The weather forecast a few days before the show didnt look promising. On the day of the show the Luton Airport TAF was one of the longest I have ever read, promising everything from CAVOK to Prob30 The Great Flood. They were hedging their bets, but as it turned out the famous Old Warden micro-climate returned from an extended holiday and, apart from some gusty winds which ruled out the more sensitive aircraft, we werent hit by any showers, we saw lots though and that made for some excellent photographs.
Read on for the story of the show, heres a taster
I have said it before and I will do so again. There is no finer place for an Airshow than Old Warden on a calm sunny day and it was a calm sunny morning that greeted staff and volunteers as they began to pull aircraft from the hangars on the morning of one of the biggest shows held by during the season. The Military Pageant.
The general idea is to pull every aircraft out of the hangar that has Military colours on it, and fly them. Thats the plan anyway.
That said it was a nice to see the DH51 outside in her new temporary colours
The rest of the hangars were emptied in quick order leaving the satisfying sight of an empty hangar and giving the chance to have a close look in some of the display cabinets. I’d love to see Spitfires in those colours!
On with the show… (more…)
Its june, its apparently the first weekend of summer. There is one thing about this that will always be the same in England; the weather will let you down.
Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot
We’ll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not.
To add to the strong gusty wind (that was still out-staying its welcome from the May shows) we now had white cloud and showers. As ever the hardy souls of the Shuttleworth Collection weren’t put off. Although the man made cloud late in the show did make for some interesting photo opportunities.
The First day of May, a big day of celebration in Russia. In fact in Russia, May Day is officially called “The Day of Spring and Labour”. This is a happy coincidence because after 8 years “Hard Labour” at The Shuttleworth Collection the Russian built Polikarpov PO2 was ready for its first display, on May Day, at the Spring Air Display (do you see what I did there?).
There were celebrations planned to mark the first display of the PO2 at Old Warden, but first there was work to do before the sell out crowd arrived at the Aerodrome.
Read on for more of the days fun and games.