Events Will Mark 75 Years Of Aviation In Scilly

This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of the first commercial flight to the Isles of Scilly and three days of events, including two air displays, are being planned for St Mary’s airport.

For the first two years of flights, the golf club was the airfield.

The history of the service will be on display at the airport this weekend. The museum archive records a host of operators from Brymon to Great Western, and Southern to Channel Air and Scillonian Airways. A variety of craft have also been used including flying boats from Falmouth in the 1940s.

In 1937, de Havilland Dragon Rapide aircraft made the crossing from Land’s End and one of the bi-planes has been sourced from Coventry to repeat that trip on Friday at 11am.

On Sunday there’ll be a display of Culdrose helicopter rescue crew winching skills at 1pm.

Up to 50 private planes could visit and stay on St Mary’s over the weekend.

Previously there have been plans for camping under the wing although there’ll be no camping at the airport this time. Visitors will stay in guesthouses and hotels.

Brian Thomas will host a disco at the airport on Saturday night, with the Rotary Club putting on a barbecue and bar. And on Sunday the Rotary Club is holding their fun day rescheduled from the August bank holiday. They’ll be joined by the school PTA.

Howard Cole from St Mary’s airport says his team has encouraged private pilots and clubs to come and discover Scilly this weekend.

He says it’s a chance to put the airport on the map among private aviators and hopes these promotions will become regular events, which bring additional visitors and airport users over to St Marys.

At this stage, it’s hard to tell how many will take up the offer, because pilots tend to wait until the last minute to check the weather.

The history of air travel in Scilly will be presented in a museum display at the airport.


One Response to Events Will Mark 75 Years Of Aviation In Scilly

  1. JeffEastick September 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    We have been regular visitors for over 40 years but could have arrived earlier ! On one of my many visits to Newquay with my parents in the early 50’s I was promised a special day out and we drove to Lands End for a day flight to Scilly. I was about 6/7 and can still remember being dragged towards the plane – a De Havilland Rapide. It looked to me as if it were held together with string and I would not go anywhere near it.
    We did not get to Scilly that day and my first visit was delayed until 1968. Sadly, my parents never did get to visit Scilly, which remains one of my greatest regrets as they would have loved it as much as we do , together with our sons and grandchildren.