Vin­tage sea­son ahead

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With the 2017 fly-in and air­show sea­son un­der­way there are al­ready wel­come signs that more pre-1967 clas­sic and vin­tage air­craft will be out and about this year, pro­vided the weather is kind. On St Ge­orge’s Day (23 April) the LAA Wes­sex Strut is hold­ing its 40th An­niver­sary Fly-in at Hen­stridge, Som­er­set. In­clud­ing the first ‘Meet the LAA Day’ this year will make this event a fo­cus for home­builds, vin­tage and veteran air­craft, par­tic­u­larly from the south and west of Eng­land. Visit www.wes­sexstrut.org.uk for de­tails.

The Ra­dial and Trainer Fly-in is mov­ing from Sy­well to Wolver­hamp­ton Half­penny Green this year over the week­end 29-30 April where it will be ex­tended to make it into a fam­ily wings and wheels style event un­der the ti­tle Ra­di­als Train­ers & Transport 2017. The or­gan­is­ers make it clear that it is not a fly­ing dis­play but a ‘themed fly-in with an eclec­tic mix of ground ex­hibits and at­trac­tions’. The own­ers of a very im­pres­sive list of air­craft (in­clud­ing nu­mer­ous Yaks, Har­vards, Reliants, Beech 18s, Stear­mans, Austers, Bull­dogs and Pups) have in­di­cated their in­ten­tions (sub­ject to the weather) to fly in. Ad­mis­sion for pedes­tri­ans is just £5. Fur­ther de­tails see www.half­pen­ny­green­events.co.uk Some of the above air­craft are ex­pected to at­tend the Vin­tage Air­craft Club’s Spring Fly-in at Tur­we­ston on Sat­ur­day 29 April. Full de­tails of the VAC’S 2017 cal­en­dar of events see www.vin­tageair­craft­club.org.uk

Shut­tle­worth’s 2017 fly­ing days at Old War­den get un­der way with the Sea­son Pre­miere on 7 May, the first item of which will be a trib­ute to Alex Hen­shaw and his record break­ing Mew Gull. The full line-up of par­tic­i­pants, that in­cludes the re­paired Sop­with Tri­plane that was back in the air on 13 March 2017 fol­low­ing its ac­ci­dent in June 2014, can be seen at www.shut­tle­worth. org/events/sea­son­premiere. A week later on Sun­day 14 May the ever pop­u­lar Abing­don Air & Coun­try Show is tak­ing place. Vis­i­tors will find that the show­ground has been switched to the east side of the for­mer RAF air­field so the fly­ing will take place to the west and away from the built-up area. Once again Neil Porter and his team have pulled in some fas­ci­nat­ing air­craft in­clud­ing the CAC Boomerang replica for its UK air­show de­but, P-51, T-28, BBMF and hope­fully the Sea Vixen. Full de­tails at www. abing­don­airand­coun­try.co.uk

Tom Leaver’s Travel Air will be at the Hen­stridge fly-in on 23 April

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