The Flying Start Challenge has received contributions from the following organisations:
The Fleet Air Arm Museum – representing the flying arm of the Royal Navy – houses the largest collection of Naval aircraft in Europe, including aircraft which are the sole survivors of their kind. The museum offers visitors the chance to go on board the British prototype Concorde 002, as well as the experience of a simulated recovery on deck of a Buccaneer and the launch of a Phantom.
Aerospace Bristol is an aerospace museum at Filton, to the north of Bristol, England. The project is run by the Bristol Aero Collection Trust and houses a varied collection of exhibits, as well as Concorde 216 – the final Concorde to be built and the last to fly. The nine-acre site on Filton Airfield, Bristol, includes two First World War Grade II listed hangars, providing over 5,000m² of public exhibition space, 1,700m² of indoor learning spaces and workshops, plus over 5,000m² of outdoor learning and testing space. The exhibition covers over 100 years of aviation history through two world wars, exploring the role of aircraft in these conflicts, through the drama and technological advances of the space race and on to the modern day.
RNAS Yeovilton is one of the Navy’s two principal air bases, and one of the busiest military airfields in the UK. It is home to more than 100 aircraft operated on both front-line squadrons and training units, including the Fleet Air Arm Wildcat Force and the Commando Helicopter Force, plus vintage aircraft of the RN Historic Flight.
Jet Age Museum is the museum of Gloucestershire aviation, a museum of local history and not a general aviation museum. The museum attracts visitors from all across the country, due mostly to its exciting exhibits, highly knowledgable staff and child-friendly attractions. Some of the attractions that it hosts are the Meteor T8, Typhoon and Hurricane Replica – all of which were built locally! Find out what else they have to offer by clicking here.
Bristol Aero Club is a non-profit flying club aiming to share the joy of private flying at affordable cost. The club is run by volunteers supported by a highly experienced team of qualified instructors and maintenance engineers. They are regulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority and provide training courses and instruction to high standards. Find out what else they have to offer by clicking here.
Mendip Gliding Club – If you’ve ever seen a sailplane flying gracefully through the sky, you probably wondered what it feels like to do that. Soaring in a glider is a wonderful sensation – something that is almost too difficult to describe in words. Mendip Gliding Club invites you to surf our website and learn how you can find the answer…by experiencing the full majesty of nature in silent flight over one of the most beautiful regions in the country. The winning team in the Flying Start Challenge wins a glider flight experience! For more information go to: http://www.mendipgliding.co.uk/ and dont forget to check out their YouTube page!