Photographic Equipment Used:
Sony Alpha A6000 CSC & Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 Di-III VC Lens & Sony Alpha A6300 CSC & Sigma 100-400mm 5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary Lens.
Saturday 13th April 2019
Typical Duxford weather. Plenty of flying when the clouds rolled over but when the sun shone, nothing flew. The Cessna Citation was an early visitor which parked up on the jet pan til Monday as air traffic control at Cambridge airport at the weekends is closed. Gnat T1/G-MOUR flew in from North Weald for some circuits in the morning and came back again in the afternoon for some more. With the ARCo Spitfire/PV202 flying with Aero Legends at Headcorn, Classic Wings brought in Spitfire/MJ627 from Biggin Hill for the fly in a Spitfire flights. In the order taken. (Sony 500mm/f8 Reflex (Mirror) lens).
Tuesday 30th April 2019
Last day of April and quite busy at Duxford. Aero Legends Spitfire/MH341 flew south first thing and PV202 was up and down most of the day pilot training. A Miles Hawk trainer, based at Old Warden, flew in for a bit of flying with a Chipmunk. Strange sight of the day was a bizjet doing circuits. They normally fly in, stay over night and depart the next day. The Citation Latitude did that but before departing, flew two circuits with a full stop landing before taking off again and headed south.
Thursday 18th April 2019
Once the fog lifted, the sun shone all day and there was a brisk, warm breeze blowing in from the south east but not breezy enough to blow away the high cloud and haze. It must be summer again as the British Antarctic Survey Twin Otter is back from its holiday down in the southern hemisphere. It flew out for the day. I wasn’t expecting anything much else to happen but the Catalina was doing circuits for crew training and the Lysander was airborne to the north for about an hour and we had a short display when it returned. In the order taken.
Saturday 20th April 2019
Like my visit on Thursday the weather started off foggy, which lifted early on, there was high cloud and haze, which cleared away late afternoon, and there was hardly any breeze and got a bit hot and humid. Harvard/FE5II arrived early and later the pilot flew out in Hurricane/R4II8. Harvard/’Wacky Wabbit’ and Yale/3345 both flew and performed solo display routines and the Duxford based Stearman was up and down a few times and also flew a display routine. The Catalina was crew training again with circuits and a display and some off-road work when it took to the grass runway. Not many GA visitors but the best looking one was the De Havilland Hornet Moth/G-AHBL that dropped in for a couple of hours.
Saturday 27th April 2019
Duxford was host to the first National General Aviation Safety Day with lots of GA aircraft due to fly in and during the afternoon there was to be display flying by Duxford based warbirds. Unfortunately Storm Hannah put paid to the flying side of things with the airfield NOTAM closed all day due to the high winds and rain blowing across the country. The ground based parts of the safety day still took place in AirSpace.