Europe's biggest Aviation and Transport Fair to attract thousands of visitors to Manchester Airport this weekend

12th July 2012

Thousands of visitors are expected at Manchester Airports Runway Visitor Park this weekend to witness a unique gathering of planes, trains and automobiles, as the Hangar that houses the retired Concorde is transformed into a giant transport memorabilia and exhibition centre.

Now in its fourth year, the Manchester Airport Aviation and Transport Fair is one of the biggest of its kind in the world, with visitors expected from across the UK and as far afield as Holland, Switzerland, Germany and Dubai.

Aviation and transport enthusiasts, societies and traders will be selling all sorts of vintage memorabilia and collectibles including model aircraft, old posters, timetables, advertisements and steam engines in the hangar under the wings of the worlds most famous aeroplane, Concorde

One trader even specialises in airsickness bag with some (unused!) sick bags of airlines from years-gone-by, such as Laker Airways and Pan Am now considered collectors items, valued at anything from 5 to 10 each.

Other examples include: a first class cutlery set from Pan American Airlines valued at upwards of 50; a 1950s BOAC Cigar box worth 25; a Laker Airways Captains hat valued at 10 and oil paintings of Concordes last landing at Manchester signed by the Captain trading for around 150. One of the largest and most expensive items on offer is a spare Olympus engine from a Concorde with offers over 1 million likely to be considered from any willing buyers.

Exhibits on display inside the hangar will include six full-scale model railways depicting actual stations and villages in North West of England, alongside a giant Scalextric track, which will be available for visitors to race; and demonstrations of Air Navigation Radar equipment.

Outside the hangar, over 200 classic cars dating back to 1914 will be on display around the Runway Visitor Park, alongside special novelty shaped hot air balloons, a diesel train engine, vintage fire engines, busses and military vehicles which served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

For younger transport enthusiasts, the author of the children's story books Fergus and Friends, Steve Burnside, is attending the event, along with Fergus the tractor.

Members of the UK Cockpit Club will also be exhibiting their treasured aircraft flight decks which range from an RAF Tornado to an HS 748 aircraft built at Woodford Aerodrome. The former BAe Chief Test Pilot, Mr Robbie Robinson, will be reunited at the Fair with the aircraft he first flew on delivery to Trinidad and Tobago Airlines over 30 years ago.

Glenn Wheeler, Secretary of The Aviation Society (TAS), which organises the event in conjunction with Manchester Airport, said The Aviation and Transport Fair is a fantastic day out for the whole family, attracting visitors from far and wide. There is always a large queue on opening, with people on the lookout for rare items and memorabilia, particularly from airlines that are sadly no longer around. In addition to the more specialist side of things for collectors, this year we have more exhibits and exciting things for everyone to enjoy than ever before, regardless of whether you are a seasoned aviation enthusiast, or a first time visitor.

All of the Runway Visitor Parks permanent exhibits - including the iconic supersonic airliner Concorde, a retired RAF Nimrod, an Avro RJX; a DC-10; and a retro Trident airliner will also be open to the public for viewing. Visitors will also be able to watch aircraft landing and taking-off on Manchester Airports busy runways, with a live loud-speaker commentary provided by one of Manchesters Air Traffic Controllers.

Entry to the Concorde Hangar and Memorabilia Fair is 2.00, with free entry for children-under-14. Throughout the weekend money will be raised for local and national charities including: Help for Heroes, Child Flight and St Annes Hospice.

The Runway Visitor Park is located next to Manchester Airports runways, off Sunbank Lane in Altrincham, Greater Manchester just two minutes from Junction 6 of the M56 motorway.

The Manchester Airport Aviation and Transport Fair takes place this Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July 2012 at the Runway Visitor Park, Greater Manchester, with the Park open from 08:00 to 20:30.

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For further information contact and 0784 504 3273 or Manchester Airport press office on 0161 489 2700 and

Notes to editors:
The standard car parking costs at the Runway Visitor Park apply, at 3 an hour and a flat charge of 12 for coaches and for visits lasting over 3 hours. The Park is free for visitors who arrive on foot, by bicycle, or on public transport. A shuttle bus runs between the Park and the airports bus, coach and railway station.

Runway Visitor Park attraction recently gained official recognition as a tourist attraction by VisitEngland, the national tourist board, under the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS).

Published on: 12/07/2012 12:00:00