Goodwood Aviation exhibition stars revealed Revival 2014

Goodwood Aviation exhibition stars revealed Revival 2014

The Goodwood Revival might be famous for its cars and costumes, but the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation display, for which the entry list has just been revealed, plays a big part too.

Think of the Goodwood Revival, and the first image that will come to mind will probably be one of the classic racing circuit thronging with shining cars and bikes, and people in period dress. After all that’s what the Revival is famous for. But Goodwood’s aerodrome will also play its part in the weekend especially on the Friday, which sees the annual Freddie March Spirit of Aviation exhibition.

The entry list for the display, named after the current Lord March's grandfather and pioneering Aviator Freddie March, the 9th Duke of Richmond, has just been revealed, and it's expected to draw as many as 30 Aircraft this year.

The headline attraction will be a Hiller UH 12E4 helicopter, the very same that starred in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger. In the film, the Hiller was used to fly villain Auric Goldfinger’s atomic bomb to Fort Knox for the big finale, by Bond girl Pussy Galore, played by Honor Blackman.
Pussy Galore’s Hiller won’t be the only star of the Spirit of Aviation display, though. Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden, will exhibit his Fokker DR1 triplane the same model that was used by The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, during the First World War.

Also present will be a 1948 Tempco Globe Swift GC-1B, weighty with the provenance of a true Aviation pioneer, its former owner’s father having been taught to fly at just 14 years old by Wilbur Wright.
Period military aircraft will also feature, including the largest plane in the display a Douglas C47-A Dakota as well as two extremely rare Austers, one of which a 5 which took part in the D Day landings in 1944.
A plethora of period general Aviation machinery will make up the rest of the field, with models from Beechcraft, Cessna, Piper, de Havilland, and Percival all on display.

Rob Wildeboer, Aviation General Manager at Goodwood, believes that this year’s exhibition is set to be the best yet. Every year we gather an amazing selection of aircraft together for the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation exhibition,he said, but this year’s is truly the most impressive to date. We have famous Aircraft and some extreme rarities that will appeal to both the true aviation enthusiast and those looking to get up close to something pretty special.

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Mohini Porwal [ B Sc]
Trainee Aviation  News Editor