Thursday, 28 August 2014

Cold War Jets Open Day 2 2014

Typical Bruntingthorpe Line-up
Sunday 24 August 2014 saw the second of two open days in the annual airshow calendar at the Cold War Jets Museum at Bruntingthorpe.
This show did not attract the same amount of visiting aircraft compared to the May event, but one notable "participant" was Neil McCarthy in the lovely Jet Provost T3 XM479. He arrived with a flyby and at the end of the afternoon performed another low flypast before returning home to Newcastle Airport.

As with previous blogs, I will let the pictures do the talking.

Visiting Aircraft

Auster AOP 7 YR297
Jet Provost T3 XM479 (G-BVEZ), flown by Neil McCarthy


The show was opened by three large scale flying models that looked very realistic indeed.

Avro Vulcan B2 XH558
Vickers VC-10  ZA147

English Electric Lightning F6 XS935
Blackburn Buccaneer S2B XW544
Blackburn Buccaneer S2B XX900

Blackburn Buccaneer S2B XX894

Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR2 XV226

Aero L-29 Delphin, piloted by Graham Smith, which will appear in Russian colours next year

English Electric Canberra WT333
Boeing 737 departing for the US via Shannon

Handley Page Victor K2 XM715

English Electric Lightning F6 XS904 with Dennis Brooks at the controls
English Electric Lightning F6 XR728 being piloted by John Ward

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire PR19 PS915 and Hawker Hurricane IIc PZ865

English Electric Lightning F6 XR728 in full afterburner

Vickers VC-10 ZD241 with Andy "Tonks" Townshend at the controls

Vickers VC-10  ZA147 meets its bigger brother ZD241

Jet Provost T3 XM479 (G-BVEZ), flown by Neil McCarthy, making its final pass on its way home

Following the VC-10 fast taxi, which was once again carried by Andy "Tonks" Townsend, our October speaker, Neil McCarthy departed and the Sea Vixen that had been parked on the flightline was towed onto the runway to perform an engine run.
De Havilland Sea Vixen FAW2 XJ494

Unfortunately the two attempts made resulted in the Avons what sounded like cutting out when the throttles were advanced beyond idle, a disappointing end for the team, who hope to have the aircraft ready to display next year alongside another new kid on the block a single-seat Royal Navy Hawker Hunter.   
A big thanks to Dave Walton, the organisers, Geoffrey Pool (the commentator) and all participating teams for yet another successful Cold War Jets Open Day.

28 August 2014
Theo Claassen

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