What We Saw There

As usual, the range of aircraft on display was amazing during the Battle of Britain airshow this year. There wasn’t as much stunt flying and no wing-walkers because of an airshow tragedy earlier this year, but the flights were wonderful nonetheless.

Yak-50 – Aerostars Aerobatic Formation

Cloud Quartet

Synchronised SwiftnessF-15E and Supermarine Spitfire

To honour the American pilots that flew for Britain during the Battle of Britain, an F16 is escorted around Duford Air Base by a Spitfire.
To honour the American pilots that flew for Britain during the Battle of Britain, an F-15e is escorted around Duford Air Base by a Spitfire.

Boeing Stearman Kaydet

Bygone Plane

Biplane AcrobatCurtiss Hawks

Gemini

Fragile BalletChinook

Chinook ShookBristol Blenheim

Up, Up and Away

On a MissionB-17 Flying Fortress Sally B

Air RaidHawker Hurricane

Long Trip HomeSupermarine Spitfire TR Mk IX, KJ-I, SM520 and Messerschmitt

Spitfire's Danger

This is just a small cross-section of the displays at Duxford this year. The biplanes have always been a favourite of mine. So delicate and fragile; butterflies amid birds. However, there is a thrill to the speed of the Yaks and Hurricanes, the sound of the engines illustrating the Doppler Effect as they fly by just in front of us, demonstrating various maneuvers. But the biggest thrill of the day was yet to come.

Next week, the Spitfires.

One thought on “What We Saw There

  1. Wonderful photos. Loved the precision shown in this first photo. Stunning. And the power of the tilted Hawker Hurricane. J. >

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