The Vulcan is Coming; Iconic RAF Bomber to Land at Coventry Airport Fly-in

The iconic Vulcan, part of the RAF’s original V-bomber force, will land at 11am at Coventry Airport’s Fly-in on 26 September 2010.

One of the world’s most recognisable military aircraft will be a major highlight of the fundraising event in support of Help for Heroes.

Its Pilot and crew will also be available to meet interested visitors attending the one-day event.

“I am thrilled that the Vulcan, one of a legendary group of aircraft including the Spitfire and Concorde, is joining the Fly-in, because there are very few aircraft that can match its presence and power. It will be a major attraction at our fundraising event and is a reflection of the fantastic level of support we are getting from all quarters,” said Sir Peter Rigby, Chairman of Patriot Aerospace, owner of Coventry Airport.

The Fly-in will include the famous Battle of Britain Commemorative Flight and feature many legendary aircraft from the Spitfire, Hurricane, Tornado and Hercules to the modern day jet, helicopters and classic flights.

Visitors will not only have the opportunity to get close up and personal with pilots, crew and aircraft, experience hangar-based shopping and entertainment, but be part of the Fly-in experience by taking a helicopter flight around the airfield. The Fly-in will be a fantastic day out for families and aviation fans alike, with entrance by a donation of £20 per car or £5 per pedestrian.

Funds raised will go towards improving the lives of wounded servicemen and women who are being treated at the Centre for Defence Medicine based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. The Fly-in at Coventry Airport is staged in partnership with the Armed Forces, the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Coventry City Council, CV One, Loop, Classic Flight Club and Heliflight.

Advance tickets are now available to book online 

Pilots can pre-book their landing slots by calling the Fly-in hotline on 02476 516 464. Landing fees of £20.00 per aircraft will be donated to Help for Heroes.

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Notes to Editor

About Coventry Airport

Coventry Airport was acquired by Sir Peter Rigby’s aviation group, Patriot Aerospace, in April 2010.

The strategic acquisition will create a vibrant, commercial regional hub for General Aviation, including leisure, business and freight; with passenger flights amongst possible future plans, alongside creating more job and generating income for the region.

The deal firmly establishes Patriot's status as a leading and fast growing General Aviation specialist in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. The acquisition of Coventry Airport dovetails with the Group's extensive national flight training, charter, sales and engineering operations.

Patriot Aerospace operates through three specialist aviation businesses: Patriot Aviation, Heliflight and London Helicopter Centres. Through these brands, customers have access to a nationwide and end to end general aviation service, including learning to fly, buying or chartering; refurbishment, avionics, engineering and maintenance; and affordable access to VIP business and leisure helicopter charter. It operates from six air bases: Cranfield, Coventry, Enniskillen, Gloucester, Redhill and Wolverhampton.

For more information about the Group visit

About Sir Peter Rigby

Sir Peter Rigby is a seasoned businessman and one of the UK’s top entrepreneurs with an international outlook and experience of working on a European and Global basis. He is a regional ambassador, vocal champion and major employer in the Midlands. He is also an experienced fixed wing and helicopter pilot.

A recognised leader in the field of I.T. with a forty year career in the sector, he founded, owns and chairs one of the UK’s top ten largest privately owned companies, the SCH group, which has its international business headquarters in the centre of Birmingham. The Group employs some 7,000 professionals based in 7 European countries with affiliated partnerships worldwide.

In addition to the Patriot Aviation Group, Sir Peter Rigby owns the Eden Collection hotel group, which includes Mallory Court near Leamington Spa, and is joint venturing with the Royal Shakespeare Company to re-open Stratford-Upon Avon’s Arden hotel, in the Autumn of 2010.

Sir Peter’s charitable foundation was established some 15 years ago (The Rigby Foundation) and he is Chairman and Patron or Trustee of several major charities.

Contact: Helen Reid
Phone: 0845 130 8992