As the season draws to a close, I thought it might be a good idea to take a look back at the season just gone and pick out some of the key moments from the year.
I’ll start with this from the first show of the year, the debut display by Midair Squadrons Canberra PR.9 XH134. After its return to flight in July last year, there was much anticipation of the aircrafts first public display since being retired by the RAF back in 2006.
Closing the traditional season opener at Abingdon, Dave Piper treated us to an impressively noisy, well flown and well thought out routine that showed the aircraft off in spectacular fashion, with lots of high power climbs, steep wingovers and even a wheels down 360 pass.
It was great to see the familiar shape in the skies again after so many years of absence. The Canberra certainly looked the part in its striking ’50s style, all over silver RAF scheme. Even as a piston engine fan I still maintain the final fast pass of the Canberra’s routine, complete with whistling “blue” note, is the only way an airshow should be ended.
In many ways its display set the tone for an exciting season ahead.
It was great to see how busy the Canberra was this the season, along with its Hawker Hunter stablemates it has become a real star of the circuit.
Thanks to Midair Squadron for resurrecting such an iconic aircraft!
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For more information, along with videos and pictures of the Canberra, please visit http://www.midair-squadron.com
For the latest Abingdon Air and country show news check http://www.abingdonairandcountry.co.uk
And finally for a full write up of the event and for excellent pictures check the uk airshow reviews page for the display: http://www.airshows.co.uk/reports/uk/2014/abingdon-air-and-country-show/