Spitfire Heritage Trust

Help us to save Perranporth Aerodrome: the last remaining intact Spitfire Airfield in Britain & carry the Spitfire story forward.
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David Evans
Environment
Perranporth
United Kingdom
1 Team Member

                             http://www.spitfireheritagetrust.com/

Perranporth Airfield was awarded National Heritage status in 2000 with two areas of the airfield protected as Scheduled Monuments by “English Heritage”.  

But it is still critically at risk:  The entire airfield is up for sale and in immediate danger of being sold off in parcels.  We need to keep the airfield intact. With your help the Spitfire Heritage Trust will secure Perranporth airfield and bring it back to life  for “General Aviation” and as  “living museum” for Spitfires.

We are already almost half way to the  £1,650,000 needed for an outright purchase. Our friends and supporters have risen to the challenge with pledges and loans.  If we can raise the remainder the airfield will be saved forever. 

The landscape survives virtually as it was during World War II  making it, visually, a uniquely valuable heritage site.  The airfield stands  on the high cliffs of the Atlantic Ocean in an area of outstanding natural beauty with a glorious wildlife habitat and stunning coastal walks.  A small, friendly flying club and flying school operates from the site used by the local community and popular with visitors. These  are at risk too. 

The protected areas include very rare fighter pens, an underground battle headquarters and air-raid shelters along with pillboxes,  anti-aircraft defences and the  footings of associated buildings. The three and a half  miles of   perimeter track are also scheduled along with fighter dispersals. Although scheduled:  these all need to be conserved and made available for people to visit.

We all understand how important it is to preserve iconic items for the future. Restoration of vintage aircraft is very well supported and we believe that preserving the environment in which they operated is just as important.  Surprisingly: the environment is at far greater risk of being fragmented and lost.

It’s very necessary  that we should carry the  Spitfire “story” forwards because the telling of stories (and myths)  are the foundations of culture: the “glue” that binds societies together and connects us with our shared history.  The Spitfire is entering the realm of folklore and is on the cusp of something new.  So we plan to do something fresh, innovative and exciting with the airfield: not just preserve it in aspic.

In stages; 

  • we want to restore the airfield to its original condition, 
  • to  preserve the authentic environment 
  • to see it used again by Spitfires

TO CREATE A UNIQUE "LIVING MUSEUM”. 

The Trust runs projects that bring people together through an interest in the Spitfire.  When recently we parked a replica Spitfires in one of the fighter pens  the effect was electrifying;  illustrating the potential and the ease of dressing part of the airfield as it would have been in its heyday. 

The folk behind  the Trust are historians, pilots, teachers, and enthusiasts – all  volunteers of a non-profit organization  trying to find a way to save this  fabulous place for future generations. 

So this is where you could make a real difference:

·  If you make a donation this would be wonderful

·  If you visit and “Like” our facebook 

·  Share the campaign with your friends

PLEASE  HELP US TO SAVE THE  SPITFIRE AIRFIELD AND 

PROMOTE THE SPITFIRE STORY.

This IndieGoGo account is linked directly to the Spitfire Heritage Trust’s bank account and all the funds will go directly there.


More details about the campaign and a link to our Facebook page can be found on  www.spitfireheritagetrust.com


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  • £25GBP
    Sponsor's pin badge

    An exclusive sponsor's hand cast 22 carat gold-plated Pin Badge sculpted by artizan Mark Stickells.

    15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • £50GBP
    Heritage Trust Mug

    A handsome, quality tea mug decorated with the Spitfire Heritage Trust logo.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • £75GBP
    Baseball cap

    A stylish baseball cap emblazoned with the Spitfire Heritage Trust logo.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • £100GBP
    Photographic History

    A signed copy of “Spitfire - A Photographic Biography” by Dilip Sarkar, MBE, FRHistS the pre-eminent Spitfire Historian and our friend and advisor.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • £200GBP
    Choice of Spitfire Books

    A choice from a list of 35 books on the Spitfire signed by the author Dilip Sarkar MBE, FRHistS and a hand cast, Spitfire Heritage Trust gold-plated Pin Badge.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • £300GBP
    Books Named brick

    A choice of autographed books by Dilip Sakar. A hand cast, Spitfire Heritage Trust gold-plated Pin Badge. A brick with a name nominated by you cast into it to be placed at one of of the fighter dispersals for posterity.

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • £500GBP
    A comemorative tile

    A choice of autographed books by Dilip Sakar and a commemorative tile with a name nominated by you to be placed in the Wall of Honour in celebration of someone special. OR Your own name on a tile in the Wall of Sponsors.

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    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • £1,000GBP
    Warrant to wear Brevet

    A Warrant permitting you to wear the embroidered Pilot's Wings of the Spitfire Heritage Trust. A commemorative tile inscribed as you wish to be placed at a location of your choice.

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    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • £10,000GBP
    Founding Sponsor

    The accolade " Founding Sponsor" . VIP provision for your visits at functions and events. A heritage installation (eg. air raid shelter or defence post) named by you.

    0 out of 24 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • £25,000GBP
    Founding Patron

    The accolade "Founding Patron" with privileges including the hosting of the functions and events of the Spitfire heritage Trust. The naming of one of the major features of the airfield.

    0 out of 24 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • £50,000GBP
    Honorary Commodore

    The accolade and privileges of "Honorary Commodore of the Spitfire Heritage Trust" to be conferred with due ceremony at a special event.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2014
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