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  Duxford Spring Airshow - Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 22nd May 2011

 


Review -
The theme of the Duxford Spring Airshow was woman in aviation although unfortunately on the day, a blustery wind kept many of the lighter acts on the ground.  Last minute substitutions in the flying programme meant that a great show was still put on with The Fighter Collection's Hawk 75A and P-40B Warhawk making welcome appearances after absences due to the paperwork issues that have recently hampered the Collection's operations.  The Royal Navy Historic Flight's newly restored Hawker Sea Fury T.20 made its public debut while Dan Griffith's display in the Meteor NF11 was the highlight of the day for me.  Another debut came in the shape of Golden Apple's F-86A Sabre in NATO Tiger Stripes fresh from its appearance, in Cliff Spink's hands, at the NATO Tiger Meet at Cambrai.  Women still played a leading role in the show with Anna Walker and Carolyn Grace running in formation along the Duxford display line in Seafire XVII G-KASX and Spitfire IX G-LFIX respectively before splitting into solo routines.  Closing the show was Flt Lt Juliette Fleming in RAF Hawk T.1 XX245.

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