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.


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