Saturday 2nd October 2021
Time: 18:30 to midnight
Venue: IWM Duxford Airspace Hangar
Our first ever black tie gala event has been moved to Saturday 2nd October 2021 due to coronavirus restrictions.
The Black Tie Gala is the first event of its kind for the project to support the restoration of the world’s only genuine WWII combat veteran Hawker Typhoon MkIb, RB396.
All the same fantastic elements to look forward to plus more exciting lots up for grabs in the auction.
On arrival guests will be greeted by the unmistakable sound of a Merlin engine with a private Spitfire display from our partners the Aircraft Restoration Company.
Inside the transformed Airspace hangar an unforgettable evening awaits with a champagne reception next to the Lancaster bomber where the trustees will welcome V.I.Ps and guests.
A four course gourmet meal will be presented at dressed tables under the wings of Concorde, while guests enjoy live music and presentations from distinguished guest speakers.
Everyone is then invited to participate in a live auction, where exclusive and prestigious lots will be showcased.
Finally, live music from the Bluebird Belles will serenade everyone on the dance floor before carriages arrive at midnight.
Remember with us the final flight of RB396 75 years ago, the pilots, ground crews and squadrons.
Enjoy great company, making new friends and partnerships in support of the project.
Become immersed in the spectacular surroundings of the Airspace hangar with iconic aviation legends.
Participate in the silent and live auction with an opportunity to bid for exclusive items.
All proceeds raised during the course of the event will directly support the continuing rebuild effort.
We are pleased to announce that world renowned figure in aviation, and patron to the project Air Chief Marshal (Ret) Cliff Spink CB, CBE, FCIM, FRAeS, will be joining us as a distinguished guest at our Black Tie Gala.
Also joining us for this evening is project Ambassador and three time Red Bull Air Race champion, Paul Bonhomme. As a pilot for the Aircraft Restoration Company he has a huge amount of experience on vintage aircraft and is Red Bull Air Race’s most successful pilot.
We have partnered with Charity Fundraising Auctions for the event, to bring you a top class auction, some excellent lots and a great experience. They are also supporting us for the event, by providing their equipment free of charge, so that we can maximise the returns for the project.
During the gala you will have the opportunity to participate in two auctions. Throughout the evening the team from Charity Fundraising Auctions will be running a silent auction where you will be able to bid for some fantastic items using the iPads provided on tables. Later in the evening we have lined up a professional auctioneer to conduct a live auction on the main items of the evening.
Some lots already confirmed are:
A signed and framed limited edition print donated by Aces High Gallery.
A special edition 1:24 scale Hawker Typhoon model complete with veteran signatures built by resident master modeller, Richard Spreckley.
A Lancaster interior tour or Mosquito experience day, courtesy of the Lincolnshire Heritage Aviation Centre.
The Tiger Moth Flight Experience with the Cambridge Flying Group will allow you to see beautiful Cambridgeshire from the cockpit of the training aircraft that so many RAF pilots took their first flights in.
We have teamed up with Aviation Heritage Spirits who have designed a bespoke RB396 limited edition aviation-themed collectors’ gin bottle containing an artisan gin.
The product can be pre-ordered by visiting the Facebook page here.
Aero Craft Panels are creating an exciting one-off piece RB396 wall drinks cabinet containing material from RB396 exclusively for the Gala auction.
We have many more of the unique auction lots to bring you over the coming weeks, as this continues to develop into a truly stunning event.
If you are able to assist in any way with the donation of an auction lot, or lots, for the event then please get in touch with the event coordinator.
To date they have repaired or restored over 35 different aircraft, some of which have been used in the filming of several well-known films and television programmes including Memphis Belle, Dunkirk, Guy Martin’s Spitfire, Top Gear and Ewan McGregor’s ‘The Battle of Britain’ and ‘Bomber Boys’. ARCo is internationally recognised as a leader in aircraft restoration so it is great to know that RB396 is truly in safe hands with John Romain overseeing her restoration.
Based on the Isle of Wight at Sandown Airport, Airframe Assemblies are world renown for their vintage aircraft frames and metal work. The main fuselage of RB396 is currently with the company who have started the restoration process.
One of our supporting companies is RSC Watches. They designed a limited edition RB396 watch which can be bought through our webshop.
Tickets go on sale in Spring 2021. This was a popular event this year with exclusive early release discounted Supporters’ Club tickets selling out within the hour. Look out for ticket release updates to secure yours before they sell out.