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Civilian Vans RV-7

The Vans series of aircraft are the most popular home-built aeroplanes in the world, with over 10,000 now flying.

The RV-7 is a two-seat taildragger, capable of cruising at speeds of up to 200mph and designed so that you can traverse half the American continent in a day. The aircraft attending RIAT 2019 is being built by Group Captain Mark Manwaring, an RAF Navigator, Air Tattoo commentator and private pilot who is building the aircraft to circumnavigate the world.

Find out more about Mark's journey, both to build the aircraft and plan his flight: RAF Flight of the Navigator.


“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, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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