Freddie march spirit of aviation
The winner of the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation at the Goodwood Revival this year was the Beech Staggerwing. Coming in 2nd place was the DH Rapide and joint 3rd were the Gipsy Moth and the Stinson 'Flying Station Wagon'.
The ‘Freddie March Spirit of Aviation’ held its inaugural show in 2007 and is a prestigious ‘concours d’elegance’ for historic aircraft built before 1966, that is held over the Revival weekend.
The aim of this competition is to bring together around 25 of the world’s finest, most elegant, original and rarely-seen aircraft from the evocative pioneering days of aviation, to create a spectacle at the Revival that all race-goers are able to get up close to and enjoy.
For 2012, the PBY Catalina amphibian was on display where visitors could behold this wonderful aircraft. Originally developed to meet a military requirement, the Catalina was a must see at the Revival.
The Red Rockette Beechcraft Staggerwing is currently being flown around the world and stopped at the 2013 Revival. The journey began in 2009 when the Staggerwing left New Zealand.
A flying replica of Britain’s first purpose-designed military aircraft - the BE2 bi-plane which was in service with the Royal Flying Corps from 1912 until the end of World War I - exhibited in all it’s magnificent glory.
The revolutionary Douglas DC-3 flew in for the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation 2012. This plane is one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made.