Touchdown Aviation
military aviation photography - reports - publications - video
Duxford Autumn Airshow
 
Douglas C-47A Dakota - N473DC - Unknown   Douglas C-47A Dakota - N473DC - Unknown   Consolidated PBY5A Catalina - G-PBYA - Plane Sailing Catalina Operations - United Kingdom   Grumman F-8F-2P Bearcat - G-RUMM - Fighter Collection, The - United Kingdom
 
Avro Vulcan B2 - G-VLCN - Vulcan to the Sky Trust - United Kingdom   Avro Vulcan B2 - G-VLCN - Vulcan to the Sky Trust - United Kingdom   Tornado GR4 - ZA547 - 15 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force   Curtiss P-40B Warhawk - G-CDWH - Fighter Collection, The - United Kingdom
 
Folland Gnat T.1 - G-RORI - Unknown

Duxford September Air Show 2012

Report & photos by Stuart Freer

With the most unpredictable of British summers, the sun finally shone at a British air show. Over the weekend of the 8th & 9th September Duxford held there September air show in glorious conditions. The hot weather plus the Vulcan effect certainly increased the attendance with a bumper crowd over the two days. This show had a great feel to it with a mixture of modern day hardware and classic warbirds.

Opening the show were four F-15C Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, 493rd Fighter Squadron “Grim Reapers” from nearby RAF Lakenheath, which performed a single flypast. Continuing with the fast jet theme The Tornado GR4 Role Demo performed at Duford for the first time, this is such a polished display and looked particularly impressive at such a small airfield that Duxford is. Making a welcome return to Duxford after a four year absence was Avro Vulcan XH558 flown rather sedately by Martin Withers.

Moving onto the home team, The Fighter Collection displayed “Miss Velma” there TF-51D Mustang and “Snafu/War Eagle” there stunning P-47G Thunderbolt together. This was “Snafu’s” second public appearance, the first being at Flying Legends back in July. Always good to see an appearance at any air show is “Drag em oot” the Douglas C-47 Skytrain, owned by Paddy Green and based at East Kirkby, such a beautiful example and a real D-Day veteran as well., and superbly flown as ever.

One of the highlights of the flying programme was the second appearance of The Vintage Aviator Ltd’s RE.8 and Albatros DVA, reproductions from New Zealand and flown at Duxford by Gene De Marco and Kermit Weeks, they were joined by John Day’s Fokker DR1 and Rob Gauld-Gilliers Nieuport 17 reproductions. The RE.8 and Albatros will eventually end up in the RAF Museum, which seems such a shame as these are wonderful reproductions and deserve to be seen in the air.

The fitting finale to the show was an impressive 25 minute sequence of Spitfires, joined by Richard Lake’s and the Aircraft Restoration Company’s Hispano Aviacion HA-1112-M1L Búchons, flown by Cliff Spink and Paul Bonhomme respectively, a wonderful way to end the show.

 
North American TF-51D Mustang - NX251RJ - Fighter Collection, The - United Kingdom   Grumman F-8F-2P Bearcat - G-RUMM - Fighter Collection, The - United Kingdom   Fairey Swordfish Mk II - LS326 - Royal Navy Historic Flight - United Kingdom   Supermarine Spitfire Mk1 - P9374 - Unknown
 
Republic P-47G Thunderbolt - N47DG - Fighter Collection, The - United Kingdom   RE.8 - A1325 - The Vintage Aviator Ltd   RE.8 - A1325 - The Vintage Aviator Ltd   Albatros - 11 - The Vintage Aviator Ltd
 
Douglas C-47A Dakota - N473DC - Unknown
 
Touchdown Conclusion
 

This particular September air show was one of the best in recent years, with great variety ranging from fast jets, warbirds to WWI bi-planes. Well done to the organisers for putting on a thoroughly entertaining show.

The author wishes to thank Esther Blaine and Gabriela Obluda of the Imperial War Museum for their kind hospitality during his visit.

 
Touchdown Rating - 4 out of 5
 
Bookmark and Share