IN REACH OF THE SKIES
FLYING LEGENDS 2014
WARBIRDS OVER THE BEACH 2015
DUXFORD D-DAY SHOW 2014
Duxford's 2014 May airshow was expanded into a two day event to commemmorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. We chose to go on the Sunday as the weather forecast was much better. Highlight of the show was five Dakotas on the flightline.
Attended this show on the Saturday which, after a gloomy start, turned into a perfect summer's day. The weather did keep some participants stuck in Europe but we had the debut of TFCs P-40C, Red Bull's B-25, the Breitling Super Constellation and the P-26 Peashooter crated in especially from America. With a formation of 11 Spitfires including four Mk Is it was a good show.
Headcorn or Combined Ops as it is more correctly called is a show that features a mixture of flying and military vehicles. The flying was a little sparse but helped by a couple of guest appearances from Eastbourne airshow. However, the purpose of my first ever visit was to catch the Battle of Britain Memorial flight which included the CWH Lancaster, on tour from Canada. You could here a pin drop on their first pass. Superb.
Not really an airshow, this was in fact the base family day. Furthermore I was not attending but only fence sitting but this was beacuse the BBMF were attending with the CWH Lancaster and when they turned up they had the Vulcan for company which made it a bit special.
Dunsfold Wings n' wheels show is one that has been on my list for a while and this year I went along mainly because the two Lancasters were in attendance. This did result in very long queues to get in, the gates being closed to the public in early afternoon and quite a delay in getting out, depending on which exit you used. The air display itself was good, the Lancasters being the highlight and there were one or two display firsts for me including the Jet Provost and Canberra.
This is the annual warbird show hosted by the Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach and was reached via Heathrow to Washington Dulles and a hop over to Norfolk. Despite the early forecasts we were blessed with glorious weather with temperatures in to the high 80s for both days. There were a good number of aircraft that I had not seen previously although the highlight was of course the only airworthy Mosquito currently on the show circuit. Well managed and easy to get in and out of although it was a little strange to find the aircraft did not perform over the flight line for the most part, which we believe is due to the close proximity of a main road.