A pretty average show in rather drab weather: akin to a small seaside show without the sea. Saving graces were the superb (as always) Rich Goodwin; a typically fine display by the Blenheim, the welcome return of the Swordfish and the debut of Hangar 11's Mustang in its new 'Red Tails' livery. At least the show's logistics have been sorted out at last.
This brand new airshow in Torbay was a resounding success, proving that, despite the gloom and cancellations in the post-Shoreham era, airshows can, and do, succeed and prosper.
The Sea Vixen was one of the highlights of the naval-oriented display, generally regarded as one of the best shows at Old Warden and possibly one of the best anywhere for a very long time.
The theme of this year's Duxford Spring airshow reflected the opening of the transformed American Air Museum and told of the special relationship between America and Britain through historic and contemporary jet aircraft.
The show was noticeable for its new parking charge of £5 per vehicle; new rule restricting windbreaks and tents on the crowdline; new flying display lines and disappointingly low visitor numbers, especially on Saturday.
Flying highlights were the british display by the Typhoon; the Mustang : Buchon tailchase - a variation on the Spitfire - Hurricane norm and, surprisingly, the Harvard / T6 displays.
The first Shuttleworth Collection airshow of the season was a celebration of vintage flying in glorious sunshine. Unfortunately, a strong cross-wind prevented the Edwardians, racers and a few others flying and a stray Gazelle helicopter spoiled the Red Arrows first public display of the season. Nevertheless, excellent flying by resident and visiting aircraft, vehicle parade and live music made for a first class family occasion.
The Abingdon season opener was a great success, despite all the difficulties associated with being so early in the season and pre-show cancellations.
Our brief summary of the show, including a flying list, is here. Our review and photos will be published shortly
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