Cold War Jets at Bruntingthorpe
One of aviation’s best kept secrets is no longer the hidden treasure it used to be! Visitors to the Cold War Jets Day at Bruntingthorpe on 29 May were queuing out of the gates way ahead of the official opening time and continued to stream into the event, quickly filling the car parks. The cold and breezy, slightly damp morning did not appear to dampen their enthusiasm or enjoyment of the early proceedings and the weather did improve as the day wore on.
Early runs were made up and down the long runway by a number of Jet Provost and L-29 jets, followed by the Canberra B(I)8 WT333 and two Buccaneers XW544 and XX900, the latter running almost side-by-side created lots of smoke and noise — just what the visitors wanted! Next on the runway was Victor XM715 driven by Bob Tuxford, who pulled its braking parachute during the run. Then it was the turn of a pair of Hawker Hunters, regular runner T7 XL565 with GA11 WT806 making its first public appearance.
When it comes to noise, there really is only one contender — the Lightning — and XR728 performed with the ground shaking as it accelerated away from the audience, complete with blue shock waves in the engine intake. The finale was reserved for VC10 K4 ZD241 driven by Chris Haywood and Ollie Suckling, which did not disappoint the expectant audience. Holding on its brakes at the start of the run, the smoke and noise were deafening before demonstrating its amazing acceleration along the runway. Oh, the Conway roar! The next event is scheduled for Sunday 28 August 2016. Report & photos Keith Wilson