With no main feature for this weekend to post I thought I would share a few images from an enjoyable couple of hours spent at Duxford yesterday. You certainly wouldn’t have thought it was only mid-February with the amount of aerial activity and lovely weather, without the breeze it could have even been quite warm!
Shortly after arriving the familiar rumble of Harvard G-TDJN, a former Oshkosh champion and a lovely example. Certainly an unexpected treat to see a Harvard rolling down the Duxford runway this early in the season.
A similar treat was the sight of Chipmunk WK522, many years a resident project in the Northside of Hangar 2, performing circuits. Along with Piper Vagabond G-AWKD.
In the hangars there was the usual level of busy winter maintenance activity going on, with the Fighter Collection P-40s both in deep maintenance revealing some great details. Anglia Aircraft Restorations currently have their Hawker Fury, Spitfire XIV and Hurricane on display at Duxford. The latter of which recently returned from its starring role in the production of the feature film “Hurricane” following 303 squadron in the Battle of Britain. This was my first visit with Hurricane P2902 positioned so well so it was good to have a close look.
It was a great treat to get a chance to admire the latest restoration to take to the skies from the Aircraft Restoration Company, DHC Beaver G-EVMK which has been finished in a similar executive style to the earlier ARCO Beaver (now for sale). Both aircraft were sharing hangar 2, albeit a bit distant for a proper pairs shot! A lovely looking restoration.
As a final bonus I’ve included a shot of Shipping and Airlines immaculate de Havilland Dragonfly climbing out of North Weald in a chance sighting on the way back from Duxford. Not bad for this early in the year!