Lincolnshire's largest independent airshow once again excelled itself by presenting a near capacity crowd a varied and exciting event. A combination of ideal weather conditions and a great display line up did result in very busy roads in the area for a time, with on-site car parks then reaching maximum capacity. As a result delays entering the site were experienced by some visitors arriving from the west, but with the main access road also serving as one of the main routes to Lincolnshire's coastal towns from the A1, these really could not have been foreseen, but nevertheless, improvements to traffic flows are likely to be implemented for 2017.

 

Basking in the warm sunshine, East Kirkby's visitors were treated to a great line-up of warbirds and vintage aircraft, with appearances by James Brown's outstanding Mk.I Hurricane R4118, Maurice Hammond's P-51 Mustang Janie, Will Greenwood's rare Bücker Bestmann, and five replica aircraft from the highly entertaining Great War Display Team: Britain's first ever military airplane, the 1912 Royal Aircraft Factory BE.2c; Two examples of the Royal Aircraft Factory's SE.5a and entering the melee were single examples of the Fokker Dr.1 Triplane & Junker CL.1.
 

Opening the show in style was the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight with Avro Lancaster PA474 and two Spitfires. Naturally East Kirkby's resident Lancaster, Just Jane, featured in the display line up and performed two taxy runs – and if that wasn't exciting enough, Just Jane was joined in the display programme by her hangar mate Dakota Drag 'em oot.

 

The undoubted star of the airshow however was the Duxford based PBY-5A Catalina, G-PBYA. Resplendent in its overall white scheme, the Catalina represents a wartime USAAF OA-10A example, 44-33915, of the 8th Air Force 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron at Halesworth in Suffolk. The aircraft looked and sounded incredible operating off East Kirkby's grass strip - In fact, the Catalina is the largest aircraft (based on wing span) to have operated from the airfield since post war Avro Lincoln operations. Display teams were not overlooked amongst the warbirds at the airshow. The Wildcat Aerobatic Team aims to deliver crowd thrilling displays; and thrill they most certainly did with their choreographed flying encapsulating both close formation and synchronized pairs flying with Pitts Special biplanes. Also displaying were examples of the Calidus Autogyro, RV-8 and DR107. A regular fixture at East Kirkby's airshow, Captain Neville's Flying Circus provided their usual brand of barnstorming flying.

 

The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre are to be hugely congratulated for once again assembling such a varied and entertaining airshow. Special mention should also be made of the aircraft marshalling staff, fire and ambulance crews, L.A.H.C.s Lancaster crew & ground crew and museum staff for all their hard work on the day that resulted in such a memorable and succesful event.

 

East Kirkby Airshow – Album #1 (To play the album below please move your cursor over the bottom of the slideshow for the control panels).

East Kirkby Airshow – Album #2 (To play the album below please move your cursor over the bottom of the slideshow for the control panels).

East Kirkby Airshow – Album #3 (To play the album below please move your cursor over the bottom of the slideshow for the control panels).