Photographic Equipment Used: Sony Alpha A6000 CSC & Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 Di-III VC Lens & Sony FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS Lens.
Saturday 4th May 2019
With a strong, bitter wind chill inducing breeze blowing down from the north and across the runway, well it is a Bank holiday weekend and the start of the air show season as well, I wasn’t expecting any flying at Duxford. I was wrong. P-51/Miss Helen flew out mid morning for a flight down to Abingdon for their air show and the Bronco that night stopped, left about an hour later and headed for Old Warden for their air shown on Sunday. As the Bronco was climbing out a hail storm hit Duxford. I got a coffee and sat in the old machine gun test butt between 2 & 3 hangars and had my cheese sandwiches for lunch sheltering from the elements as the rain followed the hail. I left just after that. In the order taken.
Thursday 30th May 2019 - Daks over Duxford.
When I left just gone 3pm there were 13 Daks @ Duxford and with two more to arrive from America. Just need the European contingent to turn up now. Some of the operators were using the down time to carry out a spot of maintenance before the big event next week. A couple of the Daks that were parked south side began moving to their parking spots along the flightline. There was a bit of war bird flying as well with the T.20 Sea Fury, Harvard ‘TAZ’ and Spitfire PV202 flying from ARCo and The Fighter Collection were out with an engine run from the Bearcat and the Hawk 75 and P-40F went flying. In the order taken.
Saturday 11th May 2019
Another wet saturday at Duxford. Catalina left first thing for Europe. Classic Wings were doing a brisk business and in amongst all the fixed wing flying a Eurocopter EC155B1/A7-HMD appeared to be doing pilot training most for the morning. After landing for fuel, it went off for an hour or so and came back again for more. In the afternoon, Hurricane 1/R4118 flew off for about an hour and the Historic Aircraft Collection had their Spitfire/Hurricane/Nimrod out on the grass. The Hurricane hadn’t flow by the time I left. A baby Spitfire (Mk.26) flew in for a brief visit. In the order taken.
Friday 17th May 2019
I wish I’d packed my gloves. Winter was back, wall to wall cloud, dark and a nice wind chill thrown in. Plenty warbirds flying to distract you from the cold though.
Saturday 18th May 2019
After freezing Friday, the forecast for Saturday was pretty much the same so I packed my gloves and dressed accordingly. Surprise, surprise, apart from a spot of rain we had occasional blue sky and sunshine and it got quite warm. Got to love the British weather and the useless weather forecasters. The war bird flying carried on from the day before. As well as Classic Wings offering their ‘Flying in a Spitfire’ with PV202 they also had ‘Flying With a Spitfire/Hurricane’ with Spitfire/N3200 and Hurricane/V7497. N3200 later left with the Lysander for Old Warden with Spitfire/MH434 having departed for Bedfordshire earlier. T.20 Sea Fury was flying again and P-51/Sharkmouth got as far as power checks and developed a fault so didn’t go flying. The Catalina flew out early afternoon and Anglia Aircraft Restorations Spitfire Vc/EE602 was flying and later the Grace two-seat Spitfire arrived from Sywell to join it.
Tuesday 21st May 2019
Douglas DC-3/NC33611/Clipper Tabitha May arrived at Duxford ahead of the rest of the Daks over Dux fleet. Only down side for me was that at the M11 end, where Tabitha May touched down, it was bathed in sunshine. At the tank bank end, where I was, the clouds had rolled in. Oh for a bit of sunshine.