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.
The fly-in also attracted a fair few aircraft due to the excellent weather: –
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.
So on to the flying, and the following is a selection from the three hour flying display.
Tristar C2A ZE706 gave a fly thru from local base Brize Norton to the delight of the huge crowd.
Yellow Harvard 51970 in US Navy markings provided a great splash of colour to part two of the air display.
The T-28C Fennec provided a great low level display giving lots of photographic opportunities.
PA474 was next up, and in great weather she looked and sounded stunning gracefully turning around the skies in front of the crowd.
The Girls were up next, much to the delight of the eager commentator.
Another great display by the C-47 from Aces High based at North Weald.
Creeping in at speed after a short hold Jet Provost 5 XW324 gave a spirited performance.
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.
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…..