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Newark Air Museum - Cockpit-Fest 2017

Cockpit-Fest 2017 proved to be another great event at the Newark Air Museum site in eastern Nottinghamshire, where this year the museum arranged for the Cockpit-Fest and Aeroboot display areas to be located alongside each other on the Southfield Site.

Cockpit-Fest 2017 at Newark Air Museum. The museum trustees were particularly thankful to a host of people: all of the Cockpiteers and Exhibitors, their friends and families; the Aeroboot stall holders; the museum staff, aircraft openers and volunteers who helped during the build-up, during and after the event.

Support for this year's event came from the following people and organisations:

Ken Ellis ('Wrecks & Relics - Spirit of Cockpit-Fest' Awards)
David Gledill - 'Phantom In The Cold War'
The Museum Shop

Once again there was a diverse range of cockpits and supporting displays on show and everyone who displayed at the event was a winner and a credit to this wonderfully diverse hobby. Below are this year's official results

Cockpit-Fest 2017 at Newark Air Museum. Grand Champion (Visitors Award) - Sea Hawk WV903, Steve Austin

Visitors Award Non-Cockpit - jointly awarded to Mainly Military Models & Women At War, Karen Wilson

Cockpiteers Cockpit Award - Canberra PR9 test-rig, Frank Millar

Cockpiteers Award Non-Cockpit - Panel & Avionics display, Mike Eskriett

Wrecks & Relics Spirit of Cockpit-Fest Award (Ken Ellis) - South Yorkshire Air Museum, cockpit display

Wrecks & Relics Spirit of Cockpit-Fest Award (Ken Ellis) - Canberra PR9 test-rig, Frank Millar

Ken Ellis Special Award - the former Cockpit-Fest Organiser, Bill O'Sullivan

We would like to add a special thank you to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for their excellent Spitfire and Hurricane flypasts.

We will be back with the 2017 event, which will take place on 23 & 24 June, 2018.

All photo credits: Howard Heeley, Down To Earth Promotions