Once again Stephen Grey, his staff and aircraft at The Fighter Collection, the Imperial War Museum along with visiting and other Duxford based war birds held what can only be described as the premier war bird air show in Europe. Flying Legends. Due to the aircraft exclusion zone that was being imposed for the Olympics, the show was brought forward to an earlier weekend which conflicted with the RAF Waddington Air Show and Old Warden on the Sunday that weekend. It was never going to be as impressive as the 2011 spectacular due to the incidents that happened on the Sunday that year along with several aircraft that had already canceled due to mechanical and paperwork problems. The flying on the Saturday wasn’t as intense as in previous years, probably due to the changes instigated in the way the flying routines were organised, with a few gaps creeping in between the routines. The changes to the flying didn’t detract from an excellent and varied flying display that was actually a lot easier to watch and photograph as there weren’t as many aircraft in the air at one time so you could concentrate more on what was in front of you instead of looking all around for what was coming up next. About the only down side was the sun disappearing behind clouds at the most inopportune times along with a stiff cross wind that blew throughout most of Saturday which did ground a couple of the flying displays that afternoon and kept catching the hood of my zoom lens leading to the chopping of the nose and tails off some aircraft I was photographing.
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