Newquay aircraft museum in TV documentary
A unique collection of Cold War aircraft belonging to a Westcountry museum is to feature on a BBC programme documenting jet technology throughout the stand-off.
Film crews have visited Classic Air Force's new museum in Newquay, which boasts the largest collection of Cold War aircraft outside of America, in preparation for the BBC2 series Hot Jets which is due to be aired next Friday.
During the episode, presenter James Holland is given first-hand experience of a 1950s jet when he accompanies the trust's chief pilot Jon Corley on a flight in one of its two Hunting Percival Jet Provosts.
The programme is the first of two focusing on the Cold War, and the aircraft that formed the defence of both sides throughout a knife edge period of world history.
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Tim Skeet, chairman of the trust said the piece should make great television.
"The Cold War programme is tailor-made for us as the majority of our collection focuses on the period from the end of the Second World War up to the 1960s," he said. "We have over 30 of them, the majority of which are either airworthy or under restoration. We're a charity that exists to preserve these incredibly rare and historic aircraft, and to make them available and accessible to the widest possible public. Programmes like this help us to show the results of that work."