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Friends Open Day - 22 Jan

  • Enjoy full internal & external guided tours

  • Chat with us about all things Shackleton

  • Access "Zebedee", the MR.1 Cockpit Section

  • See our Saunders-Roe Airborne Lifeboat

  • Take Lunch at the Light Apron Cafe

  • Win a box of "Old Growler" in the Raffle

  • Discuss, reminisce and browse the Shop

Free Entry for all "Friends of WR963"​

- Thanks for your support! 

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  • We expect there to be some Growling!

  • From 11am at Coventry Airport

  • Directions on Events webpage

  • ​Just show your "Friends" Card

  • Not yet a Friend?

  • No worries

  • Click or Scan...

A chance to get up close and touchy-feely with WR963!

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Stirring a Griffon (by Steve Williams)

 

We’ve welcomed our guests

And checks have been done

The crowd holds its breath

The ground power’s ON!

 

A glance all round

Three fingers displayed

A whirl of the hand

And the starter’s ENGAGED!

 

A labouring drone

And a cough of white smoke

A whistling tone

As the charger AWOKE!

 

Spitting out flame

With a vicious hiccup

Magnetos to blame?...

Or will it PICK UP?

 

A popping, banging splutter

Shakes the whole frame

“Come on you b*gg*r”

Or some other NAME!

 

Blades stutter and stop

Untidy – in vain

Three fingers aloft

We’ll try that AGAIN!

 

Easier this time

As blades become blurred

With revs on the climb

The Griffon has STIRRED!