Shuttleworth Air Pageant – September 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.

Gloster Gladiator
de Havillland DH88 Comet
Hawker Hunter T7
Gloster Gladiator pair
Gloster Gladiator
de Havilland DH.60 Moth
BBMF Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane
RAF BE2c pair
Hawker Sea Hurricane and Westland Lysander

More photos: Shuttleworth Air Pageant – September 2014

Avro Lancaster pair at Henstridge

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.

Avro Lancaster pair
Avro Lancaster pair
Avro Lancaster pair
Avro Lancaster pair
Avro Lancaster pair
Avro Lancaster pair

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.

Shuttleworth Military Pageant – June 2014

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.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia and Hawker Sea Hurricane 1B
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia
Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina
Sopwith Triplane

The pilot was unharmed, and the Triplane is repairable although won’t be flying again this year.

More photos: Shuttleworth Military Pageant – June 2014

Yeovilton and a Sea Vixen

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.

de Havilland Sea Vixen
de Havilland Sea Vixen

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.

Fleet Air Arm Museum
Fleet Air Arm Museum
Fleet Air Arm Museum

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.

Shuttleworth – June 2013

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.

Hawker Hind & Hawker Demon
Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk
Hawker Sea Hurricane 1b & Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk
Hawker Sea Hurricane 1b
Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk
Bristol F2b Fighter
Extra 330SC

More photos: Shuttleworth June 2013

Shuttleworth Autumn Airshow – October 2012

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.

Fairwell Tony
Red Gnat Team
Hawker Hind and Hawker Demon
Hunting Jet Provost
Percival Piston Provost

More photos: Shuttleworth Autumn Air Display – October 2012

Shuttleworth Pageant Air Show – September 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.

RAF RE8
Albatros DVa
Sopwith Snipe
Extra 330C
Bristol F2b Fighter
RAF RE8
Albatros DVa
RAF RE8
RAF RE8 and Albatros DVa
RAF RE8
Albatros DVa
Hawker Hind and Hawker Demon
Avro Tutor

More photos: Shuttleworth Pageant Air Show – September 2012

Shuttleworth August Evening Airshow 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

The de Havilland DH88 Comet is undergoing work, rumours are that it will be flying before the end of the season provided they can find someone daft enough to pilot it.
de Havilland DH88 Comet

The Grumman Wildcat is undergoing work, it’ll eventually appear painted up as a Grumman Martlet at some point in the future.
Grumman Wildcat

On loan from The Vintage Aviator Ltd are replicas of an RAF RE8
RAF RE8

a Sopwith Snipe
RAF RE8 and Sopwith Snipe

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.

Avro Tutor and de Havilland Chipmunk
Avro Tutor
Polikarpov PO2
Trig Aerobatic Team - Pitts Special S-1D
Hawker Hind and Hawker Demon
Hawker Hind

More photos: Shuttleworth August Evening Airshow, August 2012