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Duxford Spring Show 2010
 
Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXc - MK356 - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - United Kingdom   Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXc - MK356 - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - United Kingdom   Percival Pembroke C1 - G-BNPH - United Kingdom - Privately Owned - United Kingdom   Tutor T1 - G-BYXN - 16 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force
 
Hawker Hunter F58A - G-PSST - Heritage Aviation Developments Ltd. - United Kingdom   Hawker Hunter F58A - G-PSST - Heritage Aviation Developments Ltd. - United Kingdom   Hawker Hurricane XIIa - G-HURI - Historic Aircraft Collection - United Kingdom   Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IIa - P7350 - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - United Kingdom
 

Duxford Spring Air Show

Words and photographs Mike Freer, additional photography Stuart Freer

The Spring Air Show, held on Sunday 16th May, was blessed with fair weather despite the forecast for rain; mother nature, however, had a hand to play with the proceedings of the day with fears about the ash cloud over parts of the United Kingdom from the erupting Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland. The RAF typhoon display had to be cancelled as was that of the BBMF Lancaster which had to return to RAF Coningsby on the previous day due to strong cross-winds at Duxford.

A wide selection of aircraft were put through their paces , ranging from the formation display given by the three Cessna C172 aircraft and an Extra 220 of the Cambridge Aero Club (Marshalls), to the Flying Fortress ‘Sally B’ of B-17 Preservation.

The bi-plane era was represented by the Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A and Bristol F2B Fighter of the Shuttleworth Collection based at nearby Old Warden. The Hawker Nimrod II of the Historic Aircraft Collection showed off its elegant design and was representative of naval aviation in the 1930s.

Two great names in British aviation were demonstrated in the shape of de Havilland Rapide operated by D & M Miller in company with two Chipmunk trainers of Aircraft Restoration Company. The other iconic manufacturer was Percival and the Provost T1 and Jet Provost T5 of Cooke Aviation were flown along with a Pembroke later on.

The BoBMF brought along a good selection of aircraft. Spitfires, Hurricanes and Dakota were all flown and even one of their two Chipmunk T10 trainers was present. Also representing this period in our aviation history was Peter Vacher in his Hurricane which flew in a three ship formation along with the TF-51 Mustang and Harvard of the Fighter Collection which flew later in the day.

The early jet age was represented by Jonathan Whaley in his psychedelic painted Hunter ‘Miss Demenour’ and Mark Linney in the F-86A Sabre of Golden Apple Operations – the oldest flying jet in the world.

The Royal Air Force attended with their 2010 season display aircraft in the shape of the Tutor, Hawk and Tucano along with a SAR demonstration of a Sea King , while the Royal Navy ‘Black Cats’ also provided helicopter fun with their pair of Lynx choppers from 702 NAS, RNAS Yeovilton.

North American F-86A Sabre - G-SABR - Golden Apple Operations Ltd. - United Kingdom
 
Douglas Dakota C3 - ZA947 - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - United Kingdom   Hawker Hurricane IIc - LF363 - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - United Kingdom   Tucano T1 - ZF317/OJ-F - 72 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force   Hawker Nimrod II - G-BURZ - Historic Aircraft Collection - United Kingdom
 
Hawker Hurricane IIc - LF363 - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - United Kingdom
 
Hawker Sea Fury T20 - NX20MD - Fighter Collection, The - United Kingdom   United Kingdom   De Havilland Chipmunk T10 - WG486 - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - United Kingdom  
 
Boeing B-17G-105-VE  Flying Fortress - G-BEDF - B-17 Preservation Limited - United Kingdom
 
Touchdown Conclusion
 

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is celebrating the 70th anniversary of this epic conflict this year and what better venue to commence their season than Duxford airfield, with its rich history of operations during this period.

This year’s Spring Air Show, in the author’s opinion, was the best he had attended, with a wide range of aircraft on view and displayed in the air covering the whole spectrum of aviation history. Everything from the Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A and Bristol F2B Fighter of the Shuttleworth collection sedately cruising around to Jonathan Whaley ripping around the airfield in his psychedelic painted Hawker Hunter ‘Miss Demenour’ accompanied by Mark Linney in the superb F-86A Sabre.

Despite the best efforts of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland to ruin the day, the flying programme, more or less, ran to plan, with a few last minute tweaks.

The author would like to thank Esther Blain and Gabriela Obluda in the Media centre for their kind hospitality during our visit.

 
Touchdown Rating - 4 out of 5
 
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