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Best of British Airshow

26th August 2012


It was another early call for us as we headed to Greasey Joes ready to leave at 8:30. All the cars were there on time and we set off ready for the day ahead. Within a quarter of a mile the convoy had been split but we managed to arrive as a group and after a little hesitation we were pointed to our club area next to the Fairford Classic Car club. All we needed now was the Gazebo to be set up so we could then hunt down those traditional Bacon rolls.



Trev had very kindly brought the Gazebo and many hands were soon getting it erected. After a while some bright spark noted that the corner fixtures were missing. We promised Trev we wouldnt mention it so we wont. Sue, however, was tasked with leaving home immediately to get those parts to us. Sue to the rescue and it was up in a trice or three.


The day itself was punctuated by a variety of events such as Sheep Racing, dog shows and a dsplay of hunting birds as well as the usual stalls. Added to that we expected to see the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Flight. Once again their display proved to be of top quality. All that was left now was to see the landing of one Lancaster and two Spitfires. Their arrival was announced by the roar of all those mighty Merlin engines. One pass and then they were down.




Most of the crew then went home to miss the traffic but just as we were about to leave Tim and Lou said the flight was going up again. So, it was a trip over the airfield to see if this was the case. A couple of minutes later those engine sounds were resounding round the airfield and the planes taxied into position ready for the off. A moment later and they were rolling down the runway in front of us and then climbing away ready for the full twenty minute display.




When we eventually left all the traffic had gone so it was a nice easy exit from the airfield






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