Intrepid Aviation

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Not to be confused with Intrepid Aviation (company).

Intrepid Aviation is an aviation museum based at North Weald Airfield in North Weald, Essex, England. It was founded by David Gilmour of the rock band Pink Floyd, to own and operate his collection of historic aircraft.

Formed by Brendan and Allison Walsh to manage and operate David Gilmour's rapidly expanding collection of vintage aircraft, The Intrepid Aviation Company went on to be a major player in the airshow business staging the Thurrock and North Weald airshows in addition to providing aircraft to perform at airshows around Europe during the 1990s. During this period Brendan Walsh formed the innovative 'Red Stars Race Team' that consisted of 10 Yak 52 Russian aircraft that staged spectacular pylon races at airshows in the UK. The Intrepid Aviation Company also supplied aircraft, pilots studio facilities and consultancy services to the film industry for over 80 productions including Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers. Following the closure of Intrepid Aviation, Brendan and Allison Walsh Moved to the Isle of Mull on Scotland's West Coast and operate the Glenforsa Hotel and Airfield. Gilmour sold the company after it became more and more commercial and less of a hobby:[1]

Intrepid Aviation was a way for me to make my hobby pay for itself a little bit, but gradually over a few years Intrepid Aviation became a business because you have to be businesslike about it. Suddenly I found instead of it being a hobby and me enjoying myself, it was a business, and so I sold it. I don't have Intrepid Aviation any more. I just have a nice old biplane that I pop up, wander around the skies in sometimes...


  1. ^ "Intrepid Aviation". Archived from the original on 2007-10-21. Retrieved 2007-12-05.