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FLYING LEGENDS 2015

HERNE BAY 2015

WOBURN MOTH RALLY 2015

BIGGIN 75

GOODWOOD SPITFIRE EVENT 2015

There was a great line up for Legends 2015 and the day was really only spoiled by the return of the infamous Bernard on commentary. He really did not shut up once in over three hours which is a shame to say the least. Anyway, for the Saturday we attended the weather was great, as was the flying. We had the welcome return of the Blenheim, now in MKI guise, 14 Spitfires on the flightline, the Red Bulls B-25 and P-38 and a DB engined 109 from Germany.

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This was the first time that I had attended Herne Bay Air Show and, apart from some cretins who felt they had a right to a view, it was an enjoyable day. Held on the sea front it is a free event and we were blessed with good weather. The main reason for attending was a final chance to catch the Vulcan display and it didn't disappoint.

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The Moth Rally at Woburn Abbey is one of those events that I have read about over the years but never really considered going to until a good friend suggested it this year. And I'm glad we went. The weather certainly helped as we had a perfect summer's day and as a result the relaxed atmosphere and gentle flying displays went down very well and made a pleasant change.

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Not strictly an air show, Biggn 75 was an event held at Biggin Hill to mark the 75th anniversary of the 'hardest day' in the Battle of Britain, which was 18th August 1940. A large gathering of Spitfires and Hurricanes was organised and we were able to watch at close quarters as they taxied out and then took off before forming in to three flights which headed off to patrol different sectors of South East England. They then returned and displayed before landing and parking up on an accessible flightline. All in all a great experience.

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Goodwood Spitfire event was not an air show as such but was the gathering point for over 30 Spitfires and Hurricanes that took off to mark the 75th anniversary of Battle of Britain day on 15th September 2015 by flying in several groups over much of South East England which of course bore the brunt of the battle in 1940. The Blenheim MkI also featured and a number of aircraft displayed over the airfield.

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