Marking 80 years since the first flight of AA810.
To commemorate Jeffrey Quill taking to the skies in AA810 for the first time, the project hosted its first public event in the Market Place at Henley-on-Thames on Sunday the 17th October 2021, 80 years to the day since AA810 first found air under her wings at nearby RAF Henley.
The team took our completed tail section, a number of major fuselage assemblies, and the Merlin engine used by the ACP in our school presentations and set up a display which was enjoyed by over 1,000 locals for the one day event. Speaking of the day, team member Tony Hoskins who leads the management of the restoration said:
"It was absolutely superb to engage with so many people who were fascinated by Sandy's story and the story of the Spitfire assembly factory at RAF Henley. For seven hours we were constantly answering questions about the restoration, the Sandy Gunn Aerospace Careers Programme, and our efforts on a National Monument to those who flew in Photo Reconnaissance during the war. We are incredibly grateful to those who bought our merchandise and to those who gave so generously to our Charity appeal for our youth engagement programme. A fantastic day all round!"
The AA810 project have commissioned a highly limited edition collectors print by aviation artist Ben Holmes depicting that momentous day in 1941. It is available from the AA810 shop here.