|Probably my favourite picture of the year: two Lancasters, British and Canadian, with their escorts approach Beachy Head at low level|
I’m going to divide this year’s favourites into two parts:
1 will be aircraft
2 will be general photography
This year has seen a coincidence of several anniversaries with aviation links, as well as some new or visiting aircraft that I’ve not seen before. 2014 has seen the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, as well as the 50th Anniversary of the Red Arrows. Not only that, but we’ve had a tour from the Canadian Heritage Museum Lancaster (giving us two in the air at once with the BBMF Lanc), as well as other significant aircraft such as a pair of Polish Fitters. There’s been a seeming rush of new replicas around too, such as a Travelair Mystery Ship, a Mew Gull and two BE2c aircraft.
The pictures here are all reasonably large files (1400px or 2000px on their longest side), so worth clicking on to view large.
I’m a big believer that with blog posts, in general, less is more, but, really, I find it hard to edit this selection down much further. So, there’s about 26 pictures – ten or so more than I’d originally meant to assemble. I’ve also not tried to duplicate too many aircraft types, but sometimes it just can't be helped :-)
On with the show!
To start with D Day commemorations at Duxford, end of May.
The D-Day anniversary brought out large numbers of aircraft with connections to the invasion. Multiple Dakotas (C47) appeared at various events, including these on the flight line at Duxford in May. That day, they commemorated the parachute jumps onto the continent, including this demonstration from the Parachute Regiment. Duxford would be much diminished without Spitfires, so here is MH434 still low after take-off. Finally, the Duxford-based Wildcat made a very welcome return.
The return of Biggin Hill
I was delighted at the return of an air display at Biggin Hill for the first time in a few years. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't great, so I got few pictures that could stand out. But the Typhoon display with plenty of jelly air was great.
RIAT in July: really too many pictures, but what can you do?Patrouille Suisse and Frecce Tricolori.
And now - as they say - for something completely different: Headcorn
Graham, Colin and Len: it is amazing the variety of types that come through. As an example, here is an Auster AOP6 WJ368.