Big effort at Little Gransden
Dave Poile and colleagues produced a magnificent Air & Car Show at Little Gransden, Mark Jefferies’ farm airfield on 27 August. From small beginnings 25 years ago, with a handful of cars and a single flying display, it has grown to be one of the country’s top, entirely volunteer-run airshows. This year there were over 300 classic, vintage and ex-military vehicles, sixty aircraft in the static and flying displays, and a host of ground attractions set to raise money for ‘Children in Need’ and local charities. The 2017 event missed the considerable efforts of Adrian Hamilton, a stalwart of the organising team for fifteen years or so, who sadly died last year.
The four-hour afternoon air display kicked off with Ray Corstin giving an energetic performance in the T-28A Fennec G-TROY. From one radial engine to two, Nick Houghton gave his first public display in the shining Beech D-18S G-BKGL. Denis Neville’s Flying Circus is always popular at Little Gransden with the Chipmunk, Jackaroo, Tiger Moth, Queen Bee and Emeraude performing balloon bursting, streamer (toilet roll!) cutting and double limbos. With the BBMF Lancaster grounded, its place was admirably taken by the B-17 Sally B flown by Peter Kuypers. John Romain received applause from the crowd after a beautiful display in the Blenheim — one of the afternoon’s highlights. Broussard, Jungmann. Harvard, Stearman, Bird Dog and Yak 3 warbirds all performed, and Tony De Bruyn ‘called in for tea’ on his way home to Belgium. On the civil side, the locallybased Spartan Executives flew a close formation routine, Mark Jefferies and the Global Stars made intricate smoke patterns in the clear blue sky, as did Lauren Richardson in Bob Grimstead’s RF4D motor-glider and Peter Davies in his gyrating Calidus. If you want to visit a crowd-friendly, inexpensive (where else will you get a programme for £1 and a cup of tea for £1.25), entertaining air & car show next summer, then Little Gransden on 26 August should be in your 2018 diary.
John Romain in the Blenheim
Excellent first public display by Nick Houghton in his Beech 18