The early September show this year celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Shuttleworth Collection opening to the public for the first time.
Rather than wax lyrical with the history with this wonderful collection, I’ll just get on with the photos.
At long last a sunny airshow at Shuttleworth. It was too windy for the Edwardians and the World War 1 aircraft, but the rest of the display more than made up for that.
It begins, as ever, early in the morning….
It was sunny. No its cloudy. “Blimey thats a big storm!” Did someone say hail? Thats the story of the August Military Pageant at Shuttleworth.
There were thunderstorms predicted and more worryingly hail. Not good for one of a kind historic aircraft is hail!
George Santayana the Spanish philosopher and essayist is responsible for two of my favourite literary quotes. They are “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. And, because presumably no one paid much attention to those words he is also credited with “only the dead have seen the end of war.”
The poignancy of these words is not lost on me each time I see the aircraft of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll have read of a previous encounter with the Lancaster. The sight and sound of the aircraft of the flight stirs my emotions like practically nothing else; so an invite to photograph their Public Display Authorisation displays at RAF Coningsby was a very pleasant surprise.