Skyvan Demo Team was invited to the Manchester airshow 2015 for it’s first ever public flying display on July 5th. Skyvan G-BEOL departed the Koksijde fly-in, where she had been on static display, to arrive at the historic Manchester City Airport at Barton on Sunday morning for an early afternoon display.

Manchester Barton City Airport was first opened in 1928 as a municipal airport and has changed little since its opening. It is considered a good example of the airfields typical of the 1930s. It features four grass runways of relatively modest dimensions, as would have been the requirement at the time. The fully original control tower is protected by it’s grade II listed building status, along with the original terminal building and 1933 build hangar, known as The Pemberton Hangar. In the 30’s the famous Handley Page HP.42 bi-plane airliners used to operate from Manchester Barton.

An interesting and varied flying display had been arranged for by the enthusiastic team at City Airport, ranging from gyrocopters to the Huey and RAF Chinook with aerobatic displays in Pitts’s and Extra 300, the Old buckers with their Bücker Jungmann and a planned display of the OSR Boeing 727.
The Skyvan fitted in nicely as one of the bigger aircraft to still operate from the airfield’s relatively short runways. Hence, the Short Take-off and Landing (STOL) capabilities of the Skyvan were suitably demonstrated as part of our flying display. A little later the flying was sadly curtailed by a ferocious thunderstorm. Nevertheless it was a great event and an excellent day out for the many visitors at the first Manchester Airshow in 21 years.

Congratulations to the Manchester Airshow team for a job well done, with special thanks to Gareth White.

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