Air Displays at Corfe Summer Fete

We suspect that we are probably the only village fete in the country that can boast professional aerobatic displays during the course of their event!

We're very lucky to have professional pilot Will Hosie living in the village who, while also acting as the chairman of the fete committee is also the pilot behind the air displays.

Will, a professional pilot for over 30 years will take to the skies and perform two 15 minute displays in an American Christen Eagle II.

The Eagle II is a small aircraft of conventional configuration with single-bay, equal-span staggered biplane wings braced with streamlined flying and landing wires and a I-strut to form a box truss. The pilot and a single passenger sit in tandem underneath a large bubble canopy. The tailwheel undercarriage is fixed, with the mainwheels mounted on spring aluminum legs. The main wheels are housed in streamlined fairings. The fuselage and tail are constructed of chromoly steel welded tube, with the forward fuselage skinned in aluminum and the rear fuselage and tail covered in fabric. The wing structure is Sitka spruce wood and fabric covered. The engine cowling is fiberglass. By 2011 over 350 aircraft were flying.

 

Performance

 

  • Maximum speed: 184 mph (296 km/h)
  • Range: 380 miles (610 km)
  • Service ceiling: 17,000 ft (5,180 m)
  • Rate of climb: 2,100 ft/min (11 m/s)

*Please note due to the nature of these displays it maybe necessary to change timings and/or cancel the displays should conditions necessitate it. Please listen for announcements on the day for any last minute changes.