Goodwood Festival of Speed – Sunday 26 June 2016

The final day of the Festival of Speed culminated in the prize giving and interviews, with a number of the invited drivers speaking to those members of the public that had held on to the end despite the weather. That included actor Keanu Reeves who had ridden an Arch motorcycle over the weekend – Arch being a company that he had co-founded. Olly Clark took top honours in the hill climb in the Subaru Impreza ‘Gobstopper II’.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed – Saturday 25 June 2016

Catching up with an event from the ‘summer’, the theme for this year’s Festival of Speed was ‘Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power’. Centred around a hill-climb through the estate, current and historic motor racing cars, bikes and drivers hurtled up the tight course which passes Goodwood House and the BMW central feature sculpture. The modern cars included Formula 1 teams and 2016 season drivers or test drivers, plus others from the more recent past. Also on show were the motoring industry’s latest models, from family hatch-backs to the fastest supercars – all looking for customers. Although the weather looked promising in the morning, it soon closed in to become overcast and wet.

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Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Flypast -Goodwood – 15 September 2015

On Battle of Britain Day 2015 a flypast of 33 aircraft took off from Goodwood Aerodrome to mark the 75th anniversary of that historic event. Wartime Hurricane and Spitfire pilot Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC, AFC, AE, who is 95, led the formation from the rear seat of a two seat Spitfire in the first group of four – ‘white section’. Tom was joined in the air by Cpl Alan Robinson and Nathan Forster, two wounded servicemen backed by the Spitfire Scholarship in partnership with The Royal Foundation’s Endeavour Fund, which Prince Harry launched in 2014, and who also attended. Prince Harry was due to also be a passenger in a two-seat Spitfire but unfortunately was unable to do so due to a technical issue with one of the aircraft.

Over 30,000 people attended the event inside the airfield with many thousands more viewing from the surrounding hillsides and on the routes taken as the sections (detailed below) ‘patrolled’ various locations around the south of England with historical links to the battle.

Most of the aircraft taking part in the flypast were already on the aerodrome having taken part in the weekend’s Goodwood Revival (see Goodwood Revival), with the remainder arriving in the morning.

The participating aircraft were:

White P7350, SM520, PV202, AB910

Red MK356, PZ865, LF363, TE311

Green R4118, PL965

Blue TD248, MV268, JT-10

Orange X4650, ML407, PP972

Yellow L6739, MH434, P7308, EP120

Purple TD314, N3200, BM597, P3700

Pink SX336 (should also have had RR232 but this aborted its take-off)

Brown TA805, P2921, TE184

Black AG224, 3W-17, MT928

RR232 did manage to take off at the back, and P-51 Mustang KH774 also followed as camera-ship

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The Goodwood Revival – The Flying – 11-13 September 2015

In a long overdue catch-up from this wonderful event, the below is a collection of images from the flying sequences during the Goodwood Revival, plus a couple of other movements, and passenger flights by the Boultbee Academy’s two-seat Spitfires. The weather was mixed over the three days, and was sadly at its worst for the finale – the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Due to the layout of the location no displays take place as such, more a number of flypasts as the aircraft make wide circuits before dipping down towards the runway in front of the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation enclosure.

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The Goodwood Revival – September 2014 – The Flying Displays

Low in quantity, extremely high in quality, is the usual shape of the flying aspect at the Revival and 2014 was very special indeed. Midair Squadron debuted a three-ship of classic jets, but perhaps most will remember the pair of Lancasters in years to come – especially those that attended on the Saturday. A technical issue kept them on the ground until late in the day, finally displaying in front of a setting sun. The Midair team had been displaying as a pair – Canberra XH134 and Hunter XL577 – with the plan being to add their second Hunter – XL600 – sometime during 2014. With XL600 not being ready for the Revival, Midair leased T.7 XL573 from Classic Jets of St. Athan and went to the extent of spraying it to match their other aircraft especially for their appearances at Goodwood. The borrowed Hunter was returned shortly afterwards and work continues towards getting XL600 airworthy and into the team as soon as possible.

The OFMC pair carried out a planned sunset display, amongst other warbird slots over the weekend.

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The Goodwood Revival – September 2014 – Freddie March Spirit of Aviation

The Goodwood Revival took place at the historic airfield and racing circuit over the three days 12th to the 14th September 2014. The Revival is a unique and very special event, with so many aspects worthy of their own photo-reports. First, here, is the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation Exhibition presented by Eve.

Amongst the selection of thirty lovely machines a beautiful Cessna 195 Business Liner owned by Dirk Sadlowski was named the winner of the concours d’elegance competition. The 1949 aircraft, which was the first to be produced by Cessna in all-aluminium form, came out on top as a panel of expert judges, which included TV presenter and keen aviator Carol Vorderman, political correspondent John Sergeant, pioneering Formula 1 and road-car designer Gordon Murray, Mike Davis, managing director of Midair, aviator Tracey Curtis-Taylor, Eve managing director Nigel Quinn, British Airways’ director of flight operations Stephen Riley and Pilot Magazine’s flight test editor Dave Unwin.

Second place went to an example of the last biplane to be used by the RAF, a 1939 Gloster Gladiator owned by Stephen Grey, while third spot was taken by a 1945 de Havilland DH89a Rapide.

The most famous of the other aircraft in the display was Rob Hield’s 1960 Hiller UH-12E4, the helicopter flown by Pussy Galore in the James Bond film ‘Goldfinger’ and also used by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in film ‘VIPs’.

Also present were a 1942 Douglas C-47 Dakota, an example of one of the 2000-strong group of aircraft that was used by the RAF, a Spitfire from Biggin Hill, an American Aeronca TA Champ and a 1960s Czech Morovan-Zlin Z326 which braved a 10-hour journey to make it to the Revival.

The area also offers a more ‘chilled’ zone for the public to picnic and generally enjoy the atmosphere away from the more packed and busy environment elsewhere at the event.

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