While we are getting this summer weather reprise it is hard to believe that the end of the UK Airshow season is nearly upon us.
Alongside Duxford last weekend I also spent the Friday at Goodwood Revival which always sees a great mix of vintage motor racing, graceful flying displays and the incomparable Freddie March Spirit Of Aviation static display.
Last year saw this exhibition take on a different look comprising entirely of Spitfires, Hurricanes and the Blenheim. While impressive it did lose some of the surprise factor of recent years.
With that in mind it was great to see such variety on show arriving on site Friday morning, all with unrestricted access.
Highlights included the Fighter Collection’s P-36C on its first trip away from Duxford, newly flown Spitfire Mk IX BR601, P-51D Miss Helen and Will Greenwood’s Yak 3 – All of which aren’t seen nearly enough at UK airshows so it was a rare treat to get a good look at them.
Another aircraft welcome at any airshow was the WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust’s Albatros D.Va
There was also an incredible variety of civilian vintage aircraft on display, including an incredible polished Ryan visiting from Australia and the wonderfully restored Fox Moth, which went on to win the Spirit Of Aviation trophy.
While the static exhibition could easily fill a day in itself with so many different aircraft to get a good look at, the Goodwood flying displays always make great viewing. With recent display ruling changes the flying style has changed slightly but is no less impressive. Flying now generally sees unique mixed formations performing graceful, sweeping 360 degree passes with flowing topsides across the middle of the airfield.
This year saw the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster perform a series of passes over the airfield before being followed by Spitfire MH434, P-51D Mustang Miss Helen and the Blenheim, a wonderful formation and a great surprise.
Once again the Goodwood Revival proved that quality over quantity can be a great formula for aviation events. A wonderful array of static aircraft alongside a selection of well chosen acts in the air compliments the motor racing perfectly, long may it continue.