OPENING TIMES

Friday 8th September 2017
9am – 5pm

(no official airshow / re-enacment battle on this day)

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September 2017
9am – 5pm


In 1952 3TM RCAF 1564, was acquired to strengthen Canadian Air Defence Command, operating out of RCAF Station Chatham, Canada as a brand new aircraft (not remanufactured).

In 1958 she moved to No 104 Communications Flight at St Hubert, Quebec, and later on to the Canadian Armed Forces Mobile Command.

In late 1966 she moved to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba and was operated both there and also at Winnipeg by No 5 Air Navigation School.

In 1970, when she was flown to Saskatoon who declared her surplus on in February, 1971.

It was then reregistered from CA-164 to CF-QPD and acquired by Capital Air Surveys Ltd (CAS), and used for aerial survey work, with two other Capital 18s (3NM CF-SUQ & 3N CF-DTN), all were painted in an all red finish. Used in France, Canada and North Africa, until Capital went bankrupt, it and the two other ex RCAF Capital Model 18s were impounded at Prestwick, Scotland 1981.

They were subsequently sold to the British Aerial Museum at Duxford (along with CF-SUQ) in 1982, to potentially use as a pilot-trainer for their Bristol Blenheim restoration project and re-registered as G-BKGL.

In 1991, The BAM restoration and engineering team, led by John Romain, stripped Beech 18 G-BKGL, with the cockpit and cabin refurbished, and new seats from America fitted.

It was finished in an attractive 1943 US Navy scheme of Dark Sea Blue over Dove Grey and a full CAA Certificate of Airworthiness certificate obtained, the aircraft appeared at various air displays in the UK and on the Continent from 1983 onwards proving a delight to fly.”

In 1989, BAM, now renamed the Aircraft Restoration Co, decided to thoroughly overhaul the aircraft. All major components and sub-assemblies were refurbished or replaced and a 1942 USAAC all silver paint scheme applied with the appropriate 1942 insignia.

It was sold to Propshop Ltd under the ownership of John Romain and Tim Darrah,& operated by Radial Revelation, where it Appeared in US Masterpiece Theatre Classic “Upstairs Downstairs: A Faraway Country About Which We Know Nothing” simulating Chamberlain’s flight to Munich

In 2012 it flew from Duxford to Bruntingthorpe, for another repaint in 2012 in royal blue, to be taken back to its silver fuselage after 2014.

It is now based, at Leicestershire Aeroclub in 2107 under its new owner and back, under its display authority for you all to enjoy. Beechcraft 1164 is the only one flying in the UK at the moment, so please enjoy a part of its history and future flights to come.