Returning to the theme of unusual aeroplanes in off-the-beaten-track locations, a recent week's work in Belgrade provided the opportunity to visit the Aeronautical Museum Belgrade, which proved to be a real treasure trove. It appears that the museum is struggling for funds and this is apparent by the general decay of the external exhibits and infrastructure (beware of tripping on broken steps!), but the aeroplanes preserved here demonstrate both the rich aeronautical heritage of the Balkan region and evidence of the turbulent times experienced since the break up of the former Yugoslavia.
Fordaire Aviation of Seething is Finest Hour’s key engineering partner. Fordaire is run by Rex Ford, who has maintained CAP10B G-BXFE for many years, is nearing completion of the restoration of our second CAP10, co-owns the Percival Q6 with us and will soon embark on the restoration of our Tiger Moth, G-ADGT. Rex has spent his life in aviation but his family’s aviation history goes back further. Specifically, his father, Flying Officer John Ford DFC was a wartime pilot who became a VIP and airline pilot during the early post-war years.