Starting to become my kick off airshow for the new season each year, Duxford spring airshows feature a variety of display items to keep me on my toes. From warbirds to fast jets, it’s a good warm up for getting my eye in, practising panning and remembering which settings to use for each.
Formerly of the now defunct Classic Air Force, De Havilland Vampire T11 WZ507 and Gloster Meteor T7 WA591, were positioned outside of the Airbase hangar for a photo shoot with TLE Photos.
Located at the former RAF Wattisham in Suffolk is the Wattisham Station Heritage Airfield Museum, home of McDonnell Douglas F-4M Phantom FGR2, XT914, and Hawker Hunter XG194. With this former RAF base now being home to the Army Air Corps, access to the museum is restricted to bookings only.
Located at East Kirkby in Lincolnshire, the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre is home to Avro Lancaster, NX611 ‘Just Jane’, a living memorial to the 55,000 men lost during Bomber Command operations during WW2.
Currently in taxi condition, her owners’ dream is restore her back to flight and work to that effect is now underway. Throughout the year it is possible to witness the roar of her four Merlin engines and even experience a taxi ride. This event was a night shoot with two engine runs, period re-enactors and a unique lighting method.
RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire hosted the Air Combat Power Visit for branches of the UK Military and Cadet forces. The event provides an opportunity to view at close quarters the different capabilities of the Royal Air Force and its coalition partners. Thanks to COAP and RAF Coningsby we were allowed exclusive access to the ramp on the evening before the event. All proceeds raised during the evening went to RAF Charities.
One of those pinch me moments, a flight with Supermarine Spitfire HF IXE, TD314 / FX-P / G-CGYJ (msn CBAF.10492), over the Kent countryside, piloted by Charlie Brown. Our flight departed from Lashenden Airfield near Headcorn, and headed down south east, to emerge on the coast at Folkestone. Unfortunately cloud cover obscured the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel le Ferne, but breaks in the clouds meant that Dover Harbour and the white cliffs were briefly visible.
A photo shoot at Bruntingthorpe Airfield with the Buccaneer Preservation Groups Buccaneers, plus a VC-10, Hunter, and a Jet Provost. A pity the weather did not play ball with rain setting in soon after proceedings beginning. However, both the VC-10 and Buccaneer S2B were still able to complete their taxi runs, and mighty impressive they were.