Goodwood Revival 2017

While primarily a motorsport event, the incredible transformation and step back in time that is Goodwood Revival also includes a great deal of aviation content. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/37137701535/in/dateposted-public/ Now a key part of any Revival year, The Freddie March Spirit of Aviation, celebrated its 10th year in 2017. This concourse competition has seen a wide range of … Continue reading Goodwood Revival 2017

Hawker Biplane Family Part 2 – Airworthy Survivors

Following on from my recent post featuring the ongoing development of the forerunner to the Hawker Hurricane. I wanted to feature the airworthy surviving Hawker biplanes that we are lucky enough to have as part of the airshow circuit here in the UK. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/36089099345/in/dateposted-public/ Hawker Fury K5674/G-CBZP https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/37713187196/in/dateposted-public/ The quite literal shining light of the … Continue reading Hawker Biplane Family Part 2 – Airworthy Survivors

Shuttleworth Collection Heritage Day – 3rd September 2017

Traditionally the "Shuttleworth Pageant" slot for the year, 2017 saw a spacial "Heritage Day" event to tie in with 175 years of Clayton and Shuttleworth. The company produced agricultural equipment for many years and even built a number of Sopwith aircraft during the First World War. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/37016415213/in/dateposted-public/ On the ground there was plenty to see, … Continue reading Shuttleworth Collection Heritage Day – 3rd September 2017

Gloster F.5/34 – What Might Have Been

As well as the long running Curtiss series which has formed much of the recent Warbird Tails reflection, I also wanted to focus in on a number of unsung types that narrowly missed their chance to have time to shine and enter production. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/34660976833/in/dateposted-public/ I previosuly took a look at the XF5F Skyrocket, the aerial … Continue reading Gloster F.5/34 – What Might Have Been

Shuttleworth Collection Edwardian Pageant – 6th August 2017

August 2017 saw the Shuttleworth Collection’s Edwardian Pageant return. After last years show was heavily effected by high winds this years show was highly anticipated with plenty of rare early aircraft, including an impressive WW1 line up and of course a chance to see the Edwardians in the sky. While conditions were considerably better than … Continue reading Shuttleworth Collection Edwardian Pageant – 6th August 2017

Shuttleworth Collection WW1 Evening Airshow – 15th July 2017

Over the past few years each Shuttleworth Collection season has featured a First World War themed event. This is hardly surprising given the unbreakable link between Old Warden and First World War aircraft. On the whole, the collection have fallen foul of bad weather on almost every occasion. Thankfully this years evening show saw flyable, … Continue reading Shuttleworth Collection WW1 Evening Airshow – 15th July 2017

Royal International Air Tattoo Fairford 2017

Being more of a Warbird fan than modern military it has been a good few years since I've attended a show day at RIAT but with no Flying Legends clash in 2017 and a very impressive line up, I decided that it was time for a return. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/37103614251/in/dateposted-public/ 2017s show wasn't without vintage elements of … Continue reading Royal International Air Tattoo Fairford 2017

Best Laid Plans Part 2……Sywell 9th September

The Victory Show at Cosby has long been on my to do list ever since the first visit back in 2012 was soured by the use of a bizarre 45 degree display line despite having an incredible array of rare warbirds in the flying display. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/37199639985/in/dateposted-public/ The years have passed since that show and this … Continue reading Best Laid Plans Part 2……Sywell 9th September

1930s Silver Wings: The Hawker Biplane Family

Long before the iconic Hurricane leapt into the air at Brooklands in the hands of George Bulman in November 1935, the foundations of an iconic fighter had already been laid. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/28098940806/in/dateposted-public/ Before delving into the fascinating history of these elegant machines, I first wanted to introduce the story of the famous man behind this and countless … Continue reading 1930s Silver Wings: The Hawker Biplane Family

Shuttleworth Collection 1910 Deperdussin

The second oldest aeroplane in Flying Condition at the Shuttleworth Collection is the Deperdussin 1910 Monoplane. This was one of the earliest in a line of racing monoplanes built by the Aeroplanes Deperdussin company in France during the 1910s. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/36367346392/in/dateposted-public/ The prototype of this design first saw air under its wheels in October 1910. The … Continue reading Shuttleworth Collection 1910 Deperdussin

Shuttleworth Collection Classic Evening Display – 17th June 2017

The second Collection evening display of 2017 could well have been a contender for the latest finish to a UK airshow in history, certainly in daylight at least. It was just a few minutes shy of 10pm when the unique Deperdussin's engine finally shut down leaving the calm of a perfect summers evening. This brought … Continue reading Shuttleworth Collection Classic Evening Display – 17th June 2017

Flying Legends 2017 – Back to Basics

At a recent Shuttleworth Collection airshow, the commentator passed comment of an airshow being like a rock concert. Plenty of people go to see the big hits or tracks from the favourite album, but the band are always keen to work in some rarer gems and newer material in-between the big hitters. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/35356182813/in/dateposted-public/ That analogy … Continue reading Flying Legends 2017 – Back to Basics