… and a su­per Show­case

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS -

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

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