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.

Latest Blog Posts . . .

We Have (Electrical) Power

When Auster Mk1 was designed, there was never any inkling that electrical power to the cockpit would be required so no battery was provisioned.  The propeller is swung by hand, the engine-driven magnetos provide power to the spark plugs, all the instrumentation is mechanical and back then, hand signals and perhaps an Aldis signal lamp were typically used.  Who needs a battery?

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1942 Style & Patina; 21st Century Technology

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!

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Spar-ing Partners

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.

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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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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.

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.