Two Spitfires performed a thrilling flyby at Blackbushe Airport this weekend to celebrate the opening of a new hangar for charity Aerobility.
Founded in 1993, Aerobility offers disabled people the opportunity to fly an aeroplane and get up in to the skies.
The charity opened their new hangar on Saturday (July 11), as well as hosting a picnic by the planes in the evening, where those present were treated to a display show and music from the Retros.
The ribbon on the new hangar was cut by Brigadier Neil Sexton, who is in charge of the army’s flying squadron, while the opening was also attended by Sir Gerald Howarth, Conservative MP for Aldershot, who is also a patron of the charity.
Aerobility CEO Mike Miller-Smith MBE was delighted with the new premises, and said it would go a long way to helping the people the charity work with.
He said: “We now have a hanger to keep the aircraft in. This great space made just for the aircraft is not just a building it’s a magic carpet to another world.”
Mr Miller-Smith added: “I think often airports can be seen as mundane places but it’s good Aerobility can be positive in the community and give something back.
“The charity works every day of the year. We fly every day and one of the things we are most proud of is welcoming in all age groups and abilities. We as a charity are looking to partner with local businesses to make our future secure.
“There is so much demand for our services that fund raising is always a challenge. We have three or four people enquire to use every day and we want to help all of them.”
He also said the day was a big success, and thanked local residents for their support.
“It was a great day and the weather was really good,” he said. “It was good to get all of our supporters and patrons together and celebrate the new building.
“It was such a success we are looking to maybe make it a yearly event. It was the first time we used the hangar as a social venue.
“The comments we had were very good and everybody enjoyed the evening and I want to say thank you to the people in the community for their ongoing support.”