We were delighted to welcome in the region of 120 aircraft on Sunday, 12th May for our Vintage Fly-in Day 2019.
Weather conditions were perfect and the capacity crowd enjoyed spectacle after spectacle of a bygone age of flying - landing and taking off into brilliant blue skies.
Joining them were a great variety of vintage vehicles, motorbikes and military machinery of various shapes and sizes.
Our students and members were treated to the experience of a very busy circuit and fantastic bird’s eye views of the colourful crowd including: Austers; Tiger Moths; Fox Moths & Hornet Moths; Stearmans; Chipmunks and a replica Spitfire to name but a few.
The bunting was flying and the old-time music was playing on the terrace with a very patient queue of customers for food and drink. So we’d like to say a big, big thank our café bar and kitchen staff for keeping pace with the hordes of hungry visitors so well and everyone’s patience for the time it took to get served.
Finally a massive thank you to absolutely everyone who came along to make it one of the best Fly-in Days we have had at the airfield – especially with your tolerance of the road closures which had been considerably prolonged.
We very much hope to welcome you all back again next year.
Here is a selection of comments on Social Media from our wonderful attendees:
‘Wow love this place and today just showed what a wonderful place Compton Abbas is lovely seeing all the old planes well done to you all.’ Emma Ward
‘Harvard did some nice passes today!’ Jules McGowan
‘Fab day! So glad we got there early and avoided the traffic. Hoping to get back soon for an experience flight!’ Gina Hallett
‘Well done to all the staff.’ Fiona Clemitson
‘What a day’ Pilot World Shop
‘My son and I had a wonderful few hours with you. Thanks to all for a friendly visit, met some lovely people, especially some Morgan car owners and of course a big thank to everyone involved in organising this event and the aircraft owners for bringing in such lovely classic aeroplanes.’ Dave Cooper
‘Amazing day and wonderful weather’ Lisa Bailey
‘I took my 3-year old son who loves planes... He had the best day. Was wonderful thank you.’ Rhian Laura Morris
‘Such a beautiful airfield wish I could have made the 200-mile round trip lol.’ Bradley Rogers
‘What a great turnout really enjoyed the day’ Kevin Bartlett
‘Brilliant weather, great aircraft and friendly staff. Well done all at Compton Abbas.’ Patrick Hardyman-Richards