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Duxford Air Festival 2017

 

Duxford Airshow

Image courtesy of Bob Franklin.

 

Duxford Air Festival 2017

One of the first air shows of the season, the spring show at Duxford, as usual over two days, celebrating one hundred years of aviation at RAF Duxford. As usual, Duxford drew a varied selection of aircraft from the UK, but also had some interesting aircraft from overseas. Because of high winds some of the smaller aircraft and the Falcons parachute team were unable to display on Saturday. One of the favorite things at Duxford is the flight line walk which enables the public to get up close and personal with the aircraft and get that special shot, and as an added bonus this year, there was one of the Osprey tilt rotor aircraft from RAF Mildenhall parked very close to an Apache helicopter from RAF Wattisham, both aircraft were open to the public with crew members in attendance.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2017

Image courtesy of Chris Cannon.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2017

Image courtesy of Chris Cannon.

 

The Parachute Regiment's Freefall Display Team, the Red Devils, jumped from a Britten-Norman Islander on Sunday, thankfully without having any problems with the wind, landing along the crowdline to give more people a chance to see them. During the display Cpl Mike French jumped with the Regimental Flag and LCpl Chris Sharman descended with a 2,000 Sq Ft Union Flag and, of course, taking the salute at the end of the display.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2017

 

The main fast jets were the Rafale Solo Display from the French Air Force, Capt Jean-Guillaume "Marty" Martinez, in his second year as the Rafale solo display pilot, gave a fast moving action packed display, never out of the view of spectators.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2017

 

Another highlight was the Sea Vixen. 'Foxy Lady' The Duxford Air Festival's Saturday display was consequently its inaugural public appearance of the year and the first display of the season. The display by Cdr Simon Hargreaves was superb, but unfortunately the aircraft suffered a hydraulic failure when it returned to base at RNAS Yeovilton and made a wheels-up landing. The aircraft had damage to the underside, and was inevitably not able to return to display at Duxford on Sunday. But the pilot's skill in getting the aircraft back on the ground limited the damage and he was able to walk away unharmed.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2017

 

The RAF's sole appearance was the first public display by the new Typhoon FGR4 display pilot, Flt Lt Ryan Lawton, as always, the Typhoon is a popular participant with plenty of smoke, afterburners and noise.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2017

 

Another first for Duxford was the Norwegian Spitfire Foundation's Noorduyn UC-64 Norseman, the first appearence of this aircraft at a UK airshow, it is always nice to see something new at Duxford.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2017

 

Richard Grace and Dave Puleston in their yellow and black Pitts S-1D Specials are the Trig Team. Their close-formation aerobatics are always fast moving and a display that is worth watching.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2017

 

Other aircraft displaying at the show included the Great War Display Team, Strikemaster/Jet Provest pair, and the Breitling Wingwalkers to name a few.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2017

 

The Duxford Air Show 2017

 

The Duxford Air Show 2017

 

The Duxford Air Show 2017

 

Items of special interest were the DeHavilland Comet, Percival Mew Gull and Percival Mew Gull Replica.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2017

 

The Duxford Air Show 2017

 

As usual, some of Duxford's residents were in the display, namely, Sally B the Flying Fortress, the Mustang (Miss Velma), the Museum's Spitfire Mk 1a and Plane Sailing's Catalina.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2017

 

The Duxford Air Show 2017

 

The Duxford Air Show 2017

 

The Duxford Air Show 2017

 

With something in the region of five hours of flying and displays, and all the other attractions at the IWM at Duxford, a nice turn out for the first show of the season at Duxford.

All images courtesy of Bob Franklin unless otherwise stated.