P-51B ‘Berlin Express’ Flies to UK from the States – IWM Duxford, Cambs – 4 July 2017

A North American P-51B Mustang fighter named ‘Berlin Express’ has flown from the US to Duxford tracing the route it flew in 1942; via Canada, Greenland, Iceland and Scotland. Many aircraft did the same as part of the build up of forces in wartime UK, usually in large groups. Some failed to complete the journey. ‘Berlin Express’ was accompanied by a Beech King Air. The P-51 it represents came to fame when reportedly flying UNDER the Eiffel Tower during a dogfight in 1944. Pilot Lee Lauderback made the 5470 mile flight so that the Mustang can take part in the Flying Legends airshow at the weekend and RIAT a week later, the first time this early mark of P-51 has flown in Europe since the war. Following its arrival at Duxford the long range tanks were removed in preparation for display practices.

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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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Flying Legends – IWM Duxford – 12 July 2015

The world renowned warbird-only airshow took place over the weekend of 11 and 12 July. Whilst the Saturday enjoyed good weather (as did Headcorn for its Battle of Britain show) the Sunday turned out very grim with frequent rain showers, making photography testing. The following is a selection of salvaged images from that day:

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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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RAFA Shoreham Airshow – 31 August 2014

The Shoreham Airshow raises funds for the RAF Association and 2014’s bumper crowd will have been highly beneficial to the charity. Many will have come to see the Canadian Lancaster which was sadly grounded with engine problems but the show delivered plenty to keep everyone happy. The customary Battle of Britain set-piece gave way to a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration with an enacted invasion of the airfield featuring two Dakotas (avoiding the ‘flak’) and a variety of fighters.

The following illustrates a selection of the variety on offer at this popular event:

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Little Gransden Air & Car Show – 24 August 2014

‘The Lancaster Effect’ ensured a sell-out crowd at Little Gransden, and a record attendance amounted to an amazing donation of nearly £64,000 to Children in Need and a further £12,000 to local childrens charities. Dave Poile (pictured at work during the show) and his hard working team put together another packed and eclectic flying program, but it was the appearance by the pair of Lancasters that will live longest in the memory.

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