visitors with displays from WWII, through the Cold War and right up to the modern day. Flypasts by the BBMF Dakota (Saturday) and Lancaster (Sunday) also provided a very welcome addition to the weekend.


As ever Newark Air Museum were outstanding hosts with support and prizes again generously provided by FlyPast magazine and Great British Aircraft Spares. On behalf of all attendees, whether exhibiting or just visiting, I extend my sincere thanks to all concerned.


Prize winners are noted alongside the photos below. All photos by Mark Gauntlett unless otherwise credited.


Enduring Spirit of Cockpitfest Award

A special prize was awarded by Ken Ellis, editor of FlyPast magazine, to Bill Fern of Doncaster's Aeroventure Museum in recognition of his enormous contribution to the success of the Cockpitfest concept. Over the years Bill has displayed an astonishing forty-three cockpits at the event and has been a regular right from the inception of the 'fest back in 2000.


Newark Air Museum ATC Excellence Award

With the aim of encouraging participation from more ATC squadrons, and younger people as a whole, a new prize was awarded this year with Hunter F.6 XF522 of 2366 (Bletchley Park) Squadron being the worthy recipient.


Reader's Award & Champion (joint)

The first of two Reader's Awards went to Trevor Gerrod for the impressive display of Lightning F.6 XR757 and the flying kit shown above.


Reader's Award, Cockpiters Award & Grand Champion

Winning no less than three prizes was Tony Collins' Supermarine Scimitar. Displayed alongside his equally impressive, and previously prize-winning, Sea Vixen and Hunter, Tony's line-up made an imposing sight. Pictured from top to bottom are Scimitar F.1 XD235, interior of XD235, Sea Vixen FAW.2 XN651 and Hunter F.1 WT684.


'Spirit of Cockpitfest' Award

Canberra TT.18 WH887 spent a while upside down in a skip before being rescued by Matt Buddle and Sean Edwards. It is now well on the way to a return to it's former glory, helped along by a well-deserved 'Spirit of Cockpitfest' award.


Champion Award

One of two 'champion' prizes was awarded to Jaguar S06 WT859 from the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection.


Alec Brew's Boulton Paul turret as fitted to the Avro Lincoln bomber.


Cockpitfest regular Frank Millar's Canberra PR.9 and PR.9 nose display.


A first-time visitor to Cockpitfest, and one of four Chipmunks on display, was T.10 WK638 owned by Dave Warren.


Two 'work in progress' single seat fighter projects on display were...


...Tony Dyer's Spitfire Mk.V, and...


...Gary Dean's P-51 Mustang.


One of three cockpits exhibited by Naylan Moore and Bill Fern of Aeroventure was Hunter GA.11 WT741. The others were...


...Canberra T.4 XH584, and...


...Canberra T.19 WJ975.


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