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Headcorn Battle of Britain Airshow – Headcorn, Kent, July 1st 2018

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01 Thruxton DH.82A Mod Jackeroo G-AOIR Headcorn Airshow July 2018 02 Thruxton DH.82A Mod Jackeroo G-AOIR Headcorn Airshow July 2018 03 Stampe SV4 line up Headcorn Airshow 2018 04 Warbird line up Spitfire and Hurricane Headcorn Airshow 2018 05 de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth G-PWBE Headcorn Airshow 2018 06 de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth G-ANMO K4259 Headcorn Airshow 2018 07 Stampe Tiger Moth and Jackeroo formation Headcorn Airshow 2018 08 Stampe SV4C formation Headcorn Airshow 2018 09 Stampe SV4C formation Headcorn Airshow 2018 10 Stampe SV4C formation Headcorn Airshow 2018 11 Stampe SV4C G-OODE Headcorn Airshow 2018 12 Stampe SV4C G-BWEF Headcorn Airshow 2018 13 Spitfire IX TD314 Headcorn Airshow 2018 14 Spitfire IX TD314 Headcorn Airshow 2018 15 Spitfire IXT NH341 Elizabeth Headcorn Airshow 2018 16 Spitfire IXT and Hurricanes Headcorn Airshow 2018 17 Hawker Hurricane MkI P3700 G-HURI and P3717 G-HITT Headcorn Airshow 2018 18 Hawker Hurricane MkI P3700 G-HURI and P3717 G-HITT Headcorn Airshow 2018 19 Hawker Hurricane MkI P3700 G-HURI Headcorn Airshow 2018 20 Hurricane MkI P3717 G-HITT Headcorn Airshow 2018 21 Spitfire Vb BM597 G-MKVB Headcorn Airshow 2018 22 Spitfire Vb BM597 G-MKVB Headcorn Airshow 2018 23 Spitfire line up Headcorn Airshow 2018 24 Hurricane and Spitfire line up Headcorn Airshow 2018 25 Spitfire IX TD314 Headcorn Airshow 2018 26 Spitfire IXT NH341 Elizabeth Headcorn Airshow 2018 27 Spitfire IXT NH341 Elizabeth Headcorn Airshow 2018 28 Spitfire IXT NH341 Elizabeth Headcorn Airshow 2018 29 Spitfire Vb BM597 G-MKVB Headcorn Airshow 2018 30 Hawker Hurricane MkI P3700 G-HURI Headcorn Airshow 2018 31 Hawker Hurricane MkI P3700 G-HURI Headcorn Airshow 2018 32 Hurricane MkI P3717 G-HITT Headcorn Airshow 2018 33 Aerolegends Spitfires IX TD314 and IXT NH341 Headcorn Airshow 2018 34 Spitfires IX TD314 and IXT NH341 and Spitfire Vb BM597 Headcorn Airshow 2018 35 Spitfires IX TD314 and IXT NH341 and Spitfire Vb BM597 Headcorn Airshow 2018 36 Hawker Hurricane MkI P3700 G-HURI and P3717 G-HITT Headcorn Airshow 2018 37 Hawker Hurricane MkI P3700 G-HURI and P3717 G-HITT Headcorn Airshow 2018 38 Hawker Hurricane MkI P3700 G-HURI Headcorn Airshow 2018 39 Hurricane MkI P3717 G-HITT Headcorn Airshow 2018 40 Spitfire IXT NH341 Elizabeth Headcorn Airshow 2018 41 Spitfire IX TD314 Headcorn Airshow 2018 42 Spitfire IX TD314 Headcorn Airshow 2018 43 Spitfire Vb BM597 G-MKVB Headcorn Airshow 2018 44 Spitfire IXT NH341 Elizabeth Headcorn Airshow 2018 45 Percival Prentice T.1 G-APJB  VR259 Headcorn Airshow 2018 46 Percival Prentice T.1 G-APJB  VR259 Headcorn Airshow 2018 47 Percival Prentice T.1 G-APJB  VR259 Headcorn Airshow 2018 48 Percival Prentice T.1 G-APJB  VR259 Headcorn Airshow 2018 49 Percival Prentice T.1 G-APJB  VR259 Headcorn Airshow 2018 50 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot Headcorn Airshow 2018 51 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot Headcorn Airshow 2018 52 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot Headcorn Airshow 2018 53 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot Headcorn Airshow 2018 54 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot Headcorn Airshow 2018 55 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot Headcorn Airshow 2018 56 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot Headcorn Airshow 2018 57 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot Headcorn Airshow 2018 58 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot Headcorn Airshow 2018 59 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot Headcorn Airshow 2018 60 Aerolegends heavies Spitfires TD314 and NH341 and Devon G-DHDV Headcorn Airshow 62 Aerolegends heavies Spitfires TD314 and NH341 and Devon G-DHDV Headcorn Airshow 63 Hispano HA-1112-M4L Buchon Yellow 7 G-AWHM Headcorn Airshow 2018 64 BBMF Spitfire Mk LFIXe MK356 Headcorn Airshow 2018 65 Hispano HA-1112-M4L Buchon Yellow 7 G-AWHM Headcorn Airshow 2018 66 BBMF Spitfire Mk LFIXe MK356 Headcorn Airshow 2018 67 BBMF Spitfire Mk LFIXe MK356 Headcorn Airshow 2018 68 Hispano HA-1112-M4L Buchon Yellow 7 G-AWHM Headcorn Airshow 2018 69 Spitfire IX TD314 G-CGYJ Headcorn Airshow 2018 70 BBMF Spitfire Mk LFIXe MK356 Headcorn Airshow 2018 71 Spitfire IX TD314 G-CGYJ Headcorn Airshow 2018 73 Spitfire IX TD314 G-CGYJ Headcorn Airshow 2018 74 BBMF Spitfire Mk LFIXe MK356 Headcorn Airshow 2018 75 BBMF Spitfire Mk LFIXe MK356 Headcorn Airshow 2018 76 BBMF Spitfire Mk LFIXe MK356 Headcorn Airshow 2018 77 BBMF Spitfire Mk LFIXe MK356 Headcorn Airshow 2018 77 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot Headcorn Airshow 2018 78 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot Headcorn Airshow 2018 79 T-6 Harvard TA-521 G-TVIJ Headcorn Airshow 2018 80 T-6G Texan G-DDMV Headcorn Airshow 2018 81 T-6 Texan G-DDMV G-TVIJ and C-47 N473DC Headcorn Airshow 2018 82 T-6 Harvards G-TVIJ and G-DDMV Headcorn Airshow 2018 83 T-6 Harvard TA-521 G-TVIJ Headcorn Airshow 2018 84 T-6G Texan G-DDMV Headcorn Airshow 2018 85 BBMF deHavilland Chipmunk T10 WK518 Headcorn Arishow 2018 86 BBMF deHavilland Chipmunk T10 WK518 Headcorn Arishow 2018 87 BBMF deHavilland Chipmunk T10 WK518 Headcorn Arishow 2018 88 BBMF deHavilland Chipmunk T10 WK518 Headcorn Arishow 2018 89 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC and T-6G G-DDMV Headcorn Airshow 2018 90 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC and T-6G G-DDMV and G-TVIJ Headcorn Airshow 2018 91 T-6 Harvards G-TVIJ and G-DDMV Headcorn Airshow 2018 92 T-6 Harvards G-TVIJ and G-DDMV Headcorn Airshow 2018 93 T-6 Harvards G-TVIJ and G-DDMV Headcorn Airshow 2018 94 T-6 Harvards G-TVIJ and G-DDMV Headcorn Airshow 2018 95 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot Headcorn Airshow 2018 96 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot Headcorn Airshow 2018 97 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot Headcorn Airshow 2018 98 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot Headcorn Airshow 2018 99 T-6 Harvard TA-521 G-TVIJ Headcorn Airshow 2018 100  T-6 Harvard TA-521 G-TVIJ Headcorn Airshow 2018 101 T-6G Texan G-DDMV Headcorn Airshow 2018 102 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot parachute drop Headcorn Airshow 2018 103 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot parachute drop Headcorn Airshow 2018 104 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot parachute drop Headcorn Airshow 2018 lightbox gallery scriptby VisualLightBox.com v6.1

Comment: After spending some time at Headcorn for Aerolegends events in 2017 and 2018, I could not resist a trip down to this historical grass ex-Second World War airstrip for what has become now an annual airshow organised by Aerolegends to showcase their fleet and promote their activities, and aviation in general, to the wider public.

Personally I much prefer smaller venues and the chance to get up close and personal to some classic warbirds for a very reasonable price was very welcome. At this point I must confess after entering the showground and looking around (and parting with some hard-earned cash in exchange for some smaller scale aeroplanes to keep the kids entertained!) we retired to a spot just outside the show entrance and still on the flightline where we had an unobstructed view of proceedings allowing some very nice photo-opportunities of the various aircraft as they taxied past from our right to left to the end of the runway to take off. Correspondingly, the aircraft landed from our left and again great views were had with a clutter free background of glorious Kent countryside.

The display started with a classic biplane formation of four Stampe SV4Cs followed by two Tiger Moths and a Thruxton Jackeroo Tiger Moth conversion, the Stampes giving us some changing formation passes before a bomb burst split and individual passes to break and land.

It was then the turn of the first warbird ‘balbo’ with Aerolegends’ own Spitfire IX TD314 and IXT NH341. These were flown by Flight Lieutenant Antony ‘Parky’ Parkinson and Flight Lieutenant Charlie Brown respectively, both pilots flying regularly on Aerolegends various flights in, and alongside, Spitfire packages. The two MkIXs were joined by the Historic Aircraft Collection’s Spitfire Vb, its brown and green camouflage a welcome contrast to the later war grey and green of the MkIXs. The Spitfire trio was joined by a pair of Hurricane MkIs, namely P3700 G-HURI and P3717 G-HITT which performed a couple of nice formation passes before P3700 departed. The Aerolegends Spitfires would fly again later in the day, firstly in formation with their deHavilland Devon G-DHDV, and second, for TD314, as it fended off an airfield attack from ‘Bf109’ Buchon Yellow 7. Final Spitfire to attend was The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Mk LFIXe MK356 which was displayed with gusto, topside passes showing off the attractive desert camouflage scheme that this aircraft currently wears. As an aside, a tailwheel issue saw one of the BBMF’s Chipmunk T10s ‘scrambled’ from Coningsby with a spare part providing an otherwise unexpected view of one of the Flight’s workhorses in action.

Heavy metal star of the show was Aerolegends recently acquired C-47 Skytrain ‘Drag Em Oot,’ the aircraft opening up another product line in terms of parachute drops and re-enactments. The aircraft undertook a solo display in the morning followed by formation passes with yellow T-6 Texans G-DDMV and G-TVIJ later in the afternoon prior to performing a single stick parachute drop to close the display.   

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