BBC Children in Need's Pudsey Bear is a very accomplished flyer! This particular Pudsey is a very distinguished bear, having flown the Atlantic in the Canadian World War II Avro Lancaster Aircraft “Vera”. Now he's staying with the Cambridge Aero Club and is determined to do as much flying as he possibly can and in as many aeroplane types as possible!
Pudsey Bear takes to the air
On 14th November he will play an important part in raising money for the BBC’s Children in Need event.
Yesterday, he made his first flight in a civilian aircraft with Managing Director of the Cambridge Aero Club, Terry Holloway, in Sir Michael Marshall’s Rallye Minerva aircraft to Oxford and back.
Terry Holloway said: “He was a perfect passenger, a great navigator and was very pleased to meet lots of people at Oxford Airport and at Cambridge, who took great interest in him.”
During the next six weeks, Pudsey will be flying in a whole range of vintage aircraft, will be flying in a Cessna 172 of the Cambridge Aero Club watching people learning to fly and he will also take to the air in the Cambridge Aero Club’s Extra 200 aerobatic aeroplane for a really exciting “adventure flight”. This is a quite remarkable bear!
Cambridge Aero Club (www.cambridgeaeroclub.co.uk) which is owned by Marshall of Cambridge operates a training, and touring, fleet of modern and, particularly well equipped, Cessna 172 and 182 aircraft. The Aero Club also offers aerobatic training in an Extra 200 aircraft. Some of the Aero Club’s Instructors are former RAF test pilots employed by Marshall Aerospace & Defence Group. Formed in 1929, the Cambridge Aero Club is one of the oldest Flying Schools in the world and has a very wide customer base.
For further information contact:
TERRY HOLLOWAY. Group Support Executive
The Marshall Group of Companies, The Airport, Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8RX
Tel: 01223 373227 (Office)./ 07785 316763 (mobile) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 1909 as an automobile company in Cambridge, Marshall entered the aviation business in 1929. The Marshall Group, still a privately owned company, is chaired by Alex Dorrian CBE since Sir Michael Marshall moved to the role of President in October 2016. Robert Marshall, the fourth generation of the Marshall family, became Group Chief Executive in 2012.