Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby grant_w on Tue 01 May 2018, 8:42 am

On 30th June and 1st July, Aero Legends are putting on a Battle of Britain show at Headcorn

First wave of announcements:
Supermarine Spitfire NH341 'Elizabeth'
Supermarine Spitfire TD314 'St George'
Hawker Hurricane P3700
Hawker Hurricane P3717
North American Harvard 493209
de Havilland Tiger Moth K4259
de Havilland Tiger Moth G-PWBE
de Havilland Devon VP981
Thruxton Jackaroo
Percival Prentice VR259
Douglas C47 Dakota 'Drag 'em Oot'
Messerschmitt ME108

Tickets are available on Groupon at the moment, £9 for an adult weekend ticket
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Tue 01 May 2018, 10:12 am

Is this intended to be a proper show like 2016, or a whole lot of nothing like last year?
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby grant_w on Tue 01 May 2018, 10:25 am

It did say that was the first wave of announcements, are all Aero Legends, or associated with them, so I hope they will add to it.
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby Wbirdnut on Sat 19 May 2018, 9:22 pm

Hi folks just joined and visiting the UK from Oz this June/July, have a ticket
for the Saturday 30/6/18 show trying to work out when the flying actually
happens? Am I correct in saying the displays are from 2 to 5pm only?

Bit of a bucket list trip and have limited time and a non aeroplane wife so
want to make the most of my time seeing warbirds in the air.

Be grateful for any tips re the show as well, thank you................
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby Thommo95 on Mon 21 May 2018, 7:36 pm

Wbirdnut wrote:Hi folks just joined and visiting the UK from Oz this June/July, have a ticket
for the Saturday 30/6/18 show trying to work out when the flying actually
happens? Am I correct in saying the displays are from 2 to 5pm only?

Bit of a bucket list trip and have limited time and a non aeroplane wife so
want to make the most of my time seeing warbirds in the air.

Be grateful for any tips re the show as well, thank you................


Having been to both the 2015 and 2017 editions of the show, it is hard to say how this one will pan out seeing as those two shows were extremely different!

2015 saw a nice number of visiting warbirds, Blenheim, Buchons, Hurricanes and Spitfires expertly displayed, the final tail chase/ airfield attack sequence in the late afternoon sun was superb! 2017 never really lived up to the precedent set by the 2015 event with a lot promised and it not being delivered, such as the visiting Messerschmitt that sat on the ground all weekend having failed to gain its display authorisation in time and the repeat of the airfield attack never materialising!

Headcorn has the potential for some excellent photo opportunities if you a photographer, the sun is behind you all day and the background is uncluttered. There will be plenty of chance to see the warbirds that are present in the air with many going out throughout the day on local flights.

The current line-up is a good start I am just hoping that it is built upon to try and replicate the 2015 offering!

Hope this helps, and enjoy your time in the UK :cool:
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Mon 21 May 2018, 7:46 pm

Thommo95 wrote:The current line-up is a good start I am just hoping that it is built upon to try and replicate the 2015 offering!

Made some enquiries about this show recently and had a chat with someone involved in the planning and that is their intention. All being well, there should be more to come.
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby Wbirdnut on Mon 21 May 2018, 8:44 pm

Thommo95 wrote:
Wbirdnut wrote:
Headcorn has the potential for some excellent photo opportunities if you a photographer, the sun is behind you all day and the background is uncluttered. There will be plenty of chance to see the warbirds that are present in the air with many going out throughout the day on local flights.

The current line-up is a good start I am just hoping that it is built upon to try and replicate the 2015 offering!

Hope this helps, and enjoy your time in the UK :cool:


Thanks Thommo95, I'm grateful. From what I can make out from the shows site
all the flying occurs in the afternoon. My wife is not so keen on the old aeroplane
thing so I'm hoping if you show up at lunch time you won't have missed much?
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby Thommo95 on Mon 21 May 2018, 9:10 pm

Wbirdnut wrote:
Thommo95 wrote:
Wbirdnut wrote:
Headcorn has the potential for some excellent photo opportunities if you a photographer, the sun is behind you all day and the background is uncluttered. There will be plenty of chance to see the warbirds that are present in the air with many going out throughout the day on local flights.

The current line-up is a good start I am just hoping that it is built upon to try and replicate the 2015 offering!

Hope this helps, and enjoy your time in the UK :cool:


Thanks Thommo95, I'm grateful. From what I can make out from the shows site
all the flying occurs in the afternoon. My wife is not so keen on the old aeroplane
thing so I'm hoping if you show up at lunch time you won't have missed much?


Yes based on the previous editions, flying starts around 2PM, I have gotten there early to get at the front to get an unobstructed view. The show ground area does get fairly busy but I don't see why arriving around midday would be an issue.
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby grant_w on Tue 22 May 2018, 6:47 am

...apart from traffic problems which always occur.
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby grant_w on Mon 11 Jun 2018, 5:38 pm

Latest list:

Spitfire TD314 'St George'
Spitfire NH341 'Elizabeth'
Spitfire BM597
Spitfire RR232 'City of Exeter'
BBMF Spitfire
BBMF Hurricane
Hurricane P3717
Hurricane P3700
Hispano Buchon BF109
Texan T6G
Harvard 4
Percival Prentice
de Havilland Devon
Douglas Dakota 'Drag em Oot'
de Havilland Tiger Moth (x2)
Thruxton Jackaroo

More still to come too apparently
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby lynothehammer on Tue 12 Jun 2018, 4:38 pm

Looking good, it's the first time i'll have been can anyone recommend where abouts to sit ?
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby grant_w on Wed 13 Jun 2018, 7:15 am

lynothehammer wrote:Looking good, it's the first time i'll have been can anyone recommend where abouts to sit ?


It'll be a decent view wherever you sit really. I think they try to centre the display on/near the big trees on the other side of the runway, so anywhere opposite them should be fine. They do usually park up the participants in front of the crowd though, so you will have to be lucky if you get something parked right in front of you and not be able to see the runway properly.
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby lynothehammer on Sun 17 Jun 2018, 12:30 pm

grant_w wrote:
lynothehammer wrote:Looking good, it's the first time i'll have been can anyone recommend where abouts to sit ?


It'll be a decent view wherever you sit really. I think they try to centre the display on/near the big trees on the other side of the runway, so anywhere opposite them should be fine. They do usually park up the participants in front of the crowd though, so you will have to be lucky if you get something parked right in front of you and not be able to see the runway properly.


Thank you, looking forward to it now...
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby Anthony7 on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 9:07 pm

Does anyone know of timings? What time are gates, flying etc?
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 9:13 pm

Anthony7 wrote:Does anyone know of timings? What time are gates, flying etc?

All the info is here - http://www.headcornevents.co.uk/Events/Battle%20of%20Britain%20Air%20Show/
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby Anthony7 on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 9:25 pm

Brilliant thank you
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby Costar1198 on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 9:43 pm

Should really start going down Headcorn again, quite local and quite a spectacle whatever show you're at, specially liking the close proximity of the runway, damn I remember going down in 2010 as a young one and hearing the sheer racket the Harvard made on the roll... That and seeing the Little and Large pair in 2013 (again a lot of noise), was truly something that will stay in my mind forever. The lineup for this show looks pretty good, although given how busy home life is at the moment I doubt I'll be able to make it, but shall try my best, if not there's always the Southern Model Show or Combined ops.
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby lynothehammer on Tue 26 Jun 2018, 9:10 pm

grant_w wrote:
More still to come too apparently


Any idea if there is still more to come before the weekend ? :)
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby tankbuster81 on Wed 27 Jun 2018, 8:49 am

The DC3 is already at Headcorn, but dosen't show for the flying display? I wonder whose ME109, we may get? would be nice to see more added, but i imagine it's doubtful at this late stage.
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Wed 27 Jun 2018, 9:32 am

tankbuster81 wrote:The DC3 is already at Headcorn, but dosen't show for the flying display? I wonder whose ME109, we may get? would be nice to see more added, but i imagine it's doubtful at this late stage.

Buchon from Duxford. One assumes ARCo, given their links with AeroLegends. It's not landing.
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby 8674planes on Wed 27 Jun 2018, 4:11 pm

Buchon is G-AWHM "Yellow 7" from Air Leasing
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby grant_w on Wed 27 Jun 2018, 8:46 pm

From Facebook:

Display 1:
GBWEF Stampe
GOODE Stampe
GAWEF Stampe
GBPLM Stampe
GAOIR Jackaroo
GANMO Tiger Moth
GPWBE Tiger Moth

Display 2:
N473DC C47 Dakota
GDDMV Texan
GTVIJ Harvard

Display 3:
GHITT Hurricane
GHURI Hurricane
GMKVB Spitfire
GCICK Spitfire
GCGYJ Spitfire
MK356 Spitfire
LF363 Hurricane

Display 4:
GDHDV Devon
GCGYJ Spitfire
GCICK Spitfire

Display 5:
GAWHM Buchon
GCGYJ Spitfire

Display 6:
N473DC C47 Dakota
GAPJB Prentice
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Sat 30 Jun 2018, 7:22 pm

Very enjoyable day today. Plenty of warbird action. The flying was mostly high and distant flypasts, with the BBMF actually outperforming civilian warbirds, but the setting and the proximity to the aircraft for ground and runway shots is excellent and more than worth the ticket price.

Worth a look tomorrow if you're short of something to do.
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby McG on Sat 30 Jun 2018, 8:25 pm

Agreed about the BBMF Spitfire. Good display with some nice topside passes.
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Re: Aero Legends Battle of Britain Show - Headcorn

Postby Wbirdnut on Sun 01 Jul 2018, 6:43 am

Flew all the way from OZ, doing a tour of the UK with my wife, she allowed me to
devert our journey to this beautiful location. Stunning day with equally stunning
subject matter. The crowds are not quite what we are used to, was that crowded
or was that normal for such an event? Here's the best of a bad bunch, fairly new
to the airshow photo game, purchased a new long lens just for this trip.

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