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Abingdon Air & Country Show 2012


Report & photos by Stuart Freer

With what seemed to be the longest winter in living memory the U.K air show season is finally upon us again. Abingdon is usually the season opener, but this year Shuttleworth’s opening show at Old Warden was moved to a week earlier in maybe an attempt for the shows not to clash?

As for this year’s Air & County show, with the cancellation of a number of RAF items to the flying display, with the grounding of the Grob Tutor earlier in the year with problems with the aircrafts propeller & with the RAF’s other single engine training aircraft the Tucano not attending due to not having enough time to work up its display routine due to a crash earlier in the year and with no displays from the Hawk T.1 & King Air the organisers must have been concerned for this years show in how to still create an interesting show without the help of the RAF?

The static had the welcome addition of foreign participation again with the Royal Netherlands AF sending a Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer from 131 Squadron based at Woensdrecht Air base. With the cancellation of the Belgium AF Sea King in the flying display the nation brought a brightly marked SIAI-Marchetti SF-260, complete with aggressive sharks-mouth markings. Completing the over-seas line-up was the Polish Navy with one of there PZL-Mielec M-28B1R Bryza’s from 30 Squadron based at Cewice-Siemerowice air base.

Moving onto the flying display as stated the organisers had to think out of the box due to the RAF’s non-participation. One of the stars of the day was the immaculate Hawker Hurricane Mk1 G-HUPW/R4118 belonging to Peter Vacher & flown by Pete Kynsey, a real Battle of Britain veteran. It was found in an Indian college in a derelict state & took over 10 years to re-build. Less frequently seen was a North American AT-6D Harvard G-TXAN flown by Clive Davidson looking superb in an all over yellow scheme representing a U.S Navy SNJ-5 Texan based at NAS Glenview. The BOB Flight Lancaster B.II PA474 performed majestically as ever in her new ‘Thumper’ markings representing one the aircraft that was in the Dambusters raid, seeing as it’s the 70th Anniversary of the event. Another large aircraft to perform was Ace’s High Douglas DC-3 Dakota painted to represent an American C-47A Skytrain during D-Day operations flown superbly with a number of top-side passes for the photographers in the crowd.
Boeing Steerman - N74189/4 - Breitling
 
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North American T-28S Fennec - N14113 - Aircraft Restoration Co. - United Kingdom   North American T-28S Fennec - N14113 - Aircraft Restoration Co. - United Kingdom   Douglas C-47 Skytrain - G-DAKS - Aces High   Douglas C-47A Skytrain - G-DAKS - Ace High
 
Douglas C-47A Skytrain - G-DAKS - Aces High
 
PC-7 Turbo Trainer - L-09 - 336 Squadron - Royal Netherlands Air Force   M28 Bryza - 1116 - 30 eLMW - Polish Navy   SF260 Marchetti - ST-31 - 15 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component   Nord 1002 Pingouin II - G-ETME - Privately Owned
 
M28 Bryza - 1116 - 30 eLMW - Polish Navy
 
Touchdown Conclusion
 

Once again Neil Porter and his dedicated team of volunteers pulled it off again, producing I would say there most varied and entertaining show yet, with something of interest for all the families and enthusiasts alike.

The show is in aid of the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance fund, there was plenty to see, both in the air and on the ground.

The author wishes to thank Neil Porter, Mark Rouse for their kind hospitality and assistance during his visit.

 
Touchdown Rating - 4 out of 5
 
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