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de Havilland Canada Chipmunk

Countless RAF trainee pilots - and, indeed, those of many other air arms - were instructed on de Havilland Canada's wonderful Chipmunk, without doubt among the greatest of all primary trainers. It entered RAF service in 1950 and was not retired until 1996; even today, the service uses two for tail wheel training with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. One of many civilian-owned Chipmunks will be on static display at RIAT 2014, an ex-RAF example owned by the Mike Oscar Group and based at Wellesbourne Mountford in Warwickshire. Serial WK514, on the civil register as G-BBMO, was delivered early in 1952 to No 5 Reserve Flying School at Castle Bromwich.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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