Cornwall

Classic aircraft museum opens at Newquay Airport

Meteor
Image caption A Gloster Meteor is among the aeroplanes on show

An aircraft museum which moved from Coventry to Cornwall has opened to the public.

The Classic Aircraft Trust has created the new Cornish visitor attraction of more than 30 aeroplanes.

The planes that are now based at the Newquay aero-hub include a Gloster Meteor, and De Havilland's Vampire.

The aero-hub enterprise zone is aimed at attracting more aerospace businesses to Newquay with tax breaks and relaxed planning regulations.

The trust had used its previous site at Coventry Airport for 25 years.

The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which replaced the South West Regional Development Agency, said it hoped the museum would be the "first of many" new organisations at the enterprise zone.

Richard Spencer-Breeze, the general manager of the attraction, said: "It's going to be exciting.

"People will be impressed by what we have here, and we do intend to develop through the months and years."

Al Titterington, managing director of Newquay Cornwall Airport, said the museum would become "an important attraction for the Cornish tourism economy".

As well as the collection of aeroplanes, the Classic Air Force centre will operate pleasure flights in a DeHavilland Dragon Rapide bi-plane.

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