SPROUGHTON: Private helipad and used aircraft dealer property
Note: All four of these pictures were obtained from Google Earth ©
Operated by: Everett Aero (Well worth a 'Google')
Location: Just SW of Sproughton village, 2.5nm W of Ipswich town centre
Period of operation: 1980s (?) to -
NOTES: I came across this whilst trawling around on Google Earth looking for somewhere else close by. But what on earth was going on here? Clearly not laid out as a museum. I do not as a general rule include private helipads, (there are far too many), but this clearly needed to be mentioned in this 'Guide'. So, I asked around.
Lo and behold I soon got an answer, but will keep the source a secret. It is of course a great account of value to this 'Guide' being devoted to aviation history.
"I visited here 30 years ago with a friend who ran an aircraft handling company at Southend airport and who wanted to buy some ground equipment, and invited me along. Have to tell you the story."
"On reaching Sproughton we drove in via the back entrance. On the driveway to the house we passed a Whirlwind, (My note: The Westland helicopter of course, not the WW2 fighter), then an open shed with a Robinson R22 and a Jet Provost. In the field opposite were several Harriers, Jet Provosts and Folland Gnats. Dick was waiting for us here, and he showed us into one of two tented hangars. Inside were several Gnats and a PA-28 at the back."
"He showed us the equipment and with the deal done he invited us back to the main house for tea. As we got to the house there were four Hawker Hunters sat on the lawn. We then went into the house only to find a gyrocopter in the corridor. It turned out that Dick made Everett Gyrocopters."
"He took us into the library room which was filled with ex-military gear ranging from fast jet helmets to all manner of aircraft models, and sat on the table was a Harrier tail. He then took us into the main room in which was a complete glider, surrounded by a collection of old motorbikes. Anyway Dick had noted that I had been looking closely at the Gyrocopter and invited us to see other examples."
"He took us further up the driveway and into an old school classroom which was full of gyros and a couple of old Russian aircraft. Through the windows I could see several wrecks of old aircraft and helicopters spread around amongst the trees. On the way back to the house he said he had more gyros all over the place, and another Jet Provost in the garage."
"What a place!"
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