The Flying Legends Duxford

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Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.

 

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THE FLYING LEGENDS - DUXFORD

Date: 9th July 2011

FLYING LEGENDS AT DUXFORD.

When I wingwalked at Shoreham in 2007, I made the acquaintance of a delightful man called John Romain who owns and runs Aircraft Reconstruction at Duxford. He has reconstructed many planes including Spitfires. This year he and his wife invited me to the Flying Legends show at Duxford and I was only too keen to accept the invitation.

Apart from the weather which was grey and cloudy which didn’t allow for the best photographs of the old Warbirds, it was a fantastic experience. We were able to ‘Walk the Line’ which meant traversing a very large portion of the runway - the planes being lined up on the grass for all to see and photograph. The commentary was excellent and made very interesting even to the uninitiated like me. There were three commentators and I’m not sure whether the English one was Melvyn Hiscock or Trevor Graham but he was very good with a beautifully clear mellifluous voice. But with my French leanings my favourite was Bernard Chabbert. I’ve no idea whether he is a pilot or just a knowledgeable Aviation expert. There didn’t appear to be any information about them in the programme.

At one stage during one of the very few lulls in the display (the show was virtually continuous and seamless) M. Chabbert told the story of Antoine de Saint Exupéry - aviator and author of The Little Prince - linking it into the flight of the Lockheed Lightning similar to the one in which he was flying when he disappeared on a reconaissance flight in 1944. I just looked up on the Internet and the finding of the remains of his plane in1998 and the lack of reasons for it’s disappearance is a story in itself.

I took many photos of the old planes and had a friend with me who was able to identify them all and enlighten me greatly. I’ll post a photo of the famous Sally B here and then put some more in the Gallery.

After the show, I raced down the motorway to Ashford where I was to attend a Dinner for ‘The Friends of the Few’. I was fortunate in being on the table with Geoffrey Wellum
 a great character and still like a mischievous school boy at the tender age of 90. He regaled us with his story of recently getting into the Cockpit of a Spitfire - no easy task these days.

It had been a wonderful day and I fell into bed happily tired out and eagerly looking forward to attending the Battle of Britain Memorial Service and Lunch tomorrow at Capel le Ferne.


 

THE FLYING LEGENDS - DUXFORD

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