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 – 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.┬áThe 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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