The Historic Army Aircraft Flight (HAAF) brings the history of Army flying to life by preserving and flying our unique collection of historic Army aircraft. We serve as a ‘living museum’ for veterans commemorative and memorial purposes, as an aid to recruiting and to make the public aware of historical Army Aviation.
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In 1942, when our Auster Mk1 was manufactured, the aircraft were simple, the mission straightforward and back then, technology only had a small part to play in operating safely and effectively. The cockpit dashboard had only enough instrumentation for the pilot to keep the aircraft pointing in the right direction and at the right height while keeping an eye on how the engine was performing. Times have changed!
Behold the latest update from the Auster maintenance team regarding progress on the reconditioning of our 1942 Auster Mk1. With the mantra “There shall be no play in the control system”, the team has been inspecting every aspect of the Auster’s flying controls – including the horizontal flying trim system. This trim control is provided by a pair of trim tabs located beneath the tail plane. The tabs are controlled by the pilot independently of the elevator via two steel wires that run up the inside of the fuselage.
With apologies for the terrible pun in the Blog title ………. time for a brief update on progress for our Auster Mk1 reconditioning project. We have replaced the undercarriage suspension rubber bands (a tricky job and not for the faint-hearted), so we now just need to recondition the wheels and brakes and then we can pop the aircraft back onto the ground.
At our base at the Army Aviation Centre in Middle Wallop, we maintain our flight of historic army aircraft. You can visit our aircraft in their virtual hangar.
We can also offer you the opportunity to come and Fly With Us, to see and experience these historic aircraft in their natural habitat — in the air! If this is perhaps a little more than you can manage, then please do enjoy watching our in-flight videos —they might just help to change your mind.
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With a little subterfuge, I took great delight in inviting Adam Roberts, a good friend of the Historic Flight, to the annual symposium of the Historic Aircraft Association (HAA), supposedly for a side-bar meeting about an upcoming project (more on that later)… little did he know that he would be awarded a trophy that day!
We returned to the Farnborough International Airshow this year on Friday 22nd July 2022. The day was themed “Pioneers of Tomorrow”… it was the last day of the show and was dedicated to being an exciting showcase of the very best in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM)…
It was back in 2019 that Fawley Parish Council invited The Flight to attend their Armed Forces Day event, but initial enthusiasm turned into disappointment when our aircraft was fogged-in at Middle Wallop. After two years of lockdowns, on Saturday 18th June our Scout dropped into the Gang Warily Recreation Centre just inland from Southampton Water.
Our team are all volunteers. The Flight is entirely self-funded and the future of our Aircraft relies on public support, sponsors and donations. You can Support Us and get involved by becoming a HAAF Supporter.
The Army Flying Museum is our near-neighbour at Middle Wallop. The mission of the Museum is complementary to that of the HAAF and we are delighted to have them as our partner.
Use the Contact Us button to see how to get in touch with us. Please be aware that we are a small team of volunteers and only work a couple of days each week, but we will get back to you as soon as we can, thank you.