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When? 10-11/07/2010
Where? Duxford, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

Duxford – Flying Legends airshow. Once you have been there once it is quite difficult not to come back, as this show offers a real blast of piston engine powered aircraft. No jets, no noise, just pure music. 2011 was another year for me to go back to this legendary show.

Of course Duxford also celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain (BoB) this year and it became a major theme of the event. To open the show not less than 8 Spiftires took to the air and celebrated this iconic fighter.
More important during the BoB, though less looked after today, was the Hawker Hurricane. At the beginning of the show however one example got the chance to 'fight' against a Messerschmitt Bf109 – well, actually it was a spanish-built, Merlin-powerd Buchon. But nevertheless, the display was very good and provided a good comparison between all these different aircraft types.
The RAF's BBMF (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight) also performed extremely well with a formation of their Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane as well as additional solo displays of each single aircraft and a well times sequence.

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O-1E Bird Dog

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Cessna O-1 Bird Dog air-air photography
Where? Hahnweide, Germany
When? September 2016

Flying low over the jungle on tree top level the exploits of the Cessna O-1E Bird Dog in South East Asia are legendary. However, this venerable warbird is maybe one of the lesser known and unglamorous aircraft types flown during the Vietnam War, being manned by USAF and South Vietnamese pilots. Nevertheless some of the Bird Dog’s relive a renaissance today, as they are a cheap and affordable warbird, and a joy to fly!

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50 years JG74

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JG74 - 50 years

Where? Neuburg Air Base, Germany
When? 09/06/2011

Open Days of the Luftwaffe are rare and few these days, and to reduce costs the 50th anniversary of the JG74 at Neuburg has even been held on a Thursday to avoid additional work during the week-end. Though this also meant that nearly all interested visitors had to take a day off, a crowd of around 15.000 came to celebrate that day.

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Bf-108 D-ESBH - Smooth Taifun

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Messerschmitt  Bf 108

Bf-108 D-ESBH

"Bravo Hotel, line-up runway 07 right for photo mission"
Finally, after months of preparation and strong support by the Messerschmitt Stiftung and the EADS Heritage Flight I am sitting in the photo-ship on that hot August day 2003 and can listen to the radio traffic of the Messerschmitt Bf-108 D-ESBH that is lining up on the runway in front of us and which is the main target of that photoflight.

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