Cold War Jets Open Day

Air enthusiasts from across the country flocked to Bruntingthorpe this Bank Holiday weekend for the first of the two annual Cold War Jets Open Days. This year’s event was all the more special in what is the 100th Anniversary year of the Royal Air Force.

The biannual event sees the Cold War Jets, which ordinarily form stationary displays as a part of the Bruntingthorpe Aviation Museum, perform ‘fast taxi’ runs on the infamous Bruntingthorpe runways. This unique event features a number of star performers including the Handley-Page Victor, English Electric Lightning and the Nimrod. This year’s show also saw spectacular displays by a number of large-scale model aircraft including the Vulcan.

Dave Walton, Managing Director of Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground and organiser of the show said, “During this the year of the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force it is a great opportunity for us to showcase these aircraft, all of which have played an important part in the enduring history of the RAF”.

The Cold War Jets Open Day takes place biannually, with the second event scheduled for Sunday 26th August. The days are open to the public and gates open typically at 9am, admittance is £20 for adults, £15 for OAP’s and disabled, with accompanied children under 16 years old free of charge.

Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire is the current home of C Walton Limited, Manheim Auctions, Big Thunder Events, Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground and the Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, featuring the iconic Cold War Jets Collection as well as a number of other automotive businesses. All situated within the 670-acre site, there is something to meet the needs of each of our customers. Our wide range of facilities allow us to cater for any type of event, from the standard to the obscure, and thanks to our 3.2km straight, Bruntingthorpe still operates as an active airfield.