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BrotherJoybert
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1 of 27  Sat 7th Aug 2010 8:05am  
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Visited this new aviation attraction for the first time yesterday and was really impressed. It is a 'working hangar' - all aircraft are airworthy or being restored. When the airport gets all its flying licences back they will be operating pleasure flights as well. Staff were great and it is very child friendly. It is not to be confused with the Midland Air Museum on Rowley Road. Entrance to Airbase is via Baginton Village - the West gate entrance. http://www.youtube.com/v/8DgIZ4ILdLw http://www.classicflightclub.com/airbase
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Rob Orland
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2 of 27  Tue 24th Aug 2010 9:25pm  
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I've just had another look at this, and it looks like they've got clearance for the pleasure flights. A bit pricey though - 150 quid for 2 of us is quite a lot, so it'll have to be a 'good' month! It doesn't mention kids - I wonder if they're free? We might have to limit ourselves to a 'taxi ride' up the runway for now The £4 admission for the base looks like very good value though. Thanks for letting us all know about this Simon.
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BrotherJoybert
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3 of 27  Sun 26th Sep 2010 11:09pm  
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Today saw a major event at the airport in aid of "Help for Heroes". It wasn't a full-on airshow but certainly had some impressive aircraft taking part: http://www.youtube.com/v/x10ranupNXk http://www.youtube.com/v/t6K1BO8OcIE http://www.youtube.com/v/xMuo2VS1y9I
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nodigitsever
Allesley Park
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4 of 27  Mon 27th Sep 2010 11:30pm  
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When I hear the sound of those jet engines it makes me proud that the inventor Sir Frank Whittle was born in Coventry
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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5 of 27  Sat 2nd Oct 2010 7:37pm  
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Funny you should mention that - I was there with my eldest and it crossed my mind that that fact was not really highlighted. The noise of that Vulcan was fantastic.
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IslandCafe
Plymouth, Devon
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6 of 27  Sat 13th Aug 2011 3:20pm  
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I was in Coventry last weekend for a family wedding at Coombe Abbey and while we were there (in Cov) we were taken to a rather novel restaurant that no one I mentioned it to knew it existed. We drove in through the main airport gate at Baginton and after many twists and turns arrived alongside an old Dakota aircraft. This was where we were eating, it has been cleverly converted to a super restaurant maintaining all the features of the original plane, you can walk along to the fully functional cockpit with all the instruments in place. There was even a bar in the tail end where you could go just for drinks. I hope I'm not advertising Rob but I feel there must be many aviation buffs out there who would love the experience. Cheers Cheers Alan
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dutchman
Spon End
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7 of 27  Sat 13th Aug 2011 3:32pm  
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Although a Douglas aircraft like the Dakota, the diner is in fact a converted DC-6 Coventry Airbase
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IslandCafe
Plymouth, Devon
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8 of 27  Sat 13th Aug 2011 4:31pm  
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I stand corrected Dutchman, I should have known that as it is called the DC-6 Diner. Alan Thumbs up
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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9 of 27  Sat 13th Aug 2011 6:18pm  
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What a coincidence! Last Saturday we visited Baginton's Airbase for our first time, and very impressed we were, too. We didn't use the DC6 Diner that time, but we almost certainly will soon, as we plan to go again in a couple of weeks (August Bank holiday) for a special "Imagineering" event lasting 3 days. (Dutchman's link above should lead to the details.) And Alan.... please don't worry about "advertising", I know that you (and all the regular members) always have the best interests of this forum at heart, and we all benefit from hearing about decent places to visit, etc. Thumbs up
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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10 of 27  Sun 14th Aug 2011 10:32pm  
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My dad always told me that if folks were coming out of anywhere & they were smiling, that was a good sign. I have never been a night time drinker, for one thing, if I was playing in a band it did not mix. I do like a breakfast or lunch. My bus-pass does at least mean that I can enjoy a drink with my lunch without the ramifications of driving. Recently, I have enjoyed the standard of the food at the Wallace. It's a 'sizzler' pub & must be at the top of its class, judging by how many ladies feast in there. I went through a period of playing at the Canley Crem, & I quite liked the 'sizzler' pub there, the 'Phoenix' I think. Unless someone puts me off, I intend to give the pub opposite what used to be Stoke Park girls school a try as I continue my walks in that part of our city. Do let me know, please. Cheers
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InnisRoad
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11 of 27  Mon 15th Aug 2011 12:37pm  
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On 13th Aug 2011 3:32pm, dutchman said: Although a Douglas aircraft like the Dakota, the diner is in fact a converted DC-6
Indeed, having flown in a Dakota, I can tell you that it was a 36-seater. Not much room for a restaurant, I fear. The DC-6 was the precursor to the DC-7C, one of the largest, last and possibly the best, piston-engined transatlantic aircraft. They had to refuel in Newfoundland and at this end, either in Shannon or Prestwick, to make the hop across the pond.
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scrutiny
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12 of 27  Wed 11th Jan 2012 8:33am  
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Looking at the picture of the "Rapide" the first flight I ever had was in one of these, c.1959/60. From Cov airport and a flight round Cov and a circle above our school "Freddies" for an all in price of 7/6d (38np). A bit different to the price now, lol. Oh my
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morgana
the secret garden
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13 of 27  Thu 12th Jan 2012 11:37am  
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Yes there is a big difference Mattash from 7/6d to £50, lol. When you said airbase I thought military, oh well yes, great idea. Let's hope it's successful and no accidents. Oh my
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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14 of 27  Sun 15th Jan 2012 11:09pm  
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We took the kids (2 and 4) there when it was half price for adults and free for the kids on a heritage weekend. It was OK for the price we paid, but if I'd paid full price I would have felt ripped off. The kids enjoyed sitting in the aircraft, but there were not enough staff there to have them all open so we had to wait for ages to get into them. The Dakota diner was supposed to open at 12:30, but it didn't. The kids were hungry so we eventually just left to get them some food somewhere else. It still wasn't open when we left an hour after it was supposed to open. I found the whole thing a bit of a shambles. The play area was terrible. It's a great idea, but seems very poorly run and put together. What was most fascinating was the state of the airport - it's like something from a JG Ballard novel. Decaying buildings, bits of places, overgrown car parks...
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TonyS
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15 of 27  Mon 16th Jan 2012 9:00am  
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Am I correct in assuming you didn't like it then? Thumbs up
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