Fly Navy III – Old Warden 3rd June 2018

Now in its third year, the Shuttleworth Collection's collaborative event with Navy Wings is always awaited with anticipation. The first incarnation of this excellent event saw a rare combination of perfect weather and a complete selection of incredible performers and visiting acts. 2017 looked to build on that success but was hit with a series … Continue reading Fly Navy III – Old Warden 3rd June 2018

Airshow Moment 2017 – Flying Legends “Jokers”

The 2017 instalment of Flying Legends has already featured in this Advent series already, taking a look at the mammoth journey P-51B Berlin Express took to fly as part of the Horsemen team for the weekend. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/36122305186/in/album-72157686765883725/ I wanted to shine the light on another standout moment from that weekend, the traditional "Joker" routine. The … Continue reading Airshow Moment 2017 – Flying Legends “Jokers”

Hawker Biplane Family Part 2 – Airworthy Survivors

Following on from my recent post featuring the ongoing development of the forerunner to the Hawker Hurricane. I wanted to feature the airworthy surviving Hawker biplanes that we are lucky enough to have as part of the airshow circuit here in the UK. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/36089099345/in/dateposted-public/ Hawker Fury K5674/G-CBZP https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/37713187196/in/dateposted-public/ The quite literal shining light of the … Continue reading Hawker Biplane Family Part 2 – Airworthy Survivors

Best Laid Plans Part 2……Sywell 9th September

The Victory Show at Cosby has long been on my to do list ever since the first visit back in 2012 was soured by the use of a bizarre 45 degree display line despite having an incredible array of rare warbirds in the flying display. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/37199639985/in/dateposted-public/ The years have passed since that show and this … Continue reading Best Laid Plans Part 2……Sywell 9th September

1930s Silver Wings: The Hawker Biplane Family

Long before the iconic Hurricane leaptĀ into the air at Brooklands in the hands of George Bulman in November 1935, the foundations of an iconic fighter had already been laid. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/28098940806/in/dateposted-public/ Before delving into the fascinating history of these elegant machines, I first wanted to introduce the story of the famous man behind this and countless … Continue reading 1930s Silver Wings: The Hawker Biplane Family

Flying Legends 2017 – Back to Basics

At a recent Shuttleworth Collection airshow, the commentator passed comment of an airshow being like a rock concert. Plenty of people go to see the big hits or tracks from the favourite album, but the band are always keen to work in some rarer gems and newer material in-between the big hitters. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/35356182813/in/dateposted-public/ That analogy … Continue reading Flying Legends 2017 – Back to Basics

Airshow Moments 2016 – Return of the Centaurus

Ever since the dramatic events at Culdrose in 2014 which saw Chris Gotke successfully save the Fly Navy Heritage Trust Sea Fury T20 following engine troubles mid display, the UK airshow season has been without one of its greatest sounds, the Bristol Centaurus. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/22823451768/in/album-72157676510805636/ Thankfully this all changed in July this year when North Weald … Continue reading Airshow Moments 2016 – Return of the Centaurus