The show at Little Gransden is one of the friendliest events on the calendar and has raised large amounts for the Children in Need charity, yet sadly has suffered very unfairly to the weather. This year’s event was no exception, even to the extent of a risk of cancellation. Thankfully it did go ahead, and the efforts put in by the organisers and display director produced one of the highlights of the 2013 season.
Airfield owner Mark Jefferies flew his usual incredible display in his Extra:
New girl on the aerobatic scene Lauren Richardson impressed in her Pitts:
One of the most bizarre and original display acts for many years was the pairing of Chris Burkett in the G-Force Extra flying formation aerobatics with a 40% scale radio controlled version:
Guy Westgate illustrated that an engine isn’t required to perform high energy aerobatics:
The Twisters are always a highlight:
Warbirds included the return of the Rolls Royce Spitfire after its gear retraction accident:
Examples of some of the other displays:
The arrival of Vulcan XH558 had everyone on their feet, and didn’t fail to impress at this small venue:
A surprise display item and an unusually spritely performer was this Pilatus PC-12:
Perhaps the most poignant moment of the day was the dedication of the Lancaster display to Ron Needle who was a rear gunner with 106 Squadron:
The weather just about held during the day, offering some blue sky but also threatened rain at times. The afternoon ended with some impressive dark clouds, but everyone managed to get away safely having enjoyed a great show.