|Agusta A-109 G-RSCU of the WNAA|
The visiting aircraft park was not as packed as it had been in previous years and that was down to the weather, but a few hardy pilots did make it, including a diesel powered visitor from the Netherlands. Here are some of them.
|Some of the Popham based Great War Display Team members departed for an arduous journey home|
The first main feature of the flying display was one this author has never witnessed before consisting of a Piper Pawnee 250, ex-crop duster, and a glider. This was the Glider FX Team and the accompanying pictures partially illustrate the glider performing a roll, whilst being towed. After several passes, the combination climbed to around 3000 feet where the glider was released for the pilot to give a master class in energy management, with loops, rolls and stall turns. My companion for the day had seen this class act before and told me beforehand what I could expect. It certainly was awe inspiring.
Carolyn Grace flew the Grace Spitfire and as we have become to expect it was an immaculate and flowing sequence of passes, however, because of the wind she appeared to keep the aircraft a bit higher and further away from the crowd line.
Carolyn's son Richard lead the TRIG aerobatic team in their blue and yellow Pitts Specials, a class act, we have seen at Sywell before.
As an act of remembrance, Leah Hammond flew her Auster AOP for a poppy drop, that despite her very best efforts, was, according to the commentator, not quite as planned, but the poppies were released in the right place, landing where a guard of honour was standing to attention. Nice touch, I thought, including couple to the minute silence that everyone, including the children, observed.
|Leah Hammond coming in for the poppy drop|
|Bückers Jungmeister from the Breighton stable|
|Also from Breighton the ever popular Bückers Bestmann|
|And a "Welsh" Bückers Jungmann|
Percival Mewgull and Travel Air Type R Mystery Ship represented the era of air racing and of course the former is a reminder of the famous flight to Cape Town by the late Alex Henshaw.
The Fighter Collection participated with their beautiful Gloster Gladiator, which was expertly displayed and made a very welcome addition to the show.
The Hardwick Fighters, led by Maurice Hammond in P-51D Mustang "Janie", arrived during the less windy conditions in the morning and in the afternoon put on a number of fly-byes as a pair, the other pilot, flying P-51D Mustang "Marinell", being Rob Davies.
One of the Gnat Display Team's Gnat T1s, in Red Arrows colour scheme, showed off its speed and agility against mostly dark and threatening skies.
The Breitling Wing Walkers with their orange Boeing Stearman aircraft performed their usual display of aerial aero- and acrobatics, much to the delight of the assembled crowd.
The locally based Blades Aerobatic Team, consisting of ex-Red Arrows pilots, put on a great display of aerobatic manoeuvres, again something we have come to expect from this highly professional team.
The Red Arrows were to close the show at 17:15, but following their display, another act turned up that should have arrived in the morning, Hangar 11's Peter Teichman in his Hurribomber BE505. He flew the display with his usual great panache.