Trenchard Museum take charge of flight simulator

The Trenchard Museum at RAF Halton took delivery of a Chipmunk Flight Simulator this week and Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller took it for a test flight during a visit to the Station. 

Museum staff looked on as he took the controls and coped with the ‘flight’ with ease.  Sir Dusty is Vice Patron of the Old Haltonians, himself a former Halton Apprentice, and President of RAFA.

The Simulator was purchased from RC Simulations who are based at Yate near Bristol.  The money came from The RAF Charities Trust with contributions from the Rolls Royce Heritage Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Sir Dusty said, he had: “Thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the Simulator will be a great asset to the Station to use to promote air-mindedness in youngsters.”

Tom Costello, Deputy Curator and Project Manager, said: “This is the only bespoke simulator of its type in the world, based on a De Havilland Chipmunk and has been built specially for us.  It will go into the flight centre that is being created here at RAF Halton which will be called the James McCudden Heritage Flight Centre after Great Britain’s most decorated WW1 fighter pilot who came to Halton as a mechanic in 1913.

Francis Hanford, Curator of the Museum, said: “The aim of the Simulator is to help recruits, Air Cadets, school children and other visitors develop an interest in flight.”

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