Text: Jacques Vincent -  Pictures: Jacques Vincent & Philippe Decock sbap 2014

September was a month full of aeronautical events and, after a passage at the Belgian Air Force Days; I decided to cross the Channel once again to visit the last event of the 2014 season organized by the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. Knowing the participation of the two Lancaster, including the Canadian Warplane Heritage aircraft, was confirmed... this event was certainly not to be missed...

The morning time was used to stroll through the various booths and other exhibits, chasing good occasions. But quite rapidly we had to find ourselves a nice place to shoot pictures of this day.

The show started at 02.00 PM with the presentation of the Jet Provost T.5 pair. To see this training aircraft flying is still a nice sight in the skies. Followed by a leap back in time to the Great War with a 'circus' including Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A and Be2c, a Sopwith Triplane, two Junkers CL.I and two Fokker DR.1. One of the DR.1 (G-CDXR) is since 2014 owned by Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden, and who flies it during airshows throughout the United Kingdom. These aircraft are all replicas, but thanks to this fact, it is still possible, almost a century later, to see and hear those machines which wrote history and to tell the younger generations what aviation in 1914 was all about!

It was also during this historical moment that the relatively fair weather turned into cloudy grey in symbiosis with the arrival of the two Lancaster. Despite this greyness, seeing those two monuments of the Bomber Command together with two Spitfires in the air was simply breathtaking. Boeing B-17 'Sally B' came up next followed by a pair of Curtiss, a H-75 Hawk and P-40F Warhawk.

Back to the modern times with the black Short Tucano adorned with the renowned poppies in memory of all those killed in action between 1914 and 1918 ; a pair of North American T-28C Fennec and a Westland Seaking HAR3A bringing some colours in the Duxford skies. Then on to the jet era with a magnificent Hawker Hunter T.7 in the Royal Air Force II(AC) Squadron colours and, more surprisingly, a B-727 (G-OSRA) from Oil Spill Response, a firm specialized in search and clean-up of oil pollution layers. This is the first modified aircraft capable of spraying the necessary products onto oil layers and, as you read these lines, a second aircraft is being modified (G-OSRB).

Now back to the warbirds again with the Corsair, Bearcat and Hellcat, followed by two Spitfire Mk Ia and two Mk Vb accompanied by a splendid Hurricane to let us go back to the second world war in England.

The grand finale was for the Red Arrows, straight back from Kleine Brogel, but due to time constraints, which would have compromised our trip back to Belgium, we only saw them from the car, quite difficult to take some decent pictures...

This last show of the 2014 Duxford season was a little short, but certainly worthwhile regarding the aircraft on display. A minor point was the weather going from fair to grey during the flight of the Lancasters, but this is the only thing the organizers had no hold on... Unfortunately... But rendez-vous is already taken for the 2015 season!
We would like to warmly thank the organizers of the Imperial War Museum and Miss Esther Blaine, Public Relation Manager, in particular, for all the facilities granted during our various reports on site in 2014.

The splendid Jet Provost T.5 duo taxiing for the display (Jacques Vincent)
(Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
(Philippe Decock) (Jacques Vincent)
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Tribute to the World War I (Philippe Decock)
Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A (Jacques Vincent) Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A (Jacques Vincent)
Royal Aircraft Factory Be2c (Jacques Vincent) Junkers CL.I. (Philippe Decock)
Junkers CL.I (Philippe Decock) Fokker DR.1 (Jacques Vincent)
Fokker DR.1 (Jacques Vincent) Take off like it was 100 years ago in North of France (Jacques Vincent)
(Philippe Decock) (Jacques Vincent)
(Jacques Vincent)
Sopwith Triplane (Jacques Vincent) (Philippe Decock)
(Jacques Vincent) (Philippe Decock)
(Jacques Vincent) (Jacques Vincent)
(Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
(Jacques Vincent) (Jacques Vincent)
(Jacques Vincent) (Jacques Vincent)
(Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
The Avro Lancaster Mk X from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (Jacques Vincent)
(Jacques Vincent) The brother of arm of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Jacques Vincent)
(Jacques Vincent) (Philippe Decock)
(Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
(Jacques Vincent) (Jacques Vincent)
(Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
A last pass before going back to Coningsby (Jacques Vincent)
Boeing B-17G "Sally B" always on duty (Jacques Vincent) (Philippe Decock)
(Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
Curtiss H-75 Hawk (Jacques Vincent) Curtiss P-40F Warhawk (Jacques Vincent)
The Short Tucano 2014 Display (Jacques Vincent) The Poppies to remember the WWI (Philippe Decock)
Flt Lieutnant Dave Kirby at command (Jacques Vincent) (Philippe Decock)
North American T-28C Fennec duo (Jacques Vincent) (Jacques Vincent)
Westland Seaking HAR3A SAR demo (Jacques Vincent)
(Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
(Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
Hawker Hunter T.7 display (Philippe Decock)
(Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
(Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
(Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
(Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
(Philippe Decock)
Boeing B-7272S2F Owned by Oil Spill Response Limided to fight the oil pollution at sea (Philippe Decock)
(Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
(Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
(Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
Grumman F-8F Bearcat (Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
Grumman F-6F Hellcat (Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
(Philippe Decock) Goodyear FG-1D Corsair (Philippe Decock)
(Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
Supermarina Spitfire Mk Ia (Philippe Decock) Supermarina Spitfire Mk Ia (Philippe Decock)
Supermarina Spitfire Mk Vb (Philippe Decock) Supermarina Spitfire Mk Vb (Philippe Decock)
Hawker Hurricane Mk XIIa (Philippe Decock)
(Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
(Philippe Decock) (Philippe Decock)
(Philippe Decock)

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