Victory Show 2024, Cosby - 30th August - 1st September

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Victory Show 2024, Cosby - 30th August - 1st September

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Fighter Aviation Engineering Ltd's Model 12 Electra Junior G-AFTL and Mustang 'Jersey Jerk' are the first confirmed participants on the show's Facebook page...
** Confirmed - Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September - Lockheed 12A Electra G-AFTL **
Said to be one of the world’s most historic photo-reconnaissance aircraft still in existence today, Lockheed 12A Electra Junior G-AFTL completed its first post restoration flight from Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire in the hands of Pete Kynsey on March 27, 2023. Two civil Lockheed 12s ordered by British Airways Ltd. were actually intended for covert military reconnaissance flights. Sidney Cotton modified these aircraft for aerial photography and in civilian guise, overflew and surreptitiously photographed many German and Italian military installations during the months preceding World War II.
The Lockheed Model 12 Electra Junior, more commonly known as the Lockheed 12 or L-12, is an eight-seat, six-passenger all-metal twin-engine transport aircraft of the late 1930s designed for use by small airlines, companies, and wealthy private individuals. A smaller version of the Lockheed Model 10 Electra, the Lockheed 12 was not popular as an airliner but was widely used as a corporate and government transport.
Frederick Sidney Cotton OBE (17 June 1894 – 13 February 1969) was an Australian inventor, photographer and aviation and photography pioneer, responsible for developing and promoting an early colour film process, and largely responsible for the development of photographic reconnaissance before and during World War II. He numbered among his close friends George Eastman, Ian Fleming and Winston Churchill.
Aircraft Type: Lockheed 12A Electra Junior
Year of Manufacture: 1936
Powered by: 2 x Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior
Colour scheme: Civilian scheme as under Frederick Sidney Cotton ownership.
See it at The Victory Show - Friday 30th August - Sunday 1st September 2024. Foxlands Farm, Croft Road, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1SG. Gates open at 9am daily. Tickets can be purchased in advance via our website thevictoryshow.co.uk
** Confirmed - Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September **
P-51D Mustang 'Jersey Jerk'
Designed to meet an RAF requirement for fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-51 Mustang was first flown on October 26th, 1940. This versatile aircraft was capable of escorting bombers on long-range missions, engaging in dogfights, and dropping down to destroy German targets on the ground. At least eight versions of the P-51 were produced, but it was the definitive P-51D that gave the Mustang its classic warbird appearance. Britain and the US both tested the airframe with the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, which gave the aircraft tremendous performance gains. The Truman Senate War Investigating Committee called the Mustang "the most aerodynamically perfect pursuit plane in existence."
During WWII Major Donald Strait was assigned to the 361st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group, 8th USAAF. During his 2 combat tours Strait flew 122 missions scoring 13.5 victories making him the 356th FG top Ace. 10.5 victories were scored in a P-51 Mustang. The P-51 Major Strait is best known for was his “Jersey Jerk” 44-15152. In late 1944 he became the CO of the 361st FS. After WWII he joined the New Jersey Air National Guard and became a Squadron Commander and Wing Commander. His other achievements were graduating Air War College, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the AF Reserve and ROTC Affairs, retired as a Major General in 1978. He was decorated 9 times and the final honour was induction into the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame.
See it at The Victory Show - Friday 30th August - Sunday 1st September 2024. Foxlands Farm, Croft Road, Cosby, Leicester, LE9 1SG. Gates open at 9am daily. Tickets can be purchased in advance via our website thevictoryshow.co.uk
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Re: Victory Show 2024, Cosby - 30th August - 1st September

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Hawker Fury FB.11 G-CBEL now confirmed...

** Confirmed - Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September – Hawker Fury FB.11 **
The Hawker Fury FB.11 is a British fighter aircraft designed and manufactured by Hawker. It was the last propeller-driven fighter to serve with the Royal Navy, and one of the fastest production single piston-engined aircraft ever built. Developed during the Second World War, the Fury entered service two years after the war ended. The Fury proved to be a popular aircraft with a number of overseas militaries and was used during the Korean War in the early 1950s, as well as against the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba.
This Fury, construction number 37539 was produced by Hawker’s as a Fury ISS – Iraqi Single Seat for the Iraqi Air Force, as part of contract number 53/1/012 for 60 aircraft and was numbered 315 within this production batch. The aircraft was brought to Orlando, Florida, USA from Iraq in 1979 by Ed Jurist and David Tallichet. In 1989 the aircraft passed to Coleman Warbird Museum, Coleman, Texas where it was rebuilt to airworthy condition, before flying again in April 1991. She was imported back into the UK from Australia, and she was re-registered as G-CBEL.

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