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This year’s LAA In­ter­na­tional Rally at Sy­well, 31 Au­gust – 2 Septem­ber 2018 was a record­breaker in more ways than one. The weather over the three days was ex­cep­tion­ally good, en­abling nearly one thou­sand air­craft to fly in and over 4,500 peo­ple to visit the largest ever ex­hi­bi­tion area.

Vin­tage and clas­sic air­craft were well rep­re­sented in both LAA and com­mer­cial ground dis­plays, and amongst the daily in­va­sion of a huge va­ri­ety of mostly sin­gle-engined types. There was a spe­cial gath­er­ing of rac­ing air­craft which in­cluded Shut­tle­worth’s fa­mous Mew Gull G-AEXF and replica G-HEKL; Com­per Swift G-ECTF, win­ner of the Best Replica Air­craft award; Cos­mic Wind G-ARUL; Cas­sutt Racer G-LEFT; Tay­lor Titch G-AYZH and newly re­stored Chilton DW1A G-AFSV, which is ex­pected to fly soon.

There was an im­pres­sive gath­er­ing of Miles air­craft over the week­end− mes­sen­gers G-AKBO and ’KIN, Gem­i­nis G-AKHP and ’KKB, and the newly-ar­rived Mer­cury OY-ALW, which took cen­tre stage.

Jez Cooke showed the bright red-painted Travel Air Mys­tery Ship ‘R’ to ad­van­tage when he de­parted the rally on Satur­day morn­ing as the sim­i­larly coloured, tiny Tipsy Trainer G-AISA ar­rived. There was a plethora of ‘war­birds’ rang­ing from a line-up of vis­it­ing L-birds−piper Grasshop­pers and Aeronca Chiefs, pro­mot­ing next sum­mer’s 75th an­niver­sary of the D-day gath­er­ing in Nor­mandy, to Stow Maries’ replica Sop­with Pup A653, a pair of Ti­tan Mus­tangs from Shob­don, ex-span­ish AF Jung­meis­ter G-CIJV and French

Navy-marked Mo­rane Saulnier MS317 G-MOSA. The com­ings and go­ings from Air Leas­ing’s two hangars pro­vided added in­ter­est, P-47D Thun­der­bolt G-THUN

Nel­lie be­ing well pho­tographed as it tax­ied out and took off for a dis­play. Air­craft en­thu­si­asts were pleased to get sight of the three air­wor­thy HA1112 Buchóns G-AWHC, ’WHH and ’WHM plus three more air­frames in the hangars, when the doors were opened.

In the vis­it­ing air­craft park, set aside from the long lines of Vans, Jodels and Europas was a scat­ter­ing of Chip­munks, Bull­dogs, Tiger Moths and Austers wear­ing their for­mer or rep­re­sen­ta­tive mil­i­tary mark­ings. Par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive was Auster J/5 Au­to­car G-ARKG re­splen­dent in Royal Aus­tralian Navy mark­ings as A11-301.

Nigel Lemon’s im­mac­u­late DH60G Moth Ma­jor G-ACGZ was awarded the PPS Tro­phy for the Best Moth at the rally.

ABOVE: Jez Cooke de­part­ing in the Travel Air Mys­tery Ship ‘R’

Replica Sop­with Pup A653 was roaded in from Stow Maries

Gem­ini G-AKHP ar­riv­ing at Sy­well on 1 Septem­ber

Im­pa­tient Vir­gin, a colour­ful ‘high back’ Ti­tan T-51B Mus­tang scale replica

DH60G G-ACGZ was judged the rally’s Best Moth

Auster Au­to­car painted in Royal Aus­tralian Navy mark­ings

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