Lightning F2A basking in the sun in front of the LPG QRA hangar hosing it two F6s
Here is a summary of the action and what was on show.
Raspberry Ripple Tornado GR1 being lovingly restored to full running order
This smart looking Gnat T1 is also under restoration to full running order
Graham Smith's Aero L-29 Delphin looks attractive in its Bulgarian Air Force training colours
Jet Provost resting after failure during its fast taxi-run at the start of the proceedings
Always a favourite Canberra WT333 being taxied by Dennis Brooks
HP Victor returning to its pan after a flawless performance
Jet Provost T5 returning from a blast down the runway
Jet Provost T4 also made a successful run with Ollie Suckling at the controls
Two Buccaneers returning together after their individual runs, Ollie Suckling and Dennis Brooks "driving"
The as yet unmarked FAA Hunter FGA9 is a welcome addition to the "running community" at Bruntingthorpe
Geoffrey Poole's beautiful Hunter T7, with brake chute doors open, returning to the head of the Bruntingthorpe runway
Lightning F6 XR728 with all up, down and out, with Dennis Brooks at the controls
Lovely visiting Auster
Foxbat, flown by Graham Elvis, about to depart for Otherton
Foxbat with friend Graham Wiley and piloted by Chris Bourn also about to depart for the same home.
The Vickers VC10 about to roll out is three refuelling baskets. Hard to see it is a model.
Superb model of Vulcan B2 XH558 taking off for its display.
Model XH558 about to touch down. Expertly and realistically flown.
Eye-catching Vampire F1 ready to roll
Vampire F1 high speed pass
Knife-edge pass concludes the Vampire F1 display
Easily the best looking large model was this Turkish Air Force North American F-100D Super Sabre, complete with simulated afterburner, only the long pitot tube missing otherwise almost indistinguishable from the real thing.
F-100D Super Sabre on a gear down pass, but problem is looming, note the angel of the nosewheel
Yes, it was not locked down and collapsed on touch down. Not too much damage though.
Bruntingthorpe's population of "operational" jet aircraft is increasing slowly and with some interesting types. The Gnat T1 in Red Arrows colours was evident on the flightline, the Tornado is also moving closer to is first trial run, the Sea Vixen has now been expertly repainted by Donna Harding (It will make a great companion for the Hunter FGA9 and the FAA Buccaneer) and the raspberry ripple Jaguar T1, which was in one of the bubble hangars. Much further away is the ex-Luftwaffe Lockheed F-104G Starfighter that is now owned by Geoffrey Poole, whose Hunter F7 look immaculate. He will need a General Electric J-79-GE-9 turbojet engine to get it moving under its own power.
With the new FAA regulations around displaying at and organising of airshows, Bruntingthorpe provides a unique environment for experiencing jets, small and large, at close hand and in all their noisy glory. Its popularity is evidenced by the increasing number of visitors and the necessity to extend the crowd line along the runway by a couple of hundred meters. More catering would also be a welcome addition. Still a great day out to meet pilots, volunteers and friends and make new ones.
Great job by the driver of the new Bendy Bus, David Walton, all aircraft owners, operators and volunteers and the Air Cadets.
Burbage 12 June 2016