Museum Events

Cockpit-Fest 2019 Thank You

We have now come to the end of another great Cockpit-Fest and Aeroboot event, the twentieth one, which in its new layout was really well attended by many different people and groups.

On behalf of the museum trustees we would like to send out very big thank you the following: all the Cockpiteers and Exhibitors their friends and families; the Aeroboot stall holders; the museum staff & volunteers busy working away in the two cafés, shop & all around the site /grounds; the dedicated team of aircraft openers and volunteers who helped during the build-up, during and after the event.

A special mention also goes out to the staff & cadets from 301 (Bury St Edmunds) Squadron, ATC who provided excellent service on car parking duty both days – you are a credit to the ATC & your families; well done! Plus to the BBMF for their three excellent flypasts.

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

Jane Knox-Kiepura & Kiepura Aviation

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) – Lynx AH.7 – XZ220, Andy Rawden

Visitors Award Non-Cockpit – Mainly Military Models display

Cockpiteers Cockpit Award – Lynx AH.7 – XZ220, Andy Rawden

Cockpiteers Award Non-Cockpit – Jet Provost and BAC167 Strikemaster cockpit panels display, Alana Cordran

Wrecks & Relics Spirit of Cockpit-Fest Award (Ken Ellis) – Buccaneer S.2B – XW550, The Buccaneer Aviation Group

Wrecks & Relics Spirit of Cockpit-Fest Award (Ken Ellis) – Venom FB.1 – WK393, Tony Collins

Wrecks & Relics Spirit of Cockpit-Fest Award (Ken Ellis) – Wyvern cockpit rig, Rob & Dan Carter

Newark Air Museum Cockpit-Fest Long Service Award (attended all 20 events) – Tony Dyer

Newark Air Museum Cockpit-Fest Long Service Award (attended all 20 events) – Naylan Moore

Cockpit-Fest will be back next year with an International event, on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st June, 2020

The Visitor Voting Prize Draw Winners will be notified later today and a gallery will be added shortly.

Cockpits & Cockpit Rigs

Lightning F.6 – XS932 & display
Harrier GR.3 – XV810
Jet Provost T.4 – XS181
Buccaneer S.2B – XW550*
Phantom F.4 – XV490***
Lightning F.6 – XR757***
Lightning F.6 – XS922
Hunter FGA.9 – XE597
Canberra PR.9 test rig***
Buccaneer S.2B – XX899***
Sea Hawk FGA.6 – WV903
Shackleton AEW.2 – WL756
Hunter F.1 – WT684
Venom FB.1 – WK393*
Lightning F.6 – XR754
Lynx AH.7 – XZ220
P51D Mustang** – 44-11175 / 44-14134 
Jet Provost T.5 – G-BYED 
Bristol Brigand B.1 cockpit rig (Sat only)
Wyvern cockpit rig (Sun only)
Tempest Mk.V – SN280
Tiger Moth cockpit


1 * These cockpits are totally new to the event.
2 ** A cockpit rig is a term used to describe a cockpit either without its shell, or fitted with an alternative shell. These are used to good effect when original materials are not available.
3*** A cockpit that is resident at the museum


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