Pining for the Naughty Field: DanO inside Duxford...

Pining for the Naughty Field: DanO inside Duxford...

Postby Dan O'Hagan on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 9:48 pm

Like half of the country's population, I decided to catch the two recently-arrived Mustangs at Duxford today, and within minutes of arriving realised why I gave up visiting airshows at this venue years ago. The flying rehearsals redefined the word "distant", and any nagging doubt about whether I should buy a show ticket had been extinguished long before noon! Still, warbirds are warbirds and there were some gems to be seen.

And The Horsemen's display is genuinely excellent. The formation flying is almost superhuman. Plus Frenesi and Berlin Express have to be seen to be believed.

Did anyone else see the Comet's extremely bouncy landing? A sheepish Paul Stone parked her up way down the Tank Bank end, and Dodge Bailey arrived with Shuttleworth engineers to give the undercarriage a very thorough inspection. I'd not be at all surprised if she was poorly for the weekend now.

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Always a pleasure to spend a day at an airfield with the Butchers, and good to see Screechy and the Vintage Aviation Echo troops.
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Re: Pining for the Naughty Field: DanO inside Duxford...

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Sat 08 Jul 2017, 4:35 am

A nice selection, a few in there I didn't even raise the camera for.

I found it rather slow going and expected a bit more from today in all honesty - not sure if this was an unusually low key day or if it's always pretty much as we got, but the day before Legends has built up a pretty decent reputation over the past few years. Maybe I expected too much? Our uncanny ability to be in the worst position at every key moment probably didn't help matters.
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Postby Pen Pusher on Sat 08 Jul 2017, 5:43 am

LN Strike Eagle wrote:not sure if this was an unusually low key day or if it's always pretty much as we got,


Based on previous years, yesterday was very busy.

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Re: Pining for the Naughty Field: DanO inside Duxford...

Postby Ryan. on Sat 08 Jul 2017, 6:19 am

Pen Pusher wrote:
LN Strike Eagle wrote:not sure if this was an unusually low key day or if it's always pretty much as we got,


Based on previous years, yesterday was very busy.

Brian


Have to agree, been the last four or five years and this year was probably the busiest.

Some nice moments as well this year, the Blenheim's arrival back to Duxford from the M-11 end was certainly closer than it got at Shuttleworth last weekend, albeit one pass.

I also thought the Comet had a particularly hard time. Bounced about all over the place.
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Postby LN Strike Eagle on Sat 08 Jul 2017, 10:32 am

Pen Pusher wrote:
LN Strike Eagle wrote:not sure if this was an unusually low key day or if it's always pretty much as we got,


Based on previous years, yesterday was very busy.

Brian

That surprises me. My expectations were clearly way off.
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Postby AlexC on Sat 08 Jul 2017, 11:47 am

Frenesi looks superb! Looks like she's been restored standard spec., (well, as near standard as is possible I'd suppose) ie without the passenger seat that you see in many P-51D's these days. :up:
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Postby RedEagle on Sat 08 Jul 2017, 8:05 pm

Love 109s. Hate Buchons.
But Mein Gott! Black 8 looks fantastic in its new scheme
......and it's delightfully worn and dirty!! :clap:
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Postby CJS on Tue 11 Jul 2017, 9:45 am

The last one is super :clap: :up:
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Re: Pining for the Naughty Field: DanO inside Duxford...

Postby wallace on Thu 20 Jul 2017, 10:06 am

That's a nice set of photos you have there.

I don't think that I will ever go to another Duxford Air Show. Too many people, taking the same photos, at the same place, of the same aircraft, at the same instant in time, same, same, same...
A scrum for a half decent place to take photos, paying for expensive food at an expensive venue.
Sorry if this offends some but it is just not for me and if it is for you than I am truly pleased for you that you can get some entertainment out of it as I know lots do.

I've seen the Horsemen and I'd agree, spectacular flying.
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Postby TKK 140 on Fri 21 Jul 2017, 9:53 pm

wallace wrote:That's a nice set of photos you have there.

I don't think that I will ever go to another Duxford Air Show. Too many people, taking the same photos, at the same place, of the same aircraft, at the same instant in time, same, same, same...
A scrum for a half decent place to take photos, paying for expensive food at an expensive venue.
Sorry if this offends some but it is just not for me and if it is for you than I am truly pleased for you that you can get some entertainment out of it as I know lots do.

I've seen the Horsemen and I'd agree, spectacular flying.



The thing is I get that some prefer other venues and your qualification that it's your view is perfecty acceptable.
It's easy to take pictures without the need to get into the scrum, but pretty much most venues are like that these days. Take the bend areas at OW, it's usually full before the official opening time and also take the short flight line at Yeovilton for example. There is no need to pay for expensive and trashy food either with a cool bag picnic. Most venues charge above the going rate for food. Duxford is up with the highest.

It is the constant "I am right" attitude of some who only seem to be able to take easy picking ground shots that grate. There's many a good flying shot to be had at Duxford for some of the dedicated photographers, several of which are posted by them here. I am not displeased at the removal of the clutter of the free loaders in the background of the fields. Just my view.
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