Foxy Lady – The Sea Vixen at Oxford
I wasnt planning to go to the Fly to the Past event at Kidlington Airport north of Oxford. However when the Vulcan cancelled during the week due to a fuel leak which, despite the best efforts of its dedicated and hard working engineering team, couldnt be fixed in time. The organisers swiftly replaced the aviation equivalent of Bloatware (i.e. a great product but it comes with lots of unnecessary rubbish) with the Sea Vixen my mind was swiftly changed.
The show itself was a bit of a Curates Egg. The plan was to intermix live action with pre-recorded montages on big screens overylaying live action of the flying display. This involved obscuring the paying public’s view of the action. A nice idea that didnt quite work.
But that didnt detract from the Sea Vixen (notr the rest of the flying acts as long as you could dodge the screens and see them), read on for a selection of shots from my favourite displays from the day
The return of the Sea Vixen was by far and away the highlight of the show. Superbly flown by Simon Hargreaves the display was possibly the best classic jet display I have seen since the days of Mark Hanna in a Hunter. If you are a display organiser reading this, please book this aircraft.
The Jet theme continued with Neil McCarthy and the Jet Provost from the Newcastle Jet Provost Group. Its nice to see that his display is steadily improving, showing the aircraft off at its best.
World War Two was represented by two Spitfires, A Hurricane and a Mustang. The first of these was the P51 Mustang from the Old Flying Machine Company, then followed the Battle of Pritain Memorial Flight Spitfire XIX. Later in the afternoon, Peter Teichman displayed his Hurribomber.
Last but not least was the Spitfire T.9 from the Boultbee Flight Academy in the capable hands of Willy Hackett. A cracking display in the late afternoon light.
The display was very varied, it began with a display of natural flight from a young Peregrine Falcon, and a superb aerobatic routine from a Jungmeister. At the other end of the scale the AN2 defied gravity. The Redwings display team broght back memories of the Unipart Duo during the 1980s with a superb display of formation flying, on the same theme the “plastic fantastic” SWIP team brought the display back up to date. And who can forget the Little Rascal.
Lastly, it was nice to meet up again with an old friend.