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The last display of the season at Shuttleworth was billed as the Air Race day, and was to feature, strangely enough, a lot of planes used in air races. It would be the first time that we got to see the collections de Havilland DH.88 Comet and Percival Mew Gull in the air.
More photos: Shuttleworth Air Race Day, October 2014
A superb day out at Shuttleworth for the Air Pageant where I managed to get sunburned. The only downside was the fact they didn’t fly the DH88 Comet until 7, and we’d had to leave for the long drive home half an hour or so earlier. I’m mainly annoyed that they didn’t bother to tell us until the end of the main display that flying the Comet was only a possibility, given that they’d made a big thing about how it was displaying for the first time in many years. At least I know to take their advertised line-ups with a much larger pinch of salt than previously needed.
More photos: Shuttleworth Air Pageant – September 2014
For the first time in 50 years, there’s more than one Avro Lancaster flying in the UK. Vera, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Mueseum Lancaster is in the UK to fly with Thumper, the BBMF plane. We headed down to Wings & Wheels at Henstridge where they were scheduled to be doing a flypast at some point in the afternoon.
More photos: Avro Lancaster pair at Henstridge
I stuck the GoPro on top of the SLR to capture some video at the same time. You don’t realise quite how loud the shutter is on a 1D3 until you hear it on video.
Our first outing to Shuttleworth of the year, unfortunately our trip was cut slightly short due to the Sopwith Triplane making a somewhat unconventional landing which delayed the remainder of the display by an hour or so, at which point we headed home.
The pilot was unharmed, and the Triplane is repairable although won’t be flying again this year.
We had a quick trip down to Yeovilton yesterday to see the sole remaining airworthy de Havilland Sea Vixen doing some practice displays to get it’s display authorisation before the coming weekend. After a cup of possibly the worst coffee I’ve ever had the misfortune to drink we got to see it fly for 20 minutes or so, however it was very hazy, flying at quite a height, and we were shooting towards the sun so the photos were noting special.
More photos: de Havilland Sea Vixen – “Foxy Lady”
After it landed we went for a wander round the Fleet Air Arm Museum, my first visit for what must be 25 years or so. Plenty to look at, but a bit of a maze to walk around and keep your bearings.
More photos: Fleet Air Arm Museum – Yeovilton
Resisting the lure of another coffee, which wasn’t too difficult, we called it a day and headed home again.
Partly due to poor weather, and partly due to a re-jigging of the schedule of airshows at Old Warden, this was our first trip of the year. The weather for the display started out cloudy but dry, turned to rain for a while, then ended up in glorious sunshine.
Special guests for the day were the Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIX from the BBMF, and a recently repainted Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk from Hangar 11.
More photos: Shuttleworth June 2013
We arrived at Old Warden at our usual time of just before 11ish to find the place packed, and unfortunately foggy. However by the time the display started the fog had cleared, and there were a few patches of blue sky dotted around. The display was billed as partly as a Cold War era fast jet reunion, although the line-up was partly depleted due to the Golden Apple F-86 Sabre still lacking an engine. It was also the last display with Tony Haig-Thomas in charge of the collection, and so the banner pick-up which started off proceedings paid tribute to him.
More photos: Shuttleworth Autumn Air Display – October 2012
Only the second Shuttleworth display I’ve managed to see this year, but it was a special one. Currently on-loan from The Vintage Aviator Ltd are a few replica planes, and the RAF RE8 and Albatros DVa were due to make their public debut at the display, with the Sopwith Snipe on static display. Consequently when we arrived slightly earlier than normal at 10:30 it was already pretty busy.
We did the usual wander round the hangers and the static displays before settling down for the flying. The weather was a bit hit and miss, mostly cloudy, occasionally light showers, but the sun came out when it mattered. Highlights were the aforementioned RAF RE8 and Albatros DVa, and a superb display from the Hawker Hind and Demon pair.
More photos: Shuttleworth Pageant Air Show – September 2012
Our first visit to a Saturday evening display at Old Warden, a much more relaxed affair than the Sunday displays.
Some new work was taking place in the workshop
On loan from The Vintage Aviator Ltd are replicas of an RAF RE8
and somewhere still in hiding is a Albatros DVa, I believe all will eventually be heading for the RAF Museum at Hendon, the RE8 and Albatross will fly at Old Warden for a while beforehand though.
More photos: Shuttleworth August Evening Airshow, August 2012