The flying display was spilt into two sections with an hour and a half break for lunch. The first aircraft to perform was the RAF display Hawk T.1 from 208(R) Squadron at RAF Valley, Anglesey. Flown by Flight Lieutenant Matt Barker. For the 2009 season the display Hawk has been painted in a patriotic colour scheme & underneath a large RAF roundel with a red heart at it's centre, the badge of the Royal Benevolent Fund, who are celebrating there 90th anniversary.
An aircraft from a bygone age the Percival Pembroke G-BNPH/WV740 owned and piloted by Andrew Dixon which put on a majestic display, it only seemed appropriate that it was followed by the newest training aircraft in the RAF, the Beech King Air B200 from 45(R) Squadron at RAF Cranwell.
Kicking off the afternoon proceedings were the home team Delta Jets with there Hunter T.7 G-FFOX/WV318 in the all Black markings of the 'Black Arrows' from 111 Squadron. Closely followed by Air Atlantique Classic Flight Club's Gloster Meteor NF11 G-LOSM/WM167 which flies in the markings of 151 Squadron. At the end of the Meteors display the pilot teamed up with the Hunter to perform an immaculate formation fly-bye.
A late and welcome addition to the flying programme was Peter Vacher's Hurricane Mk1 G-HUPW/R4118. This aircraft is in immacukate condition. It has been recently restored to flying condition after a three year rebuild.
For the first time this year the Army Air Corps Blue Eagles helicopter display team flew a Lynx Mk 7 and an Apache AH1, formation flying at it's very best particular when it's flown in large helicopters. Continueing with the rotary action the Royal Navy 'Black Cats' never dissappoint. Flying a pair of Lynx attack helicopters from 702 Squadron, the team have won numerous awards for there precision and aerobatic capabilities.
The nearby transport base RAF Lyneham supported the show well with two C-130J Hercules one in the static park & another performing a spirited fly through. This years Typhoon display from Flight Lieutenant Scott Loughran was mightily impressive as ever with a number of high G turns.
Closing the flying programme was Rolls-Royce's Spitfire PR.XIX PS853 based at Filton which teamed up with G-FFOX Delta Jets Hunter T7 to perform a unique formation flyby. A fitting end to a thoroughly enjoyable day out at this classic airfield.
The author would like to thank the airshow organisers for there help and co-operation in preparing this article.