Shuttleworth April Flying Day – The Early Bird
Spring is here. The birds are singing, the leaves unfurling on the trees while the daffodils are blooming. May is my favourite month of the year as the Countryside comes out of its winter slumber.
But hang on, the digit on the month is still saying 4! This isnt May, its still April.
The Shuttleworth Collection got the jump on everyone this year and started the UK airshow season off a week early with the April Flying Day. The day started with beautiful sunshine, but this is England in April so it couldnt last. But that didnt stop the Engineers and Volunteers from enjoying the bright early morning sunshine as they pulled the aircraft out for their first display of the year.
Cockpits of yesteryear are very different from today. This is the Gladiator and I will try to bring more over the season.
The weather went from beautiful sun to milky white by the time the flying began. The show was opened by the traditional Vehicle Parade followed by Peter Teichman in his P-51D
The whole place worked its magic despite the cloud and wind which affected the display.
Its painful to watch an Extra sometimes, especially one flown as vigorously as Chris Burkett flies his.
This was followed by Elf and Stearman (with Tutor and B2)
Provost (a beautiful pilots airplane) followed by some serious bog roll abuse by the Chipmunk preceded the show stopping Gladiator.
And then time to put them all away again. And finally, a Robin and a Dunnock showed us how to really do this flying thing!