July 10-11, 2010
2010 Flying Program 14:00 to 17:30
- RAF and Lufwaffe Fighters: 8x Spitfire, Hurricane and Buchon
- Naval: 3x Skyraider, Seafire, Sea Fury, Fury, Bearcat and Corsair
- German: Ju-52, Me-108, 2x Jungmeister and Jungmann
- USAFFE: Ryan PT-22, 2x TF-51, 4x P-51D, P-40, B-17 and 2x L-4 Grasshopper
- Russian: 2x Yak 3, Yak 9 and I-16
- Classic British: Mew Gull, Magister, Arrow Active, Hind, Gladiator, Lysander, Nimrod and Demon
- Battle of Britain Memorial Flight: Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster
- Breitling Wing-walkers: 2x Stearman
- Transport: C-53
- French: MS406
- Balbo Finale: Mass formation.
Living up to the shows reputation of coming up with something new each year, for 2010 Thomas Julch's Mannheim based Polikarpov I-16 Rata ‘Rat’ (D-EPRN) made the types first appearance in the United Kingdom. Flown by famed aerobatic pilot Jurgis Kairys, his unique and lively aerobatic routine was for many the highlight of the show. This is a very rare aircraft indeed, the revolutionary type first flew in December 1933 and was the first single-seat fighter with an enclosed cockpit and retractable undercarriage in the world.
Designed for speed and agility in could reach 270 mph, powered by a licence built Curtiss-Wright R-1820 Cyclone radial engine. It first saw combat in the Spanish Civil War where it was given its nickname of 'Rata' or rat. With the introduction of the Hurricane and Bf.109 in 1937 its air superiority was over. The example flown at Flying Legends was built in Gorky between 1939 and 1940 and rebuilt by the Siberian Aeronautical Research Institute from remains found near Kostomuksha at its 1941-1942 crash site. In 1996 when reconstruction was complete and it was exported to New Zealand. Its colour scheme of dark green with light blue undersides is typical for a Red Army Air Force of the period. In the next 12 years it only flew 44 hours before it was sold to its present owner Thomas Julch in Germany.
The 'Mystery Mustang' touted by TFC in the air show promotions turned out to be the Meier Motors TF-51D Mustang (D-FTSI) which was the aircrafts first visit to the UK. It was fitting that in the Battle of Britain’s 70th anniversary year a flight of eight Spitfires with a Hurricane and Buchon opened the event. The British registered Spanish built Buchon was representing a Messerschmitt Bf.109 was understandable, as so few Bf.109’s survived World War Two, Perhaps a little more confusing was a Spitfire which unusually was German registered. Further German registered aircraft represented other allied forces by way of Russian Yak’s a Polikarpov and even a P-51D Mustang completed a modern day wartime scenario.
This year the Buchon was painted as ‘Yellow 10’ the paint scheme it wore when it was used with 26 other Buchon’s in the making of the famous 1968 film, ‘Battle of Britain’. A Naval theme saw a rare formation of three AD-4 Skyraiders. In past Legends displays Kennet Aviation’s and Jean-Baptiste Salis Skyraiders (G-RADR and F-AZDP) have often played their part, this year they were joined by Christophe Bruneliere’s Skyraider (F-AZHK) from Avignon-Caumont, it was flown by Carl Schofield (TFC). Around 50 rare warbirds were flown this year, most were old favourites some were new to the show, what was there and how many really was not important to the vast numbers of ticket paying aircraft enthusiasts which totalled and impressive 27,000 this year over the two days. They turn up each year to be entertained and never leave disappointed. This year’s Flying Legends once again lived up to its reputation of being "The Greatest Warbird Show in Europe."
The hundreds of volunteers and carers should be recognised for the dedicated work they do to ensure these aircraft are availble for all of us enjoy.
Flying Legends 2010 - What else was there
|Left to right: Spitfires (PL344 'TL-B', MH434 'ZD-B' and TD248 'CR-S').
Spitfire LF.5B (BM597 'JH-C' / G-MKVB) of Historic Aircraft Collection (HAC) and is based at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) at Duxford.
Spitfire IXe (PL344 'TL-B' registered N644TB) of Historic Flying Company
Hispano HA-1112-M1L Buchon (C.4K-102 as'Yellow 10' registered G-BWUE) of Spitfire Ltd, you can still see its original Spanish Air Force serial 'C.4K-102' painted on the port flap.
|Left to right:
Spitfire LF.16E (TD248 coded 'CR-S' registered G-OXVI)
Hurricane XIIa (RCAF 5711 painted as 'Z5140' HA-C' registered G-HURI) of Historic Aircraft Collection (HAC).
Spitfire F.IIa (P7350 'QJ-K') of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF).
Spitfire HF.VIIIc (MT928 'ZX-M' registered D-FEUR) of Meier Motors.
|Left to right: Douglas AD-4NA Skyraider (124143 'RM-205' / F-AZDP) of Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis (AJBS) from La Ferte Alais flown by Christophe Bailly
AD-4N Skyraider (127002 '20-LN' registered F-AZHK) in a Aeronavale scheme it is owned by Christophe Bruneliere of Vega Team/Skyraider Avignon. It was flown by Carl Schofield (TFC) on Saturday.
AD-4NA Skyraider (126922 'AK-402' registered G-RADR and previously G-RAID) of Kennet Aviation flown by Lt Cdr Dave MacKay RN(Retired) .
|Left to right: Fury FB.11 (F-AZXL ‘369’) in a Royal Australian Navy scheme.
Sea Fury T.20 (WG655 '910' / NX20MD).
Grumman F-8F-2P Bearcat (121714 'B-201' / G-RUMM) of The Fighter Collection (TFC). Stephen Grey flew the 'Joker' spot while the Balbo formed away from the airfield.
Left to right: TF-51D Mustang (44-73871 'TF-871' / D-FTSI) in line up ready for take-off.
Mustang P-51D (F-AZSB / 44-11622 'G4-C') 'Nooky Booky IV' of Societe de Developpement et de Promotion de L' Aviation (SDPA).
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress (44-8846 coded 'DS-M' / F-AZDX) 'Pink Lady' is operated by the Association Fortresse Toujours Volant en France.
Curtiss P-40N Kittyhawk (42-105915 '12' / F-AZKU) 'Little Jeanne' piloted by Christian Amara of the Societe de Developpement et de Promotion de L' Aviation (SDPA).
|Thomas Julch's Polikarpov I-16 Rata (Rat) (D-EPRN '9' c/n 2421319 ex ZK-JIN) flown by famed aerobatic pilot Jurgis Kairys. His unique aerobatics in the I-16 was for many the highlight of the show. Based at Mannheim in Germany, this was the first ever appearance by an I-16 Rata in the UK.
Left to right: Formation of
Spitfire F.IIa (P7350 'QJ-K'), Hurricane (LF363 YB-W) and Lancaster B1 (PA474)
Kennet Aviation's Seafire Mk.17 (SX336 coded 'VL-105' / G-KASX)
The Spitfire line up very early morning.
|Grumman F-8F-2P Bearcat (121714 'B-201' / G-RUMM)|
|Left to right: Hawker Nimrod Mk.1 (S1581 '573' / G-BWWK)
Percival E2 Mew Gull (G-AEXF) of the Real Aeroplane Company (RAC).
Arrow Active II (G-ABVE c/n 2) of the Real Aeroplane Company.
Gloster Gladiator Mk.1 ('K7985' really L8032 / G-AMRK) of the Shuttleworth Trust
|Left to right: The Shuttleworth Trust's Hawker Hind (G-AENP/ 'K5414' coded 'XV').
The Association Morane Charlie Fox Morane-Saulnier D-3801 MS.406 C1 (HB-RCF '1' c/n 194) flown by Daniel Koblet.
Ryan PT-22 Recruit (G-BYPY '001') built in 1941 it is with the Old Flying Machine Company (OFMC) based at Duxford.
| Stella and Sarah pose for the camera on the wings of one of their Boeing PT-17 Stearman Kaydets. This year in their new orange paint scheme of Breitling their new sponsor.
|Left to right: Hawker Nimrod Mk.1 (S1581 '573' / G-BWWK)
Norwegian Douglas C-53D Skytrooper (42-68823 / 11750 / LN-WND) of Foundation Dakota Norway. This members only foundation will fly 3,000 passengers per year another 1,600 members don't take up their option to fly each year. This rare C-53 is kept in prestine condition and is hand polished bare metal to protect the aircraft's skin.
The cockpit of C-53D Skytrooper.