Flying Legends Duxford. Saturday 8th July 2017. Report and photographs by Paul Kendall.
Myself together with fellow Society members Bob Hickox and Brian Service attended the event. The usual mixture of Warbirds were there. Glorious sunny weather ensured a full display. Highlights for me were nine Spitfires flying together and the formation of four Hurricanes. Another highlight for me was seeing the dH Comet, G-ACSS flying. This was the first Airfix model I built nearly sixty years ago! Mustang Berlin Express N-515ZB had a mishap during the flying display. It lost its canopy slightly damaging its tail plain. Pilot landed safely. Don’t know where the canopy ended up!
As a postscript on the Sunday of the display Mustang Miss Velma G-TFSI made a forced landing in a field adjacent to the airfield. Pilot walked away. See link below.
Flying Legends Display.
Flying Legends Flight Line.
Society Trip to Duxford 25th May 2017. Report by Paul Kendall. Photos John Roach, John Osborne and Paul Kendall.
A group of us from the Society set off from Ruislip just before 9.30 on a lovely sunny morning. We arrived at Duxford at 11.00
There was not a great deal of flying. The highlights were Bronco in GAF colours 99 18. This gave three spirited displays during the day. Sea Vixen XP 924 did two flypasess which, unfortunately I missed. I was in one of the halls at the time! The highlight for me was the arrival of USAF Osprey 0068 which arrived just before our planned departure. The Osprey parked in a good position for photographs.
We left Duxford just after four arrived back at Ruislip just before six. A very enjoyable day. Thanks to John Roach for his organisation and his driving.
ps Sea Vixen on the Saturday after our visit had a hydraulic problem after display at Duxford. It did a wheels up landing at Yeovilton. Pilot unhurt but I do no know how much damage was done.
The Abingdon Air and Country Show helped on Sunday 14th May. Report and photos by Brian Jones.
The show was well attended in variable weather conditions. An eclectic mix of aircraft were to be seen in static displays and in the air. The event was marred by the crash of Silence Twister G-JINX and the later forced landing of an aircraft from the WW1 aerial display team, both of which resulted in temporary suspension of the flying programme. Supporting displays on the ground included military vehicles, classic cars, traction engines, radio controlled tanks and jet aircraft, with a wide variety of stalls and shows. Departing from the site, however, provided the grim spectacle of motorists locked in combat while trying to access the two exits, which resulted in departure delays of up to an hour.
Old Warden Airshow 7th May. Photos by John Roach.