… and a super Showcase
The four 2019 Showcase Days−in April, August (two) and October−have been well-received additions to the IWM’S traditional run of flying activities. The final one, on 20 October, featured a fine lineup of Duxford-based historic aircraft, flown on an overcast but dry autumn afternoon. The Fighter Collection presented five fighters including its Bearcat and Corsair, whose neat tailchasing with Anglia Aircraft Restorations’ Spitfire FR XVI ‘MV268’ (MV293) opened the first block of flying.
Spitfire LF Vc EE602 later formated with the Norwegian Spitfire Foundation’s P-51D ‘Shark’ and ARC’S Buchón ‘Yellow 10’ in an outstandinglyclose sequence. The Collection’s P-40F and Wildcat were flown solo, the latter by Dave Southwood, while TFC chief pilot Pete Kynsey exploited a brief cloud-break to corkscrew his Cosmic Wind G-ARUL up into the blue.
ARC’S Lysander IIIA V9312 and Hawker Restorations’ Hurricane I V7497 made an unusual but pleasing combination, as did a DH pairing of Fox Moth ZK-AGM and Raf-marked Chipmunk 22 WK522. A highlight was HAC’S
Hawker Fury I K5674, handled with great care by Dave Harvey. With HAC’S Spitfire and Hurricane, Propshop’s Harvard IIB KF183 and Plane Sailing’s Catalina also being flown, and Classic Wings’ pleasure-flying fleet active throughout the day, visitors had much to enjoy at no more than standard admission rates.
Report & photos: Paul Fiddian
BELOW LEFT: Spitfire FR XVI, Corsair and Bearcat in tight formation
BELOW RIGHT: Andy Durston lands TFC P-40F Lee's Hope after his solo practice display
ABOVE: a busy Duxford flightline of Showcase Day participants and visiting aircraft