Shuttleworth Fly Navy – Old Warden – 4 June 2017

One of the country’s favourite airshow venues held its second ‘Fly Navy’ event following the highly successful 2016 debut, but suffered from worsening weather and cancellation of the Sea Vixen (see Duxford). Still, the Old Warden atmosphere shone through the gloom and the renowned intimate flying distances made for a great day’s entertainment.

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Duxford Air Festival – Sunday 28 May 2017

The first airshow of the year at IWM Duxford offered a very varied and full flying programme spanning from Great War to present day military machinery, with much in between. Undoubted highlight was the Rafale of the Armee de l’air which outshone the RAF’s Typhoon, though the latter is still a powerful routine. There was a distinct lack of warbirds for a Duxford show, but that made for a more varied event. The Sea Vixen had displayed on the Saturday but suffered a wheels-up landing back at base after a hydraulic failure, and the MiG-15 was scrubbed at the end of the show.

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Abingdon Air & Country Show – Dalton Barracks – 14 May 2017

The airshow at the former RAF airfield suffered a number of pre-event cancellations and periods of bad weather – despite being moved a couple of weeks further into the year in an attempt to avoid those incidents from which it had previously suffered.  As always though, Neil Porter and his small team delivered a highly entertaining program of flying and ground activities, with revised regulations necessitating a complete re-design of the public access and viewing areas. One of the Twister team experienced an engine failure resulting in a heavy emergency landing and injuries to the pilot, reported to be relatively minor. The following images hopefully illustrate a little of what was on offer to the visiting public.

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Little Gransden Air & Car Show – Beds, UK – 28 August 2016

Held at the lovely little airfield not far from Cambridge, the annual Little Gransden Air & Car Show raises welcome funds for the BBC’s Children in Need charity. The event suffered from changeable and sometimes extreme weather which caused a few scheduling issues, but as ever the public enjoyed a highly entertaining show which was well attended. A number of World War Two aircraft displayed as did various aerobatic, jet and training machines. Dennis Neville’s Flying Circus provided old ‘Barnstorming’ style antics – flying under a limbo pole, taking penalties against a goalkeeper and bursting balloons with their propellers. The Spitfire display which opened the show was dedicated to the late Terry Wogan.

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Essex Armed Forces Day & Military Festival – Orsett, Essex – 2 July 2016

Organised by the Essex Military Support Association charity, the event raised funds for the Soldier’s Charity and the Essex Air Ambulance. It featured Essex artist Stacey Solomon (former ‘Queen of the Jungle’ and X-Factor finalist) and fellow local singer Charlotte Meldrum, plus the Colchester Military Wives Choir, Portsmouth Action Field Gun Team, and dog and athletic displays. The RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire and Hurricane carried out flypasts over the parading troops, and bands added to the military content. It was a day of fun for all the family, as well as a chance to meet and say thanks to the armed forces.aDSC_1303-PhilWhalleyaDSC_1312-PhilWhalleybDSC_8159-PhilWhalleybDSC_8224-PhilWhalleybDSC_8234bDSC_9909-PhilWhalleycDSC_8321-PhilWhalleycDSC_8452dDSC_0046-PhilWhalleydDSC_8831dDSC_8932dDSC_8949-PhilWhalleydDSC_9073-PhilWhalleydDSC_9590-PWDSC_1425-PhilWhalleyDSC_1430-PhilWhalleyDSC_1575-PhilWhalleyDSC_8778-PhilWhalleyDSC_9168-PWDSC_9212-PhilWhalleyDSC_9228-PhilWhalleyDSC_9505-PWDSC_9506-PhilWhalleyeDSC_1365-PhilWhalleyeDSC_9142-PhilWhalleyeeDSC_1556-PhilWhalleyfDSC_1457-PhilWhalleyfDSC_1519fDSC_1529-PhilWhalleyfDSC_9685-PhilWhalleyfDSC_9706-PhilWhalleyfDSC_9726-PhilWhalleyfDSC_9752-PhilWhalleygDSC_8721-PhilWhalleyhDSC_1472-PhilWhalleyhDSC_9371rDSC_1572-PhilWhalleyrDSC_1581-PWrDSC_9827-PWrDSC_9830-PhilWhalleyyDSC_0108-PhilWhalleyyDSC_1635-PhilWhalley

Abingdon Air & Country Show – Dalton Barracks – 1 May 2016

The traditional opening airshow of the season at the former RAF airfield suffered a number of pre-event cancellations, but as always delivered a highly entertaining program of flying and ground activities. The unexpected highlights for many were the vintage helicopters, with the Westland Wasp in particular proving to be very agile and a type rarely seen displaying. The following images hopefully illustrate a little of what was on offer to the visiting public.

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