A busy weekend opening our 2017 airshow tour
of Europe started in Duxford, legendary for its warbird collections and
the Imperial War Museum. Weather was fantastic with blue skies and really
hot temperatures. Tony and Edith arrived at the historic airfield on Thursday
for practice displays and to revalidate the Display Authorisation with
the UK CAA. Further training was conducted on Friday. In the evening the
ground team arrived, ready for a busy weekend.
On Saturday morning, our merchandise stand was
set up with a whole array of new “Bringing Poppies from Flanders Fields”
gadgets. On both days the OV-10 Bronco was to open the show at the Duxford
Air Festival, as the Duxford May airshow is now called. The airplane proudly
showed off its newly acquired Poppies and “Lest we forget” message
against the stark blue skies. The Bronco departed straight from the display
slot to display at the Skylive airshow at Durham Tees Valley airport in
north east England.
On Sunday the wind was much less a factor then
the day before, making it quite warm. After the display the Bronco was refueled
and took off again shortly after to Volkel in the Netherlands. A fourth
display of the weekend was flown late afternoon at the “Volkel in
de Wolken” airshow. Later that evening on, the way back home flypasts
were made at Weelde, Zoersel and Antwerp Airport where the annual “Stampe
Fly-In” airshow had just finished. The whole team arrived home on
Sunday evening to conclude a fantastic weekend, blessed with great weather.
A great start of the 2017 season!