|Avro 696 Shackleton MR2 WR693 taxies out from her parking position on the flight line|
|Vulcan flyers relate their stories,|
The Classic Air Force was represented with many airframes, some airworthy, some less so and there was plenty opportunity to take a "discounted" flight in either the Proctor or the Dove, though the former was fully booked very early in the day. Both aircraft flew non-stopped between the various displays.
Here are a few pictures of what was on show on the ground.
|Gloster Meteor T7, should have flown but was grounded with a fault|
|English Electric Canberra B2 Record Breaker, not likely to fly again|
|Miles Gemini, seen flying in the July Air Pageant|
|De Havilland Venom, one of two airworthy airframes.|
|Ex-Swiss Air Force Vampire T-55|
|Douglas DC-6B G-APSA|
|One of a trio of Jet Provosts|
|Second ot a trio of Jet Provosts|
|Third of a trio of Jet Provosts|
|C-47 Dakota G-AMRA|
|C-47 Dakota G-ANAF|
|Gloster Meteor T7 - Note the rather complex rudder/elevator arrangement|
|Dan Griffith piloted Gloster Meteor NF11, his favourite aircraft and took Tim Skeet for a check ride during the morning. Here he can be seen ensuring that Tim has been strapped in correctly.|
|Percival Proctor - Had a busy day performing pleasure flights|
|The De Havilland Dove was no less busy, eager passengers forming a long queue for the experience|
|The flying for the day was opened by this beautiful 1937 built De Havilland DH-87B Hornet Moth.|
|John Corley start the De Havilland Venom's Ghost engine and she becomes a fire-breathing dragon|
|Dan Griffith lead John Corley in a number of close formation passes|
|One of several great topside passes by the Meteor NF11|
|The Venom was also displayed with great panache|
|Dan Griffith returns to the flightline at the end of his display|
|And so does John Corley|
|XH558 completed her first pass over the Baginton runway|
|Topside pass? This is not something the Vulcan is very good at, much better at pulling the crowds|
|Bomb doors open in this pass, but no undercarriage down pass.|
Only twice was the roar of the Olympus engines heard, ones when the aircraft arrived over the runway, the second on its final pass when it climbed out for its departure back to base at the conclusion of her display at Coventry Airport.
The atmosphere in the crowd during her display was one of strong emotions and, to use a cliché, "not a dry eye in the house", including mine. Having joined the supporting club back in 1993, shortly after XH558 was delivered to Bruntingthorpe, there have been many great moments, many pennies invested to keep this lady flying and many friends made, most of whom were present on this memorable day in September 2015. I am proud to have been associated with this beautiful lady and with my name printed somewhere on her bomb bay doors that association lives on together with many others, whose names are also displayed on those same bomb bay doors.
Just a couple more opportunities now to see XH558, Gaydon (4 October) and somewhere along its southern route over the weekend of 10/11 October 2015.
21 September 2015