If planes, trains and automobiles are your ‘thing’, get yourself along to Manchester Airport this weekend for Europe’s biggest Aviation and Transport Fair.
The fair, which is now in its fourth year, is one of the biggest of its kind in the world, attracting visitors from across the UK and from as far afield as Holland, Switzerland, Germany and Dubai.
Taking place in the Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park and the hangar that houses the retired Concorde, visitors can expect to see exhibits that include six full-scale model railways depicting actual stations and villages in North West of England, alongside a giant Scalextric track, which will be available for visitors to race; and demonstrations of Air Navigation Radar equipment.
Outside the hangar, more than 200 classic cars dating back to 1914 will be on display around the Runway Visitor Park, alongside special novelty shaped hot air balloons, a diesel train engine, vintage fire engines, busses and military vehicles which served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Members of the UK Cockpit Club will also be exhibiting their treasured aircraft flight decks which range from an RAF Tornado to an HS 748 aircraft built at Woodford Aerodrome. The former BAe Chief Test Pilot, Mr Robbie Robinson, will be reunited at the Fair with the aircraft he first flew on delivery to Trinidad and Tobago Airlines more than 30 years ago.
For younger transport enthusiasts, the author of the children’s story books “Fergus and Friends”, Steve Burnside, is attending the event, along with Fergus the tractor.
Aviation and transport enthusiasts, societies and traders will be selling all sorts of vintage memorabilia and collectibles – including model aircraft, old posters, timetables, advertisements and steam engines – in the hangar under the wings of the world’s most famous aeroplane, Concorde
Glenn Wheeler, Secretary of The Aviation Society (TAS), which organises the event in conjunction with Manchester Airport, said “The Aviation and Transport Fair is a fantastic day out for the whole family, attracting visitors from far and wide. There is always a large queue on opening, with people on the lookout for rare items and memorabilia, particularly from airlines that are sadly no longer around. In addition to the more specialist side of things for collectors, this year we have more exhibits and exciting things for everyone to enjoy than ever before, regardless of whether you are a seasoned aviation enthusiast, or a first time visitor.”
All of the Runway Visitor Park’s permanent exhibits – including the iconic supersonic airliner Concorde, a retired RAF Nimrod, an Avro RJX; a DC-10; and a retro Trident airliner – will also be open to the public for viewing. Visitors will also be able to watch aircraft landing and taking-off on Manchester Airport’s busy runways, with a live loud-speaker commentary provided by one of Manchester’s Air Traffic Controllers.
Entry to the Concorde Hangar and Memorabilia Fair is £2.00, with free entry for children-under-14. Throughout the weekend money will be raised for local and national charities including: Help for Heroes, Child Flight and St Annes Hospice.
The Runway Visitor Park is located next to Manchester Airport’s runways, off Sunbank Lane in Altrincham, Greater Manchester – just two minutes from Junction 6 of the M56 motorway.
The Manchester Airport Aviation and Transport Fair takes place this Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July 2012 at the Runway Visitor Park, Greater Manchester, with the Park open from 08:00 to 20:30.