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The first Shuttleworth Collection airshow of the season was a huge success, highlights being the flight of Sopwith Triplane 'Dixie II' and the BBMF's Mk XVI Spitfire TE311, still in its black primer. One disappointment was that the Sopwith Camel replica, which had once been expected to fly, was not ready. We look forward to its debut at a later Shuttleworth show.
This relaxed and friendly show moved away from its traditional Bank Holiday weekend slot to a slightly later date, but still fell victim to the early-season cancellation of some of its star attractions: the Lancaster, the Sea Vixen and the Boomerang. Nevertheless, the crowd enjoyed a varied show and particularly two separate Antonov AN-2s, a feast of Yaks and a full and varied static line-up. A couple of separate incidents in which a Twister and an Avro 504 from the Great War Display Team lost engines served to show how well the show is managed and can cope with the unexpected, although it did cause the cancellation of another two displays when time ran out.
The Rafale and the Sea Vixen were stars of the first Duxford airshow of the season, alongside the maiden flight of the Sopwith Pup replica.
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