Cockpit-Fest 2018 proved to be another great event at the Newark Air Museum site in eastern Nottinghamshire. For the second year running the museum arranged for the Cockpit-Fest and Aeroboot display areas to be located alongside each other on the Southfield Site. With a better defined layout this year the event ran smoothly and seemed to draw many positive comments.
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) 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:
Grand Champion (Visitors Award) - Jet Provost T.4, XS176, Morayvia
Cockpiteers Cockpit Award - jointly awarded to Vampire T.11, XE921, Steve Austin and Hunter FGA.9, XE597, Robert Dunn/ Worcestershire Aviation Society
Cockpiteers Award Non-Cockpit - Women At War, Karen Wilson
Wrecks & Relics Spirit of Cockpit-Fest Award (Ken Ellis) - Starduster, G-BNNA, South Yorkshire Air Museum
Wrecks & Relics Spirit of Cockpit-Fest Award (Ken Ellis) - Lancaster S for Sugar project
Newark Air Museum Spirit of Cockpit-Fest Award - Shackleton AEW.2, WL756 'Mr Rusty', Gerard Prudon
We would like to add a special thank you to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for their excellent Spitfire flypasts on both days and to 301 (Bury St Edmunds) Squadron ATC Squadron for their car parking duties.
Cockpit-Fest will be back with a 2019 event, date to be confirmed.