Looking back at the Large Model Airshow it is obvious the threat of poor weather had an effect on both attendance figures and, compared to last year’s show, the number of aircraft models displayed in the air and on the ground. Thankfully the day remained reasonably dry, and the models that did fly were of the highest quality and displayed to the highest possible standards.
Organised by The Large Model Association, the display offered the opportunity to see aircraft types flying in model form that simply aren’t airworthy, one such example being the beautifully weathered WWII Hawker Typhoon. Parked next to the Typhoon on static display was an outstanding example of an FW190, although disappointingly this model did not take to the sky during Saturday’s event. Other noteworthy flying models included two B-17 Flying Fortresses, a Bf-109, two P-47 Thunderbolts, a P-51 Mustang, Hawker Hurricane and Sea Fury.
One aircraft which naturally captured the crowd’s attention was the large Lancaster B.III (Special) complete with bouncing UPKEEP bomb. A Vickers Wellington was also in attendance, flying alongside B-17 Day’s Pay.
Jet aircraft were not overlooked, with undoubtedly the best flying display of the day provided by the UK’s only flying model of the Sea Vixen. Wearing the markings the real XP924/G-CVIX carried as a D.3 drone during the 1970s & 80s, the flying display was just incredible, with high speed topside passes featured in the routine.
Avro Lancaster NX611 Just Jane performed two taxy runs during the display, in the capable hands of Flt Lt Mike Chatterton, Keith Brenchley and Sean Taylor.