I am a lapsed airshow goer. I must admit that a lot of the aircraft that I used to get excited about have, as we know, now disappeared from the skies.....and those sights that used to set the pulse racing seem to be fewer and far between. I present here a selection of images photographed ( I don't scan ) from slides, mostly Kodachrome and Velvia. I include the Vulcan from Old Warden in 2015, because this seemed to me to be the last link between how things used to be and how they are now. The anticipation and significance of the Vulcan's last few appearances was tangible, and between the two shows in July and October, those terrible events at Shoreham threatened to shake everything up still further. I was thrilled to see the Norwegian Starfighter take to the skies recently , but the reply I received from the team was really depressing. "We can't come to the UK without back-up from the original manufacturers, which obviously we don't have". I travelled to several airshows in 1985 to see "The Vikings" F104 team, a most thrilling sight, reminding me of when I first saw the Starfighters of "The Slivers" at Biggin Hill in 1972. The Vikings even displayed at Leicester with its short runway and managed a touch and go (which I will post in due course), and signed a photo for me at St Mawgan. I'm sure everyone's got their favourite airshow moments; Stefan Karwowski in the Bearcat pulling round in a tight low turn over the crowd at West Malling, the Flanker arriving with the TU.134 at Boscombe Down in 1992, Ray Hanna in MH434 diving down into the valley at Biggin Hill, the TU.95 AND IL76 arrival at Fairford, the Starfighters at Greenham Common 77, the 747 in formation with 10 WWII fighters at North Weald, Don Bullock in the B17........the list is endless. I wonder how many memorable moments they'll be this year ?
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