The celebrations to coincide with the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy landings in June produced some remarkable moments both in the air and on the ground. Amongst the festivities was a remarkable gathering of C-47s/DC-3s, a type forever associated with the landings, both for their role in dropping troops and towing gliders. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/48014969032/in/album-72157708958168456/ While much … Continue reading Airshow Moments 2019 7 – Old Warden Daks
After the excitement of the D-Day squadron's Old Warden visit, the next event on the diary was a mid-week show (that could catch on!) at Duxford. There appears to be plenty of controversy around the events that followed in France online at the moment. This post is simply to account for what was, all of … Continue reading Daks Over Duxford – 5th June 2019
With April's theme being the heavier types that don't often get featured as part of Warbird Tails, I felt that for Bank Holiday Monday a round-up of UK based aircraft from this corner of preservation was long overdue. I've limited this post to "live" (taxi/engine run condition included) examples and only up the end of … Continue reading UK Transports and Bombers: Where are We Now?
After a low-key event in 2017, 2018 saw Headcorn return as a contender on the display circuit with a busy flying programme across the weekend of 30th June and 1st July. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/32327960818/in/photostream/ Unsurprisingly, given the hosts of the event, the flying was largely made up of Aero Legends' machines. The company now boasts an ever … Continue reading Headcorn Battle of Britain Airshow 2018
Rounding off my 2015 coverage of the Shuttleworth Collection shows a little out of sequence is the September “Shuttleworth Pageant” show. The premise of this show is simple, the collection aim to get as many of their airworthy aircraft in the air as possible. I’ll start by getting the disappointment of the day out of … Continue reading The Shuttleworth Pageant Airshow – 7th September 2015
I didn’t have the highest of hopes on the drive over to Abingdon on Sunday morning, I should quickly clarify that any ill feeling was squarely aimed at mother nature and the weather and was to say nothing of the line up. Abingdon has long been a traditional season opener and always manages to pull … Continue reading Abingdon Air & Country Show: 3rd May 2015
I recently took a look around the Lincolnshire Aviation Centre at East Kirkby in Lincolnshire, home to Avro Lancaster "Just Jane" and D-Day veteran Douglas C-47 "Drag Em Oot". "Jane" or NX611 to give her full title, is undoubtedly the star of the museum, being the second live Lancaster in the UK she regularly performing … Continue reading Museum Photo Post: Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre – East Kirkby
For this weeks Airshow Moment, I follow the season through to the first Duxford show of the year and their D-Day Celebrations. More specifically, the impressive gathering of C-47 Skytrains/Dakotas: If there is one thing Duxford can do well, it is World War 2 displays, being home to the one of the biggest collections of … Continue reading Airshow Moments 2014 – Dakota Gathering: Duxford 24-25th May