|Duxford Airshow - Cambridgeshire 8th September 2007
Review - This was my first visit to Duxford since Flying Legends
2004 and the first time I had been to a non-Flying Legends show since 2001.
Perhaps I had been suffering Legends fatigue, read several reviews of
'lacklustre' IWM shows (bad weather paying a part here) and was also
disappointed that my favoured photographic position on the far left of the
display line had been changed to the detriment of a good view.
However, all these doubts were cast aside by an excellent display, a change
of position to the right hand side of the display line near the land warfare
hall (great for take off and taxiing shots) and amazement at the quality of
the new AirSpace exhibition which, alongside the American Air Museum
rekindled my enthusiasm for seeing rare and historic aircraft at close
quarters in a museum setting.
The display itself had a great relaxed
atmosphere with the Red Arrows opening the show at mid-day on the Saturday
providing a welcome break from the usual long wait to 2pm for flying to
start. Another highlight was the surprise formation of two Gnats and
two Hunters which preceded the Hunter's displays. There were warbirds
aplenty with the mass Spitfire and Hurricane segment particularly
impressive, a wonderful two ship Spitfire formation routine catching a
glimmer of sunlight on an otherwise overcast day. My personal warbird
highlight was the close quarters encounter with the Flugwerk Fw190A-8.
To see a live example of this machine in the flesh rather than in black and
white photographs in a book sent shivers down my spine.
It was with great
sadness that I learned of the death of Brian Brown at Shoreham the next
weekend. The Hurricane he was flying, BD707, displayed at this show
the week before (flown by a different pilot) and I leave images of the
aircraft here in tribute.
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photographs from 2007