The Shuttleworth Collection is one of the best kept secrets of the UK airshow scene. A unique flight line coupled with period aircraft displayed with panache, a beautiful location, and a collection of historic vehicles and buildings gives the impression that one has stepped back in time into a quintessential English garden party.
Highlights included Deperdussin, Sopwith Triplane, SE5a, Spitfire and Hurricane
RAF Valley in Anglesey is reported to be the busiest RAF base in the UK. It is the hub for fast jet training and helicopter training for mountainous and maritime operations. Courtesy of the Valley Aviation Society and base command, a photo day was held with plenty of opportunity to get up close with both on local and visiting aircraft and crews.
Highlights included Alpha Jet (Belgian), Canberra, Jaguar, F-16 (Danish), Tucano, VC-10 and Tristar.
Another sea front air display (well Thames estuary actually). I decided to try a different vantage point and opted to join an organised boat trip that moored out in the estuary. Unfortunately vantage points were quite restricted.
Highlights included Red Arrows, Tornado, Harrier, Nimrod, Catalina
Fantasy of Flight is home to one man’s personal collection of historic aircraft and personal mission to create a theme park around the wonder of flight. It is an outstanding achievement and incredible collection of aircraft, of which many are still capable of flight.
Highlights included P-51’s “Cripes A’Mighty 3rd” and “INA the Macon Belle”, Spitfire Mk XVI, Short Sunderland, Constellation,