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Events at the ATA museum, Maidenhead

Winter Aviation Talks

Six 2-hr talks by Heritage Centre chairman Richard Poad using archive photographs, newsreel and films to trace over 100 years of local aviation history: visionary pioneers, the flying circuses, ATA, RAF White Waltham, Fairey Aviation, ML Aviation and much more. The 6 evening lectures will be followed in the 7th week by a day time visit to West London Aero Club to view aircraft in the hangars.

Tuesday evenings, 7:30pm, starting Tuesday 14th January 2014. Venue: West London Aero Club, White Waltham Airfield


Fees: £55 (£40 for Friends of Maidenhead Heritage Centre), in aid of Heritage Centre funds.





Showing our presence in the Library

2Our Spitfire Simulator Flight “pop-up” display is currently in the main entrance of the Maidenhead Public Library. This makes an eye catching display for our Simulator.

The Simulator was once again a very popular attraction over the school hslf term week.

Recent Visitors who flew our Simulator

Stirling pilot takes control

When the newly formed Aviation Group of Maidenhead U3A held its inaugural meeting at the museum, ex RAF pilot Mike Bradshaw took the controls of our Spitfire simulator. Mike flew Stirling and Halifax bombers during world War II.

Home Secretary lands Spitfire at Heathrow!

Theresa May, MP for Maidenhead, visited us at the end of August with her husband Philip. They both had a Spitfire slight, getting ‘airborne’ from White Waltham and flying over their home village of Sonning before turning east of Maidenhead, Dorney Lake and Windsor Castle and landing at Heathrow. The official secret act prevents us disclosing whether the Home Secretary landed on the runway or the grass!

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip filming

The BBC’s Celebity Antiques Road Trip is an addition to the growing number of film crews using the Grandma Flew Spitfires exhibition. The crew came on Wednesday 19th June to film an episode of Celebity Antiques Road Trip to be screened in the Autumn. In the picture below actress Nina Wadia, the Celebrity, is getting instruction from Christopher Hobbs on flying the Spitfire Simulator.


Battle of Britain Veteran flies the Spitfire Simulator

A Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot came to fly our simulator on Friday 21st June. He was Sqdn Leader Alan Scott; – he joined the RAF in WW2 a bit later after a bad crash in Tiger Moth, this entailed a 6 months repair job in hospital! – flew Spits and Hurricanes – then onto Malta in 1942 – towards end of war working as test pilot at Kemble, he was ‘loaned to ATA at Aston Down for a while’. He is 92 in July and very fit – he climbed in and out of the simulator quite easily!

Alan enjoyed his extended flight and had full control immediately – when asked about aerobatics – Christopher Hobbs said no problem! So off he went – rolls and loops!

His son who came with him was so impressed that he is thinking of returning with a group from Rotary.



Visit by Australian Film Crew



An Australian film crew came to the ATA Museum to get footage for a forthcoming programe.

The film crew, Cameraman Charlie, with his colleague Eliza, came from the TV channel NINE, which is preparing a special feature on ATA to be broadcast on ANZAC Day, which is probably April 25th. They spent three hours in the exhibition, and filmed an interview with Richard Poad and also part of a simulator flight with him.

Penny Griffiths looks extremely pleased with herself flying the simulator.


All the Griffiths family are enjoying the exhibits in the ATA Gallery.




The Deputy Mayor of the Borough, Councillor Andrew Jenner visited the Heritage Centre on 26 October. He had come to fly the Spitfire Simulator in the ATA Museum. The picture below shows him at the controls of the Simulator. With him(l to r) Mr Harry Wale a Trustee and Mr Richard Poad the Chairman of the Maidenhead Heritage Trust.



Grandma Flew Spitfires!

"Hitler would have been worried!" Entry in our visitor book on 19 September from Mrs G F from London after flying our simulator.

"Brilliant! Kind, helpful and considerate volunteers" Entry from Mr L B of Bury (Lancs) on 20 September

We are open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday. If you are coming specifically to fly the Spitfire simulator, please phone to check that it is fully serviceable - Call 01628 780555 Pre-booking strongly advised.

You can fly a Spitfire simulator, just like the intrepid men and women of ATA! Watch video > Grandma Flew Spitfires at Maidenhead Heritage Centre is home to one of the world's largest collections of ATA memorabilia.

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