The Flying Legends
Duxford,UK 07Jul07

Massive line up

My only previous visit to this air show was in 1997, so high time I went again.
Entering the grounds I saw this good looking line-up.
The previous weeks England had suffered massive rains, which caused even flooding in some areas, so naturally I feared for this air show but we had the best day of the week! We did feel a few drops of rain at some point and the sun disappeared behind some dark clouds every now and then, but the sun came out victorious and enabled us to enjoy the day immensely.
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BIPLANES

G-ANPE DH82A Tiger Moth
G-ANRM / DF112 DH82A Tiger Moth
G-AIYR / HG691 DH98A Dragon Rapide
G-AKIF DH89A Dragon Rapide
As someone who suffers from a chronic fear of heights, I admire these wingwalkers for their daring performance:
Oh my gawd...!
How is the view up there?
kick-ass-wingwalkers..
Hallelujah!
www.aerosuperbatics.com
What a show!
What a show, well done!!

THE FIGHTERS

Of all ages...
Tight formation
Here we go...
Close, closer...
F-AZJS / PS890 (cn 6S/585110) Supermarine 389 Spitfire PR19
AZJS / Owner: Christophe Jacquard
KASX / SX336/VL/105 Supermarine 395 Seafire F17
Jerry was here too..
HB-RCF (cn 194) Morane-Saulnier D-3801
G-CCVH / 82 (cn 12881) Curtiss H-75 Hawk
Ferocious Frankie, P-51D Mustang
The Old Flying Machine Company acquired this P-51D in 1999; it now carries the colours of Wallace E. Hopkins, "Ferocious Frankie" (named in honour of his wife Frankie), coded B7 H of the 374th Fighter Sqdn, 361st Fighter Grp.
Ferocious Frankie, P51D Mustang
Big Beautiful Doll, N351BD P-51D
Two to tango..
Old Crow, P-51D N451MG
Miss Velma, a new arrival in EuropeMiss Velma is a 2-seater (TF-P-51D) Mustang!
Civil registration is N251RJ (44-84847) and this fine Warbird is a new arrival here in the UK, acquired by the Duxford-based The Fighter Collection of Stephen Grey fame..

P-51 Mustang on Wikipedia

G-BTCC Grumman F6F Hellcat I was quite pleased how this photo turned out, dark clouds loomed omniously...
This is Grumman F6F-5K Hellcat 40467/19, owned by The Fighter Collection and formerly registered G-BTCC. It is painted in US Navy livery.

The Grumman F6F Hellcat was a fighter plane descended from the earlier F4F Wildcat, but was a completely new design sharing only a familial resemblance to the Wildcat. Some tagged it as "Wildcat's big brother".The Hellcat and the Vought F4U Corsair were the primary United States Navy carrier fighters in the second half of World War II.

More on Wikipedia .

The Skyraider
G-RAID / 26922/402, Douglas AD-4NA Skyraider (cn 7722)

THE BIG BIRDS

Sally B
Smoky start up
Ready for take off
this used to mean trouble...
All is fine again
Coming in to land Sally B is the nickname of a B-17G-105-VE "Flying Fortress", serial 44-85784, which served with the post-war US Air Force, and the Institute Geographique National as a survey craft.
Acquired by preservation group in England after retirement and restored to combat condition, it is housed at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, England. However, it is very much a privately owned aircraft and it is a continuous struggle to raise funds to keep her flying..! She is seen here in a recently applied fresh coat of paint and more can be read on www.sallyb.org.uk
The Sally B was used in the film "Memphis Belle" as one of 5 flying B-17s needed for various film scenes, and it was used to replicate the real "Memphis Belle" in one scene. Half of the aircraft is still in the "Memphis Belle" livery.
Source: Wikipedia
PBY Catalina
This is PBY-5A G-PBYA of
Plane Sailing; it was purchased by Duxford-based Catalina Aircraft Ltd in August 2002.
History of this amphibian.
Coming in to land
C-47B G-AMPY
Left: C-47B G-AMPY / KK116 (cn 15124/26569) of Air Atlantique.

Right: C-53D LN-WND (cn 11750) of Dakota Norway.
LN-WND
ready for take offTwo Junckers Ju-52s did a tango in the air...
This is F-AZJU / AZ-JU (cn 103), actually a CASA C-352L (license-built Ju-52), of Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis.
F-AZJU
D-AQUI
'D-AQUI' is actually registered D-CDLH (cn 130714), operated by Lufthansa (Berlin-Stiftung); this is a Junkers Ju-52/3m.
D-AQUI
North American TB-25N Mitchell N5-149
N320SQ / N5-149 / 232511 (cn 108-32782) North American TB-25N Mitchell N5-149 (N320SQ) gave a sterling performance, a true Flying Legend...

THE CROWD

Full force..!


Ready..? Aim.. Fire...!!!
Saving energy...
Got to get on its good side
It pays to look around
All dressed up
The enthusiasts
Having your picture taken...
Having your picture taken in a two-seat Spitfire.

I admire the guys who showed the cockpit of this Spit to a zillion people that day, they never let up.

THE MUSEUM

Avro YorkA quick look in one of the halls of this famou smuseum. The Avro York G-ANTK (ex MW232) is worthy of such a visit.
It was originally built by Avro at Yeadon 1945 under Contact No: Contracts/Aircraft/2429, with RAF serial MW232.
Initially allocated 07Jan46 to 242 Sqdn Oakington; then to 511 Squadron Lyneham 05Jun47; to Armstrong Whitworth 23Aug48 (possibly preparation for participation in Berlin Airlift).
We will jump ahed in time to when it was 'struck-of-charge' (SOC) on 16Jul54, on sale as G-ANTK with Dan-Air; it was used for freight work until its retirement in May 1964.
G-ANTK was ferried to Lasham and used as a bunk house by the local Air Scouts until 1974. The Dan-Air Preservation Group took it over and began to restore the aircraft in their spare time. In the mid-1980s Dan-Air realised the impracticality of the restoration work being undertaken and began negotiations with The Duxford Aviation Society. In May 1986 the aircraft was dismantled and on 23May86 was roaded to Duxford.
Source: www.axtd59.dsl.pipex.com/G-ANTK.htm.

The Avro York was a British transport aircraft derived from the Avro Lancaster bomber that was used in both military and airliner roles between 1943 and 1964. More on Wikipedia.

HP Hastings Handley Page Hastings C.1A TG528 got a new livery! Last time I saw it (in 2003) it was still in the white/grey colourscheme.
Unfortunately I could not get closer, as part of the hall was off limits. Could not get a decent shot of the Sunderland either, something I regretted as the Sunderland display at the RAF Museum Hendon was closed too.

The Handley Page HP 67 Hastings was a troop-carrier and freight transport of the Royal Air Force. At the time it was the largest transport plane ever designed for the RAF, and it replaced the Avro York as the standard long-range transport.
More on Wikipedia.

FINALE...

That sound...
masive, massive flypast !
Formation.. break!
'bye, 'bye
Cheerio, see you next time !

Links:
Imperial War Museum Duxford
Duxford on Wikipedia
The Fighter Collection
Duxford-Update
The Old Flying Machine Company
UK Warbirds
Warbird Alley
Warbirds Resource Group
Warbird Information Exchange
Mustangs & Mustangs
De Havilland Aircraft
Paul Nann at Duxford
Photos taken at Duxford, on Airliners.net


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