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Airshows 2008 - Part 1

Southend - Biggin Hill Air Fair - RAF Waddington - Farnborough

Slideshow plus Pictures 1 to 3 of the Southend Air Show
Slideshow of: Airshows 2008 - Part 1
Airshows 2008 - Part 1 Slideshow
KK116/G-AMPY Douglas C-47B-15-DK Dakota 3 of the Air Atlantique Classic Flight in Post-war Royal Air Force Transport Command Markings at Southend 25 May 2008
KK116/G-AMPY C-47B
XZ250 Coded 635 Westland Lynx HAS3S and XZ722 Coded 671 Westland Lynx HMA8DAS both of 702 Squadron 'Black Cats' Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm at Southend 25 May 2008
XZ250 & XZ722 Lynx
Plane Sailing - 44-33915/G-PBYA Canadian Vickers Canso A operated by: The Catalina Aircraft Limited at Southend 25 May 2008
Plane Sailing

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Pictures 4 & 5 of the Southend Air Show. Pictures 6 & 7 of the Biggin Hill Air Fair
ZF210 Short Tucano T1 of 72[R] Squadron Royal Air Force  in the 2008 display colours at Southend 25 May 2008
ZF210 Tucano T1
ZJ276 Eurocopter AS350 BB Squirrel HT1 of the Joint Services Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) based at RAF Shawbury at Southend 25 May 2008
ZJ276 Squirrel HT1
G-APSA Douglas DC-6A of Air Atlantique in the Colours of British Eagle - Biggin Hill Air Fair 7th June 2008
G-APSA DC-6A
G-EHMS MD Helicopters MD900 Explorer of Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)the London's Air Ambulance Service, owned and sponsored by the Virgin Group  - Biggin Hill Air Fair 7th June 2008
G-EHMS MD900

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Pictures 8 to 10 of the Biggin Hill Air Fair. Picture 11 of the RAF Waddington Air Show
WV908 Hawker Sea Hawk FGA 6 of the Royal Navy Historic Flight (RNHF) in 806 Squadron Fleet Air Arm (FAA) Markings  - Biggin Hill Air Fair 7th June 2008
WV908 Sea Hawk FGA 6
5-OJ Armée de l'Air Dassault Mirage 2000C of Escadron de chasse 02.005 Ile de France departing for it's display slot.  - Biggin Hill Air Fair 7th June 2008
5-OJ Mirage 2000C
SE-AMZ is a restored Bleriot XI/Thulin A rebuilt and flown by Mikael Calson  - Biggin Hill Air Fair 7th June 2008
SE-AMZ Bleriot XI/Thulin A
VX927/G-ASYG Beagle Terrier 2 masquerading as a Military Auster T7 - RAF Waddington 5th July 2008
VX927/G-ASYG Beagle Terrier 2

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Pictures 12 to 15 of the RAF Waddington Air Show
ZJ122 AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin HC3 of Royal Air Force 28 and 78 Squadrons (pooled Aircraft) - RAF Waddington 5th July 2008
J122 AW101 Merlin HC3
J-4043 HAL Dhruv ALH in the stunning colours of the Indian Air Force 'Sarang' display team. - RAF Waddington 5th July 2008
J-4043 HAL Dhruv ALH
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Trio: PA474 Avro Lancaster B1 in dual markings of 100 & 550 Squadrons RAF, LF363 Hawker Hurricane IIc in 17 Squadron markings and PS915 Supermarine Spitfire PR XIX in 81 Squadron Markings - RAF Waddington 5th July 2008
BBMF Trio
Avro Vulcan B2 XH558/G-VLCN and Avro Lancaster B1 PA474 - RAF Waddington 5th July 2008
Avro: Vulcan & Lancaster

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Picture 16 of the RAF Waddington Air Show. Pictures 17 to 19 of the Farnborough Airshow
XH558/G-VLCN Avro Vulcan B2A operated by The Vulcan Operating Company' and owned by the Vulcan To The Sky Trust - RAF Waddington 5th July 2008
XH558/G-VLCN Vulcan B2A
0619 Mikoyan MiG-29 of the Slovak Air Force - Farnborough 15th July 2008
0619 MiG-29
The Blades Display Team in their 2008 Sponsors Blue based Colours of Barclays Commercial - Farnborough 15th July 2008
The Blades 2008
N609AG Bell-Agusta BA609 Tilt Rotor - Farnborough 15th July 2008
N609AG BA609 Tilt Rotor

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All Photographs are Copyright of Caz Caswell

Album Notes & Links
What a year for weather at the Airshows this year; at most, pretty awful is a polite way of putting it! Only two shows were not ruined by weather these being Farnborough and the RAFA's Shoreham show (See Airshows 2008 - Part 2). The latter being the best for being a warm day with clear blue skies.

Normally my first show of the Airshow season is Southend, and this in recent years has become notable for bad weather with the sky normally laden with rain. This Year there were only short showers at the airport and even some sunshine and blue sky for the Sea Front Display.

Next up was the Biggin Hill Air Fair. The morning was perfect with good clear skies, but this too turned miserable with very grey skies, playing havoc for decently lit shots; with most having to be lightened in the edit process.

RAF Waddington ha! We arrived at the gates at 7:15 in pouring rain and were waved through. Set up by fence for display, then wandered around in the off/on rain to photograph the Aircraft in the static display.

Feeling pretty down, as this was to be the Vulcan's debut. On the way back to our spot for the show, the heavens just opened up. The display started, and I did not take many pictures.

As Vulcan was being prepared, and almost like it was planned, the skies cleared for the rest of the show.

Closing out this Airshows 2008 Part 1 is Farnborough. Not a bad day, but I was mainly there to meet friends from Canada. The few pictures I did manage to take, I am actually rather pleased with.

Biggin Hill International Air Fair

Royal Air Force Waddington International Air Show

Farnborough International Airshow

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