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The weather was looking like it was going to play a major part in the air show on Saturday and sure enough we had sunshine and showers, blue sky and total cloud cover with a bit of wind thrown in for good luck. It didn’t spoil and excellent day out. Just after the ‘Flight Line Walk’ had opened, we were treated to the sight of Steve Hinton taking The Fighter Collections Curtiss P-40F Warhawk for a test flight before the show. This aircraft had arrived 5 days previously, in component parts, in a shipping container from Australia and a massive effort was made to have it put together and flying for the weekend. That objective was achieved as it took part in the flying display that afternoon in a formation of four Curtiss built aircraft that included three P-40s and a Hawk 75. The flying display was most notable for the number of other unique formations that flew. There were three Buchon’s, a sight not seen at Duxford since the ‘Battle of Britain’ filming in 1968. Four Rolls-Royce Kestral powered Hawker bi-planes in the shape of a Hind, Demon, Nimrod I and Nimrod II and the two Dakotas being thrown around the sky like fighters. The rotary powered Fokker Dr.1 replica owned and flown by Mikael Carlson, was most impressive with its very tight turns and dog fighting manoeuvres inside the airfield boundary. The P-51 Mustangs of The Horsemen, flown by Dan Friedkin and Ed Shipley, put on a display of close formation aerobatic flying and new comers to Legends were The Flying Bulls in the shape of a Vought F4U-4 Corsair and a highly polished Lockheed P-38 Lightning. The Lightning was having problems starting so the Corsair went up first for its display followed by the Lightning but no formation flying by the two aircraft.
A big thank you to The Fighter Collection and all their engineers and staff and all the other support and ground crews along with the IWM Museum staff and especially the pilots for their hard work in producing the world’s premier war bird display.