Way back when as a young kid, a few mates and I would dream about the sights, sounds and smells of these aircraft while patiently building our own air force of plastic models of the era. (But only when we had saved enough pocket money !).
To be lucky enough to see so many in one place and actually flying was an unbelievable experience for Jo and I, let alone the history behind each plane matched by the dedication and money needed to rebuild and keep them flying.
Hope you can sense a small part of the “buzz” that was there on the day from the following photo’s, I know my sisters will 🙂
And thank you to the kind gentleman who donated one of his complementry passes to us, that topped off a great day……
Hawker Sea Fury – In Australian Navel form, they were used by the Australian Navy from 1949 to 1953
Line of Mustangs
One of many in period dress for the airshow
Period gear from the day
Blenheim at rest
Living the dream !
A happy guy in the cockpit of the B17
Radial engine from a Halifax Bomber
A close look at a Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 with giant supercharger bolted to the rear
Spitfires in Action
B17 & Mustang flying over the parked Mitchell Bomber
Spitfires in a row – 15 Spitfires were flying on the day, unbelievable
Laurel and Hardy made a surprise visit
Pair of Spitfires on take off
Boeing B17 being towed in to position before heading to the grass airfield for take off
Some of the crowd for the day
Getting down low for a look !
Not the place to be – Tail gunner of the B17 Bomber
Spitfires peeling off after a low level pass
Corsair – The sound of 18 cylinder double radial engine is something to behold !
1942 built Spitfire Mk Vb
F4U-Corsair with distinctive wing style
Curtiss Hawk in action
Pair of Mustangs doing their thing
Junkers Ju52 fires up !
Spitfire pass by, beautiful sound of a Rolls-Royce Merlin V12
Unbelievable sound and sight – B17 on take off
Boeing B-17 Bomber with flyby smoke trail
Junkers JU52 lumbers away
Mustang pulling away from the B17
Messerschmitt Bf109 taxi’s by
Hawker Hurricane MkII ready for take off
Grumman Wildcat underway
Hispano HA-112 Buchan. Basically a Messerschmitt Bf109 with a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine built in Spain for their own airforce in 1950. Now painted in German colours
Up they go – Hurricane and Spitfire
Grumman Advenger Torpedo Plane
Spitfire taxi”s past after landing
P51 Mustang idling by
Corsair – Idling back to it’s parking spot
Supermarine Spitfires in tight formation
A 2 seater Spitfire ? Served in WW2 and was converted to a 2 seater in 1950 for the Irish Air Corps as an advanced trainer
A low pass – 3 Messerschmitt Bf109’s
Curtis Warhawks taking to the air
What a sight ! A Lockeed P38 Lightning and a Mitchell B25 Bomber