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Lancaster PA474


The Avro Lancaster is the most famous and successful RAF heavy bomber of World War Two. It is a legend that lives on today and the contribution made by the aircraft and it's crews to the freedom of our nation will, hopefully never be forgotten. The PA474 is one of only two Lancaster aircraft remaining in airworthy condition out of the 7337 that were built.


See the Lancaster fly past Sywell Classic: Pistons & Props on Sunday 22nd September 2019. Please note this is a replacement for the Dakota ZA947 which is now unable to attend.







Please note: All displays and appearances are subject to aircraft serviceability and weather conditions on event days



P-47D Thunderbolt 'Nellie'


Aircraft Type: Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Year of Manufacture: 1945

Powered by: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51M1

Paint Scheme: F4-J 'Nellie' 492nd Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Group


The largest and heaviest single-seater piston-engined fighter in history, and the most numerous American fighter ever produced, the 'Jug' was a hugely successful high altitude escort and a formidable ground attack aircraft.

'Nellie' was built in 1945 at Republic's Evansville factory in Indiana. Serialled 45-49192 the aircraft was built originally as a P-47D-40-RA. Detail of its service with the USAAF is not known, although it did serve with the Air Training Command during the last few months of the War, and was eventually stored at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma with the Air Material Command.

It was restored to full operational status at Hensley Field in Texas 1952, after the Rio Pact had been signed by the USA, and was assigned to the Military Assistance Program in September of that year.

In 1953 it formed part of a group of P-47's which found their way to the Peruvian Air Force and it gave good service until 1867, initially as a front-line fighter and then as a fighter trainer.





Hispano HA-1112-M4L Buchon “Red 11 (G-AWHC)


Aircraft Type: Hispano HA-1112-M4L “Buchon” (Converted to a 2 seater)

Operator: Air Leasing Ltd

Year of Manufacture: 1954

Powered by: Rolls Royce Merlin

Colour Scheme: Luftwaffe “Red 11 JG.26, Lille 1940 (Battle of Britain movie)


The Hispano HA-1112-M4L “Buchon” is essentially a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine Messerschmitt Bf109. The Luftwaffe-manned Condor Legion upon its return to Germany in 1939, left around 40 Bf109B/E’s for the Spanish Air Force to use. In 1943 the Spanish government agreed to licence production with Messerschmitt to produce 200 Bf109G’s. As the war worsened, Germany was unable to supply the remaining components for the airframes. Improving relations between the Spanish government and the West from 1952, saw the powerful Rolls Royce Merlin engine sourced from Britain fitted to the airframe. The combination of ex-German airframe and British power plant was successful.


G-AWHC is the sole surviving two seat variant built by Hispano Aviacion in Saville in 1954. This aircraft was one of 27 purchased at auction from the Spanish Air Force by Spitfire Productions for use in the making of the 1968 movie “The Battle of Britain”. Luftwaffe Ace Adolf Galland flew G-AWHC during the movie. The aircraft was moved to Texas after filming and lay in storage there until being moved by Air Leasing LTD to the UK for restoration. This aircraft is available for two seat experiences from Sywell with 'Ultimate Warbird Flights'.


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G-LFIX 'The Grace Spitfire'


Aircraft Type: Supermarine Spitfire IX

Operator: Air Leasing Ltd

Year of Manufacture: 1944

Powered by: Rolls Royce Merlin

Colour Scheme: 485 Squadron RAF


The Grace Spitfire ML407 was originally built at Castle Bromwich in early 1944 as a single seat fighter and served in the front line of battle throughout the last twelve months of World War II. ML407 flew a total of 176 operational combat sorties amassing an impressive total of 319 combat hours. Flying Officer Johnnie Houlton DFC who was accredited, whilst flying ML407, with the first enemy aircraft shot down over the Normandy beachhead on 6th June D-Day. ML407 was converted in 1950 to the two seat configuration for the Irish Air Corps as an advanced trainer. Design Engineer Nick Grace acquired ML407 in late 1979 from the Strathallan Museum and spent five years meticulously restoring the Spitfire to flying condition. After Nick Graces untimely death in a car accident Carolyn Grace took up the gauntlet of keeping this aircraft flying and now the next generation, being Richard Grace is not only maintaining the aircraft but is flying the aircraft just as his late father had done. This aircraft is available for two seat experiences from Sywell with 'Ultimate Warbird Flights'.



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