Lit­tle and large

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS -

Over 50,000 peo­ple streamed through the gates to at­tend the RAF Cos­ford Air Show on Sun­day 11 June, while 36 miles due west at Welsh­pool Air­port in mid-wales a much smaller crowd was ar­riv­ing for the an­nual Bob Jones Me­mo­rial Air­show. De­spite a strong wind and some rain show­ers both air­shows pre­sented an ex­cel­lent mix of par­tic­i­pants, with sev­eral ap­pear­ing at both lo­ca­tions. The much smaller eleven-item fam­ily air­show at Welsh­pool, like Cos­ford, lost its head­line Sea Vixen, but the re­place­ment Bronco flown by Tony de Bruyn gave an out­stand­ing dis­play, as did Lau­ren Richard­son in her Pitts S1S and Will Green­wood in his YAK-3UA. Crazy fly­ing by Bob Pooler in the Aviat Husky, Pete Davies per­form­ing an ex­tra­or­di­nary se­quence in his Calidus and the ‘Old Bück­ers’ Jung­meis­ter and Jung­mann pair from Sleap were all no­table crowd-pleasers. The SAR demon­stra­tion by Andy White­house in the yel­low Whirl­wind HAR10 fit­ted well into the com­pact Welsh air­field. The Red Ar­rows man­aged its sched­uled fly­past but the BBMF’S Spit­fires were beaten by the weather. www.welsh­poolair­port.co.uk

On a much big­ger scale, the six-hour in­ter­na­tional fly­ing dis­play at RAF Cos­ford with its rare ap­pear­ances by a USAF B-1B Lancer and B-52H Strato­fortress, this sea­son’s first for­ma­tion dis­play by a quar­tet of BBMF fight­ers (three Spit­fires and a Hur­ri­cane), re­turn of B-17 Fly­ing Fortress Sally B, de­but of the Strike­mas­ter and Jet Provost pair, Bell UH-1H Huey and Hughes OH-6A, catered for a wide range of avi­a­tion in­ter­ests. The Hartree Me­mo­rial Tro­phy, for the best fly­ing dis­play was given to the Swiss PC-7 Team for its im­mac­u­lately flown for­ma­tion dis­play while the Ital­ian AF Tor­nado re­ceived an award for its stun­ning paint scheme. Be­ing the home of No 1 School of Tech­ni­cal Train­ing there was an abun­dance of Jaguars and other re­tired front-line air­craft on static dis­play and the RAF Mu­seum added Typhoon fore­run­ner the BAE EAP and Hur­ri­cane IIC LF738 to the ex­ten­sive line-up. As the only air­show pro­vided by the RAF at one of its bases this year it was deemed a great suc­cess on all counts. www.cos­for­dair­show.co.uk

Tony de Bruyn dis­play­ing at Welsh­pool Above: the SAR demon­stra­tion by Andy White­house in his Whirl­wind HAR10 was a pop­u­lar item at Cos­ford and Welsh­pool The ‘Big Buff’ fly­ing through at Cos­ford Award-win­ning Ital­ian Air Force Tor­nado First for­ma­tion...

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