Cold War Jets at Brunt­ingth­orpe

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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

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