Vintage season ahead
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