CNN News Films at Sywell
INTERNATIONAL news channel CNN was at Sywell Aerodrome yesterday to film its aerobatic team in action.
The crew was filming footage for its programme CNN Business Traveller, which reports on travelling for business and is broadcast to more than 90 million homes and 890,000 hotel rooms.
They shot Sywell's display team The Blades, which will be among the aircraft taking part in Music in Flight, a spectacular airshow performed to live music taking place at Sywell in July.
Programme presenter Richard Quest said: "Music in Flight is such a unique event so we're here to film for a piece at the start of the programme and for a feature at the end of the programme."
Around 1,000 tickets have already been sold for Music in Flight, which takes place on July 21, and organisers hope to attract 5,000 people to the event.
Northamptonshire Aero Club, founded by the brothers Jack and Geoff Linnell opened Sywell in 1928. Sywell airport played a key role in the Royal Air Force and the RAF Volunteer Reserve flying training from the mid 1930s. following the establishment of a large flying school by Brooklands Aviation. During the Second World War saw an expansion of flying training, repairs to 1,841 of the RAF's Wellington bombers and completion and flight testing of some 260 Lancaster Mk 2 four engined bombers. By the 1960s Sywell returned to a civilian aerodrome with Club and private flying, and passenger services operated to the Channel Islands. Many light aviation events, including the Flying Association's Annual Rally, were held at Sywell in the last 25 years. Flying continues to thrive at Sywell, with light aircraft, microlight training and maintenance available together with hangarage for privately owned aircraft.