This show was always going to be remembered for the public display debut of ARCo’s Bristol Blenheim Mk.IF, but it offered a great deal more, with HAC’s Hawker Fury also debuting, and a number of other new schemes and rarely seen aircraft – such as HAC’s Hurricane in Polish Sqn. colours, the beautiful ‘Mystery Ship’, Norwegian Spitfire Foundation’s Mustang ‘The Shark’ (previously a regular at UK airshows as ‘Old Crow’), and for many a final chance to see a Sea King display before the type is retired from service. Ground events focused on the VE Day theme, with visitors encouraged to join in with the celebrations. Sadly the weather remained overcast for most of the day, just about breaking for the final acts of a highly original and enjoyable flying programme.
Southend United celebrated promotion to League One with an open top bus parade through the town and along the seafront today. The team beat Wycombe Wanderers after a penalty shootout at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 23 May to secure promotion. The players displayed the winning trophy, whilst fans lined the route.
Having suffered a number of pre-show cancellations, the show was also unfairly hit by the weather with a number of heavy downpours during the day adding to the blustery wind. The organisers however did manage to chop and change to serve up a very enjoyable show – as ever making great contributions to charities such as the featured Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance. The event saw the debut of the RAF’s 75th anniversary Battle of Britain pairing of Typhoon and Spitfire, which appeared just after one of the worst periods of the day’s rain and which could so easily have been added to the cancellations. The images below cover some of the highlights of the show and also illustrate some of the added attractions at the event, plus some ‘arrivals’ on the Saturday, a day which ended with a night shoot: