For the last years, Bronco Demo Team has always been welcome at the Abingdon Air & Country show, and so the 2013 edition could not be missed. Although we were not able to come with a Bronco, Thomas and Tony flew in on the Marchetti to take part in the static display. A nice line-up was made of trainer aircraft, a Chipmunk and three Marchetti’s, two Belgian ones and an ex-Italian Air Force example.
The event takes place on Sunday, and next to the flying and static aircraft also a nice variety of other items can be found, like farm animals, old-timer cars and many interesting venues, an ideal family day out. In the morning it was time to set up our Bronco Demo Team stand, and raise the flags. It was really nice to have so many fans coming by to say hello and having a friendly chat! We were also honored by a visit from the Breitling Wingwalkers, Dave, Martyn, Stella and Daniella. It was with the Breitling Wingwalker and Jet Teams that Bronco 99+32 was flying the day before the accident. It was heartwarming to get together again so soon and in such good spirits!
While in the morning a lot of aircraft arrived for the show, the flying display started in the early afternoon. Neil Porter and his team did a great job with arranging a mix of aircraft taking part in the show. On the static line some rare military birds could be found with the highlight being the Polish Navy M-28, next to a RAF Merlin, Belgian Marchetti and Dutch PC-7 trainer.
Flying display started in the afternoon, and the weather was perfect for flying, a nice blue sky with some fluffy clouds forming the ideal background. Opening the show was of course the EC-135 helicopter of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, which made some nice passes. Solo displays were performed in the Twister, Bulldog, T-28, P-51, T-6, Hurricane, Gnat and Jet Provost. The enthusiasts of large propeller aircraft were also treated with the DC-3 and the RAF Lancaster. Formation flying were performed by the RV-8tors and the always nice to see Breitling Wingwalkers. During the afternoon a rare passage by a RAF Tristar could be enjoyed. The afternoon flying display was concluded with an awesome aerobatic display of the Lynx Helicopter.
Around 9000 people enjoyed this great event supporting the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. We also had a great time, and we hope to be back next year with the Bronco. Many thanks to Neil Porter and his team of volunteers for organizing this excellent event, and inviting us to the venue!

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