Cold War Jets re­freshed

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS - Re­port & photo: Richard Hall

The most re­cent of Bruntingth­orpe’s ever-pop­u­lar bian­nual Cold War Jets Open Days took place on 27 May. A com­plete re­ori­en­ta­tion, swing­ing the axis round 180 de­grees, away from the tra­di­tional Run­way 24 ap­proach area to the R06 (Gil­mor­ton) end, gave the par­tic­i­pat­ing air­craft more room to stretch their legs, although at re­duced speed.

Well at­tended by en­thu­si­asts and pub­lic alike, the Open Day fea­tured taxi runs from Buc­ca­neer S2BS XW544, XX894 & XX900, VC10 K4 ZD241, Vic­tor K2 XM715, Jet Provost T3A XM365 & T5A XW290, Hunter T7 XL565, Can­berra B6(MOD) WT333 and Light­ning F6 XS904. In ad­di­tion, mak­ing a very wel­come re­turn to run­ning con­di­tion af­ter some years’ ab­sence was for­merBoscomb­e Down-based DH106 Comet 4C XS235 Cano­pus. East­ern Bloc rep­re­sen­ta­tion came in the form of Aero L-29 Delfin 53 & PZL TS-11 Iskra 1018. To en­hance the Cold War at­mos­phere, a small con­tin­gent of static air­frames had been towed up to the dis­play area.

The next Open Day is planned for 26 Au­gust 2018, so thanks must go to air­field owner C Wal­ton Ltd for al­low­ing this iconic event to con­tinue.

DH Comet XS235 Cano­pus was back in ac­tion at Bruntingth­orpe

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