Abingdon air & country show 2013

Well there we are, all that time waiting and waiting for the weekend to arrive, then it’s over just like that.

A superb show this year was perfectly complemented by the brilliant weather that saw everyone’s mood lighten, and the moods of the aviation photographer reach all time highs!!!

Every time I enter the field I can’t help but be reminded of that superb show in 1990 when we were treated to a massive flypast by more aircraft than it seems our armed forces could muster in one place now. But after the initial reminiscing, the excitement of the first show of my season, and indeed the memories of Abingdon Fayres gone by takes over.

So on with the aircraft, and the initial shots of the flight line in the morning always finds participants well placed for photography, together with the static participants that have usually arrived the day before the show.

PZL M28B-1R Bryza (1116) Polish Navy

PZL M28B-1R Bryza (1116) Polish Navy

Pilatus PC-7 L-09

Pilatus PC-7 L-09

Taylorcraft J Auster 5 TW467

Taylorcraft J Auster 5 TW467

DHC-1Chipmunk

DHC-1Chipmunk

YAK-52 G-YAKI (866904)

YAK-52 G-YAKI (866904)

Harvard

Harvard

Bucker BU-181 Bestmann TP+WX

Bucker BU-181 Bestmann TP+WX

North American T-28S 51-7545

North American T-28S 51-7545

Hawker Hurricane Mk I G-HUPW R4118

Hawker Hurricane Mk I G-HUPW R4118

SIAI-Marchetti SF-260D ST-41

SIAI-Marchetti SF-260D ST-41

SIAI MARCHETTI SF.260AM G-ITAF (MM54532)

SIAI MARCHETTI SF.260AM G-ITAF (MM54532)

De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth II N6847

De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth II N6847

De Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk 22 WP983 (G-BXNN)

De Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk 22 WP983 (G-BXNN)

Westland Lynx AH7 ZD278

Westland Lynx AH7 ZD278

Auster line up

Auster line up

The fly-in also attracted a fair few aircraft due to the excellent weather: –

AB38

AB20

AB24

AB26

AB29

AB31

AB32

AB33

AB34

AB35

AB36

AB37

Most of the day there was one who wished to demonstrate the true art of flying to all present, and an amazing sight it was, not to mention an amazing experience to witness such a bird at close quarters.

Red Kite

Red Kite

Red Kite

Red Kite

So on to the flying, and the following is a selection from the three hour flying display.

Abingdon 5th May 2013

Abingdon 5th May 2013

Abingdon 5th May 2013

Abingdon 5th May 2013

Abingdon 5th May 2013

Abingdon 5th May 2013

Abingdon 5th May 2013

Abingdon 5th May 2013

Abingdon 5th May 2013

Abingdon 5th May 2013

Abingdon 5th May 2013

Abingdon 5th May 2013

Abingdon 5th May 2013

Abingdon 5th May 2013

Tristar C2A ZE706 gave a fly thru from local base Brize Norton to the delight of the huge crowd.

Tristar C2 ZE706

Tristar C2 ZE706

Tristar C2 ZE706

Tristar C2 ZE706

Tristar C2 ZE706

Tristar C2 ZE706

Tristar C2 ZE706

Tristar C2 ZE706

Tristar C2 ZE706

Tristar C2 ZE706

Yellow Harvard 51970 in US Navy markings provided a great splash of colour to part two of the air display.

Harvard 51970

Harvard 51970

Harvard 51970

Harvard 51970

Harvard 51970

Harvard 51970

The T-28C Fennec provided a great low level display giving lots of photographic opportunities.

T-28C Feenec

T-28C Feenec

T-28C Feenec

T-28C Feenec

T-28C Feenec

T-28C Feenec

T-28C Feenec

T-28C Feenec

T-28C Feenec

T-28C Feenec

PA474 was next up, and in great weather she looked and sounded stunning gracefully turning around the skies in front of the crowd.

PA474 Abingdon

PA474 Abingdon

PA474 Abingdon

PA474 Abingdon

PA474 Abingdon

PA474 Abingdon

PA474 Abingdon

PA474 Abingdon

PA474 Abingdon

PA474 Abingdon

PA474 Abingdon

PA474 Abingdon

The Girls were up next, much to the delight of the eager commentator.

Wingwalking Abingdon 2013

Wingwalking Abingdon 2013

Wingwalking Abingdon 2013

Wingwalking Abingdon 2013

Wingwalking Abingdon 2013

Wingwalking Abingdon 2013

Wingwalking Abingdon 2013

Wingwalking Abingdon 2013

Wingwalking Abingdon 2013

Wingwalking Abingdon 2013

Wingwalking Abingdon 2013

Wingwalking Abingdon 2013

Wingwalking Abingdon 2013

Wingwalking Abingdon 2013

Another great display by the C-47 from Aces High based at North Weald.

C-47 Aces High

C-47 Aces High

C-47 Aces High

C-47 Aces High

C-47 Aces High

C-47 Aces High

C-47 Aces High

C-47 Aces High

C-47 Aces High

C-47 Aces High

C-47 Aces High

C-47 Aces High

Creeping in at speed after a short hold Jet Provost 5 XW324 gave a spirited performance.

JP5 XW324

JP5 XW324

JP5 XW324

JP5 XW324

JP5 XW324

JP5 XW324

And to close the show, AAC Lynx AH7 ZD278 in possibly her last year of service gave an excellent rolling and looping display, a real credit to the old helicopter.

Lynx AH7 ZD278

Lynx AH7 ZD278

Lynx AH7 ZD278

Lynx AH7 ZD278

Lynx AH7 ZD278

Lynx AH7 ZD278

Lynx AH7 ZD278

Lynx AH7 ZD278

Lynx AH7 ZD278

Lynx AH7 ZD278

Lynx AH7 ZD278

Lynx AH7 ZD278

But hang on a minute, wasn’t there a class act missing from the photos above??!! Yes there was, and it was one of the most fantastic, emotional, and photogenic displays I’ve ever watched from Hurricane I R4118. A real battle of Britain survivor makes watching the display all the more emotionally charged, knowing what that aircraft has taken part in. A true hero representing arguably the most famous air battle in living history. I leave the last word to the Hurricane, Beautiful…..

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118

Hurricane I R4118