BoB Evening Display

Who would have thought that after a highly variable forecast and heavy rain showers in the afternoon Shuttleworth's Evening Air Display commemorating the Battle of Britain would become a glorious event?! With the late start of the flying program around 17h30 there was fortunately enough time for the rain to pour down in the afternoon and for the storm clouds and lightings to move east of the airfield.

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Where? Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden, Bedfordshire
When? 14/08/2010

The provisional flight program promised a lot of aircraft in the air, however the RAF BBMF dropped out of the list with their Spitfire and Hurricane in the last moment.
With the BoB theme in mind the flying started with the Sea Hurricane and the Me108, which is actually a Nord 1002. Following the plot the 108 was shot by the Hurricane after some passes and started to eject a smoke plume.

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Hawker Hurricane 7667 100 67 85
Hawker Hurricane 8608 100 67 85
Hawker Hurricane 8965 100 67 85
Hawker Hurricane 8982 100 67 85

Barnstorming was next with the Tiger Moth, Chipmunk and two Maggies in the air. They did try to throw flour bags on a ground target as well as flying through two poles that were set up by the ground crew – a very entertaining spectacle (to see them missing the targets ;) ) and a good opportunity to see some nice photo passes and low fly-bys.

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Chipmunk 8615 100 67 85
Miles Hawk 8485 100 67 85
Miles Hawk 8498 100 67 85
Miles Hawk 8627 100 67 85

Furthermore blessed with nice late afternoon sunshine were the displays of the Gloster Gladiator and the Spitfire MkIX – MH434 – of the OFMC. MH434 came in directly from its homebase Duxford and was surely one of the highlights related to the BoB. The Hawker Hind, which also flew during this event, was besides the Gladiator another bare metal skin shining that used the low sun to its full effect by nicely reflecting the by then golden rays.

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Supermarine Spitfire MkIX 8692 100 67 85
Supermarine Spitfire MkIX 8710 100 67 85
Supermarine Spitfire MkIX 8711 100 67 85
Supermarine Spitfire MkIX 8727 100 67 85
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Gloster Gladiator 8752 100 67 85
Gloster Gladiator 8759 100 67 85
Gloster Gladiator 8805 100 67 85
Gloster Gladiator 8827 100 67 85
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Hawker Hind 7590 100 67 85
Hawker Hind 8748 100 67 85
Hawker Hind 8773 100 67 85
Hawker Hind 8797 100 67 85

The next topics were not so thrilling, though interesting and entertaining nonetheless. The colourful Kirby Kite glider used for RAF training in WWII as well as Tiger Moth aerobatics while glider gained height and a Super Cub. Furthermore the Blackburn B2 was another British classic performing a flight display.

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Grunau Baby 7594 100 67 85
Grunau Baby 7636 100 67 85
Kirby Kite 1 7592 100 67 85
Kirby Kite 1 8670 100 67 85
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Beechcraft Super 18 7535 100 67 85
Blackburn B2 7606 100 67 85

The planned Lysander started its engine, but had to shut down shortly afterwards due to problems with its magnetos. This gave some time to prepare for the next WW II flying and it was again time for the '108' and the Hurricane.

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Nord 1102 8558 100 67 85
Nord 1102 9008 100 67 85
Tiger Moth 7567 100 67 85
Tiger Moth 8654 100 67 85

Furthermore the only recently restored Fieseler Storch flew and presented a very nice 'cat-and-mouse' play with the Hurricane that did not succeed catching him due to its low speed advantage. Of course glorious sunlight was again present during this display.

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Fieseler Storch 7641 100 67 85
Fieseler Storch 7648 100 67 85
Fieseler Storch 7672 100 67 85
Fieseler Storch 8949 100 67 85

WWI was next: the Se5a and Bristol F2b took to the air and they were a first sight for me. It was most amazing to see those two buzzing through the air. Another first and highlight for me was also the Sopwith Triplane.

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Bristol F.2b Fighter 7680 100 67 85
Bristol F.2b Fighter 9022 100 67 85
Bristol F.2b Fighter 9047 100 67 85
Bristol F.2b Fighter 9120 100 67 85
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Parnall Elf II 7697 100 67 85
Parnall Elf II 9149 100 67 85
Parnall Elf II 9156 100 67 85
RAF SE.5a 9108 100 67 85
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Sopwith Triplane 7621 100 67 85
Sopwith Triplane 7646 100 67 85
Sopwith Triplane 8925 100 67 85
Sopwith Triplane 8930 100 67 85

By then the sun had nearly disappeared below the horizon, or at least behind the clouds that were present in the meantime. But the wind was calm and the commentator announced that they were bringing out the "Edwardians" to fly them. Luckily he did, because the conditions for these precious jewels have to be immaculate as they are very delicate to fly.The Boxkite and the Avro Triplane are well known from their appearance in the "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines" movie from 1965 and are always a crowd pleaser due to their strange appearance and the pilots waving friendly during their fly-bys.

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Boxkite 7718 100 67 85
Boxkite 7737 100 67 85
Boxkite 7741 100 67 85
Boxkite 7779 100 67 85
Avro 7711 700 470 90
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Avro 7783 100 67 85
Avro 9224 100 67 85
Avro 9257 100 67 85
Avro 9377 100 67 85

But the real star from an enthusiasts point-of-view must be the Blériot, the World's oldest airworthy aircraft, build in 1909. It is hard to imagine that is now more than 100 years ago that someone build this wooden airframe, which is still flying along the whole runway length, and each landing was a thrilling moment.
And with the Deperdussin and some moments there were even three of the Edwardians simultaneously in the air!

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Bleriot XI 7735 100 67 85
Bleriot XI 7747 100 67 85
Bleriot XI 9229 100 67 85
Bleriot XI 9267 100 67 85
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Deperdussin Monoplane 9157 100 67 85
Deperdussin Monoplane 9277 100 67 85
Deperdussin Monoplane 9301 100 67 85
Deperdussin Monoplane 9334 100 67 85

Though the display lasted only from 17h30 until around 20h00, this event was once again very worthwhile to attend and one of my best times at Shuttleworth ever, especially due to all these old machines that I saw in the air for the first time.

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After they all were back safe on the ground and the visitors in their cars to drive home in the dark, it started drizzling again, just in time to head to the nearest Pub and to raise the glasses to this successful event!

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