Compton Abbas Vintage Fly-In 3rd June 2023

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Compton Abbas Vintage Fly-In 3rd June 2023

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The Hughes family name will remain etched in Dorset aviation folk-lore as the family responsible for putting Compton Abbas Airfield firmly on the map. In late 2022 it was announced that the Hughes family had sold the airfield to a Mr G Ritchie. Everybody presumed that this was the nail in the coffin for the airfield and the site would be developed into something other than an airfield. The new owner was very quick to confirm his commitment to Compton Abbas remaining as an airfield and in early 2023 the airfield was closed to all but resident flying to allow for redevelopment work. Towards the end of May the airfield reopened to visitors and Saturday 3rd June 2023 it played host to its first vintage fly-in under new ownership.

The old clubhouse has been completely removed and replaced with a spacious modern building with great views over the airfield. A bigger outside seating area has been created and the car park has been extended. This was definitely required as the place was packed with people enjoying the sunshine and aircraft. There are a number of events planned throughout the remainder of the year including 3 weekends that feature Spitfires flying from Compton Abbas!

If you're in the area it's definitely worth dropping into the 'new look' Compton Abbas if only to sample a pint of Gritchie from the local brewery!

On with some photos of some of the vintage and not so vintage aircraft that came and went during the day!

ImageGADKC de Havilland DH87B Hornet Moth by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGAAWO de Havilland DH60G Gipsy Moth_a by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGAHPZ de Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGAIYS de Havilland DH85 Leopard Moth by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGAJAD Piper J-3C-65 Cub_a by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGAJIT Auster V J-1 Kingsland by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGANKZ N6466 de Havilland D82A Tiger Moth by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGARKM Piper PA22-108 Colt_a by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGARKP Piper PA22-108 Colt_b by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGAYEG Falconar F-9_a by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGBCHP Scintex CP1310-C3 Emeraude_c by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGBCPU WP973 de Havilland DHC1 Chipmunk 22_b by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGBEDJ 44-80594 Piper J-3C-65 Cub_f by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGBRJL Piper PA15 Vagabond_a by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGBWNK WD390 de Havilland DHC1 Chipmunk 22_b by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGISDN 14 Boeing Stearman A75N1 by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGULAS WK517 de Havilland DHC1 Chipmunk 22 by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGBKOB Zlin Z326 Trener Master by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGBPUL Piper PA18A-150 Super Cub_b by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGBRUG Luscombe 8E Silvaire Deluxe by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGPLOT_b by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGPTSI_b by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGXVAX Tecnam P2006T_a by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGSMRS Cessna 172F Skyhawk by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGOYIO Robin DR400-120 Dauphin 2+2_b by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

ImageGBYJH Grob G109B by Chris Parsons, on Flickr

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Re: Compton Abbas Vintage Fly-In 3rd June 2023

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Pleased that Compton Abbas has re-opened, it's a lovely place to watch aeroplanes.

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