Waiting in the Wings – 2020’s Missing Favourites – The Fighters

Where do we start on this one? https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/48301358271/in/album-72157709687428431/ Aside from those fighters that are able to "earn their keep" with flight experiences or other commitments, 2020 was a fairly quiet year. Plenty of two seat Sptifires/Mustangs and the Hurricane were kept very busy. There was also a handful of privately owned fighter that got plenty … Continue reading Waiting in the Wings – 2020’s Missing Favourites – The Fighters

Fiat CR42 -Biplane Brilliance

The peaceful interwar years conjure up images of silver, shining biplanes looping and rolling their way through clear blue skies thrilling crowds of passers by below. https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/25572711506/in/photolist-8AZZoN-8AZZqs-8AWTFK-8AWTGg-8AWTPc-8AWTPv-8AZZxs-8AZZx3-8AWTMc-8AZZNo-8AZZQh-8AWTAZ-8AWTWt-8AZZv3-8AZZML-8AZZkf-8AZZwq-8AZZPs-8AWTVa-8AWU8i-8AZZmN-8AZZR3-8AZZo5-8AZZrm-8AZZpC-2gjg2bH-8AZZnC-8AWU6X-8AWU2B-8AWTXn-8AWTTz-8AWTZe-8AZZLw-8AWU1a-8AWTLD-8AWTYK-8AZZHy-8AZZSd-8AWTT8-8AWTW8-8AZZAY-8AWTU4-8AZZjL-8AZZDm-8AZZNS-8AZZm3-bv8DYK-qGPScR-EXLQc5-E3nhis As war approached the biplane gradually started to be phased out. Modern monoplane designs were coming to the fore and it seemed inevitable that the biplane would soon … Continue reading Fiat CR42 -Biplane Brilliance

Airshow Moments 2020 – Battle of Britain Sequence at Headcorn

The Aero Legends shows at Headcorn have built up a great reputation for putting on Duxford-like warbird set pieces over the last five years. 2020 could have easily been a far more subdued version of the formula but actually saw one of the most memorable routines. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/50411511987/in/album-72157716228636186/ The Saturday and Sunday of the show saw … Continue reading Airshow Moments 2020 – Battle of Britain Sequence at Headcorn

Airshow Moments 2020 – P-51D Mustang “Warhorse” Debut & Comanche Fighters Return

While a great number of museums across the UK re-opened early on in July, enthusiasts had to wait another month before Duxford re-opened its doors on 1st August. This was followed a few days later by the first public flying display at the venue. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/50252734687/in/album-72157715576501801/ This was important for a number of reasons. It was … Continue reading Airshow Moments 2020 – P-51D Mustang “Warhorse” Debut & Comanche Fighters Return

Waiting in the Wings – 2020’s missing favourites – The Bombers

While it was a great treat to enjoy the handful of airshows and flying events that were able to take place in 2020, it also marked the first time for many years that certain aircraft remained on the ground for an entire summer. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/36793296992/in/album-72157670415350230/ Understandably with the loss of potential income from a busy summer … Continue reading Waiting in the Wings – 2020’s missing favourites – The Bombers

Duxford and Mildenhall – 18th September 2020

As we come to the end of another national lockdown (for some at least), the relative freedom we all enjoyed across August and September seems a long time ago. I thought it would be a fitting start to this years series of Advent posts to share this account of a warm Friday in September. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/50658090932/in/photostream/Continue reading Duxford and Mildenhall – 18th September 2020

Duxford Showcase Day – 10th October 2020

In a year that managed to deliver a handful of great flying displays, Duxford managed to deliver one more treat for enthusiasts. The Imperial War Museum hosted three "showcase days" this year, which allow visitors to enjoy an hour or two of based aircraft displaying as part of a normal museum day. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/50666186087/in/dateposted/ The early … Continue reading Duxford Showcase Day – 10th October 2020

Shuttleworth Collection de Havilland 100 Drive-In Airshow

The fourth and ultimately final drive in arishow of the 2020 Shuttleworth collection season took place on 27th September. This final event was set to be a celebration of 100 years of de Havilland. A manufacturer closely associated with Old Warden.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/50575286771/in/dateposted/ An impressive proposed line up had been gathered of all manner of de … Continue reading Shuttleworth Collection de Havilland 100 Drive-In Airshow