After a long winter it’s finally the start of the airshow season with the Shuttleworth Collection’s Spring Air Display getting things underway under clear blue skies, but a brisk cool easterly wind keeping temperatures down.
The forthcoming airshow season is probably going to one of the most challenging for airshow orgainsers. The economic climate and events in the Middle East are a major influence. High fuel prices and the cost of living affect not only those of use who visit airshows, but also the events themselves with the associated costs of operating aircraft and the cost of all the facilities required to run major events. Of course, the military is being squeezed by reduced budgets and the pace of operations around the world.
Back to Old Warden then, and there can be no finer place to get the season underway. Old Warden in the spring sunshine is a great place for a flying display and lots must agree looking at the full car park. The green and yellow backdrop of the surrounding fields provide a superb vista for the flying display. Early arrivals were also treated to some final practice displays as an added bonus.
Star of the flying today is without doubt the stunning Polikarpov Po-2 and it’s generated great interest on display with a Hucks Starter. There’s more examples of Russian hardware on display with displays from an An-2 and the Yakovlevs Display Team as well as a visiting Yak-18T.
Elsewhere there is the usual eclectic mix of Shuttleworth’s own unique collection of historic types, though these brisk winds may prevent some of the older and lighter participants taking part.
This is the first “Editor’s Blog” of the airshow season and hopefully, throughout the season I’ll be blogging about a varied selection of themes and there’ll be a full report from today’s flying display later in the week.
Here’s to a great airshow season ahead.