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Jetfest - North Weald Airfield, Essex, 28th September 2019

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01 Folland Gnat F1 G-SLYR E296 North Weald Jetfest 2019 02 Folland Gnat and Hunting Jet Provost line up North Weald Jetfest 2019 03 Folland Gnat and Hunting Jet Provost line up North Weald Jetfest 2019 04 Folland Gnat tails North Weald Jetfest 2019 05 Folland Gnat tails North Weald Jetfest 2019 06 Jet Provosts Gnats and Strikemasters North Weald Jetfest 2019 07 Hunting Jet Provost line up North Weald Jetfest 2019 08 Gnat T1 XR537 and XR538 plus Jet Provost T3 XN637 North Weald Jetfest 2019 09 Folland Gnat T1 XR537 North Weald Jetfest 2019 10 Folland Gnat F1 G-SLYR E296 North Weald Jetfest 2019 11 Folland Gnat F1 G-SLYR E296 North Weald Jetfest 2019 12 Folland Gnat F1 G-SLYR E296 North Weald Jetfest 2019 13 Folland Gnat T1 XR992 G-MOUR North Weald Jetfest 2019 14 Hawker Hunter T8C WV322 North Weald Jetfest 2019 15 RAF Puma HC2 XW224 230 Squadron North Weald Jetfest 2019 16 Bell UH-1H Iroquois G-HUEY North Weald Jetfest 2019 17 Bell UH-1H Iroquois G-HUEY  and BAC Strikemaster North Weald Jetfest 2019 18 Bell UH-1H Iroquois G-HUEY North Weald Jetfest 2019 19 Eurocopter EC135 T2 G-POLF North Weald Jetfest 2019 20 Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina G-PBYA North Weald Jetfest 2019 21 C-54 Skymaster 56498 North Weald Jetfest 2019 22 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot North Weald Jetfest 2019 23 Douglas C-47 Skytrain N473DC Drag Em Oot North Weald Jetfest 2019 lightbox gallery scriptby VisualLightBox.com v6.1

Comment - 'Bemused' I think is the overall reaction to a visit to the 2019 Jetfest at North Weald. I've been to many end of season fly-ins at North Weald over the years and it is always a quiet and enjoyable tonic to the coming winter months of no activity. I was bemused by the hype that the organisers used to sell the event and certainly by some of the pricing packages being offered, but, armed with a healthy dose of realism, we set off and I was happy to pay 15 to photograph some nice vintage jets. The weather obviously decimated both the fly-in and the Spitfire/Harvard/Tiger Moth operations of Aerolegends, something out of the organisers control but still, basically not much happened! It was good to get on the C-54 and chat to the team embarking on this significant restoration plus talk to the British Phantom Aviation Group on their latest project too and we did manage to while away 3 hours before calling it a day. However, I think the lesson to be learned is manage expectations - both before the event and during the event itself. Let's hope Jetfest 2020 learns and evolves.

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