Duxford Autumn Show 2009
What a fitting way to conclude the UK’s air show season than a day spent at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, at their end of season Autumn Air Show on October 11th. On show were a wide range of aircraft dating from the Second World War to the present day and covering a whole range of types from a motor-glider to today’s current combat types.
Market Garden Memorial 2009
At September 19th, Ginkel Heath, near the city of Ede and Arnhem, saw the memorial of 65 years Market Garden. The operation Market (Air) and Garden (Land) was aimed at creating a quick breakthrough across German lines to take over main bridges over the rivers Maas, Waal and Rhine in order to set up an offensive into Germany. This probably was the last time the memorial took place at such a large scale.
Kemble Battle Of Britain Weekend
The aim of the Battle of Britain airshow was to re-create the atmosphere of the 1960s, when most RAF stations would open their gates to the public on Battle of Britain Day. On a beautiful warm and sunny autumn day, this aim was fully achieved and what better venue than Kemble airfield – now re-named Cotswold Airport – in the heart of the rolling Cotswold countryside.
Cosby Victory Show 2009
Foxlands Farm, near the village of Cosby in Leicestershire was the scene of the United Kingdom’s largest military re-enactment event and is as much a symbolic venue to the various military living history groups, as Max Yasgur’s farm, New York, was to all those Woodstock music lovers forty years ago in 1969.
With the warm smell of burning aviation fuel cutting through the damp atmosphere and the low rumbling of two Rolls Royce Avon 301R engines vibrating through the author’s body, it was time to don the ear defenders in preparation for what was to follow. Not a moment too soon, as an earth rending explosion of energy accompanied by a stream of flame erupted from Lightning F6 XR728 as it cut in its afterburner.
Duxford Flying Legends 2009
This year’s eagerly awaited Flying Legends 2009 held over the weekend of July 11th & 12th was hugely successful with people from all over the world attending this classic event organised by the Imperial War Museum in conjunction with The Fighter Collection. On view this year were numerous aircraft types from all over Europe and the USA, including some new to Flying Legends.
Kemble Classic Airshow 2009
This years airshow at the beautiful Cotswold airfield was staged over two days for the first time. The show has come a long way since the first relatively small event held in 1996 which welcomed the return of the Red Arrows.
For most enthusiasts the highlight of the flying display was the return of the Avro Vulcan in the Cotswold skies.
Meeting Aérien la Ferté Alais 2009
In the weekend of May 30/31 the 37th edition of one of the biggest old-timer airshows in Europe was held again at La Ferté Alais, some 30 miles south of Paris. It provides a home to the famous Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis and Les Casques de Cuir. With promissing clear blue skies Jan and Michael went to the show for the second time after being washed out in 2007.
Duxford Spring Show
This year’s air show season at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, got off to a very wind-swept start on Sunday 17th May 2009. The theme of the Spring Air Show was the “Best of British” - a celebration of British aircraft design throughout the years.