The much anticipated airshow in aid of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, and the continuing restoration of Lancaster Just Jane, was held on the 1 August.

 

Despite the weather threatening to spoil the day with heavy downpours, it in fact remained dry until the very end of the event allowing for a splendid display by some twenty aircraft.

 

A highlight for many present would have been the appearance of Peter Vacher's stunning Mk.I Hurricane R4118. The Battle of Britain veteran is widely regarded as the most historic British aircraft to survive in flying condition from the Second World War, credited with 49 combat sorties and five enemy aircraft destroyed during the period.

 

Hardwick Warbirds made it through the murky weather to display P-51Ds Marinell and Janie, however Rob Davies' Mustang Big Beautiful Doll  and the Rolls Royce Spitfire, Mk.XIX PS853, sadly cancelled.

 

The modern Royal Air Force was represented with routines from Grob Tutor G-BYXN and Chinook HC.2 ZA712/AT; the latter thundering along the display line in a surprisingly agile manner for a helicopter of such size.