Cold War Jets refreshed
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