Wow! Two days of aviation from World War One triplanes through to the modern day jets was enjoyed by a crowd of twenty two thousand people over the air festival weekend at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.
The weather started to threaten but the weekend turned into a perfect bank holiday with the sun shining; offering a mixture of flat blue and cloud emblazoned skies.
The stand out act of the weekend was without doubt the gorgeous French Rafale, with her blue livery and slick display. I had to be reminded to breathe during her performance, which is some compliment as I am a renowned prop girl and often fail to see the excitement of jets.
Another fantastic addition to the line up and seen on the Sunday was the team from Red Devils Freefall Display. The team added a flavour of patriotism to proceedings by flying a huge Union Flag. It would be great to see this display become a more regular feature at airshows, especially as the guys took the time to speak to the crowd after their display; inspiring the next generation of aviators.
Seeing Sally B display at any show is a treat but to have her accompanied by the wonderful Miss Velma was quite nostalgic, particularly on their home turf.
Performing with increased popularity was Peter Davies in the smallest participant of the weekend, the Auto Gyro. It may be tiny but it packs in a punchy display of tight turns and let's not overlook the famous flourescent gloves for the crowd wave! Peter's display seem unperturbed by the variable wind conditions, with gusts clearly making the brave role of the Breitling Wingwalkers even more challenging and almost saw the cancellation of the Great War Display Team on Day One. But gladly, the team got to close the show on the Saturday and put in another spellbinding display on the Sunday.
Saturday lended itself to the first viewing of the Typhoon Display, which seemed to get even more precise on day two. Burners on, interesting angles were on offer throughout. The layout of Duxford - with the main road nearby - seemed to hinder some of the displays, as explained by the Blades commentator who apologised for the delays between their usually swift and fluid routine, which was due to the restrictions in place.
The low point of the weekend was to hear about the wheels up landing of the Sea Vixen on her return to Yeovilton. As she is my favourite jet, I was glad to hear that the pilot safely brought her down and managed to walk away unhurt. I will await with interest as to when we are likely to see her in the our skies again.
Duxford is always a great weekend and a fantastic opportunity to wander the museum. The flight line walk was worth every pound and gave light to some great static shots.
It took a week to wade through the thousands of images and they are now all published on my Facebook page- Vintage Dakota Aviation Photography and now that's complete, it is time to do it all over again at Torbay...
Until Next Time, Smile of the Camera
Love Carly x