If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools
That verse from the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling encapsulates in verse the season so far at the Shuttleworth Collection. After weeks, nay months of the wettest drought on record the weather appeared to turn and it looked like there would be an airshow in the skies over Old Warden.
The traditional Medieval English poem begins thus.
Sumer is icumen in,
Well after the cancellation of the opening display of the The Shuttleworth Collection‘s season due to flooding, and the low grey cloud and cold temperatures of this, the first evening display; I am inclined to think it isn’t! However it takes more than a bit of bad weather to put off the volunteers and staff off.
The airfield is usable, ladies and gentlemen, we have an airshow!
Twas the night before the airshow and all over the field, no one was stirring, not even a group of enthusiasts with cameras and tripods, plus several sets of lights!
This years Abingdon Fayre once again raised money for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, yet again Neil Porter and his team produced an excellent show for all the family. Its just a shame it was so bloody cold.
The pre show nightshoot was a welcome addition to the proceedings.
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 (more…)