Airshow: Shuttleworth Summer Pageant 2004

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

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Photo Shoot: RAF Valley Photo Day 2004

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.

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Airshow: RIAT 2004 Display

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world’s largest military airshow organised by Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises (RAFCTE)

Highlights included the F/A-18F Super Hornet, F-117, B-2, B-52H. USAF Heritage Flight, Sea Harrier and tribute to 60th anniversary of D-Day.

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Airshow: RAF Waddington 2004

Located at the home of the RAF’s Nimrod and E-3 Sentry, the RAF Waddington airshow, is probably the largest RAF airshow left on the calendar.

Highlights included the Red Arrows, BBMF, Tornado, Hunter, Frecce Tricolori, Sea Harrier, Patrulla Aguila, and P-3 Orion.

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Airshow: Southend Airshow 2004

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

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Museum: Fantasy of Flight 2004

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, 

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