Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Serge Van Heertum, Pierre Taquet & Marc Arys  - Translation: Marc Arys
© sbap 2019
This time, the Season 2019 of the Imperial War Museum (IWM) took off. This season will entail three significant events and one extra, of great quality!
Dak's over Normandy, The Flying Legends and the Battle of Britain Air show are on their way, but the focus of this page is dedicated to the Duxford Air Festival.
This first opus was made up of a tasty mix of ancient aircraft and more recent jets; military as well as civilian presentations.
As in this kind of shows, each one finds its preferences... After having immortalized all these beautiful machines on the legendary Duxford flight line, it was with great eagerness that the public could witness a highly appreciated air show. Our British friends, like Jamie Oliver, have the right recipe for this...
Needless to make up a chronological or exhaustive list, the pictures we are presenting you, give you an overview of all the demonstrations. But it needs hardly to be mentioned that some of the favourites have to be emphasized, such as the presence of a threesome of Jet Provost and Strikemasters.
The Provost T.3A in the RAF colours already is jaw dropping and the armed version, a.k.a. Strikemaster, allowed visualizing the technical evolution of this British success out of the Golden 60's. The cherry on the cake, one wore the colours of the Royal Saudi Air Force and the other one the colours of the Oman Sultanate. "Back to the 70's" guaranteed...
An other favourite was a civilian team. Nothing roaring, just 3 Piper Cherokee, named "Bader's Bus Company" team; referring of course to late Sir Douglas Bader. Indeed, the three pilots are disabled on the lower limbs and by their courage and will to succeed; they became pilots and created this team. (do have a look at : https://www.douglasbaderfoundation.com/dbf-news/baders-bus-company-press-release)
Hat off, guys !
Also scheduled for a display and recently restored, was the Westland Whirlwind HAR.10. But due to a technical problem, this impressive helicopter could not make it to Duxford. Too bad, the big yellow bumblebee, which saved numerous lives, will have to be seen at another airshow. We will await it impatiently... But... Safety First !
Another eagerly awaited moment, only on Sunday, was the renowned F-15 E Strike Eagle of the 48th Fighter Bomber Wing from Lakenheath, especially decorated to commemorate the landing in Normandy, and planned to fly together with the P-47D "Nellie".
The fly-by was there, but the American "close formation" must have another meaning than with other air forces. Indeed, impossible to have the past and the present in one shot. Sad, really sad...
Without further ado, let us get into the action and present you the Duxford Air Festival, seen through our three reporters, without forgetting the obvious human aspect, as without the men and women of the aviation world, nothing would be done.
SBAP wishes to thank warmly the Imperial War Museum Media team for the accreditations and their support during our stay at Duxford. Thanks also to Rachel and her team and a swift recovery for Esther, who we hope to see back on the scene of action soon.
 Air Festival the human side of the event...
(Serge Van Heertum© & Pierre Taquet© mix up)
 From Tiger Moth...
(Pierre Taquet©)
...to Tiger Moth
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 The World War II fighters of the show
(Serge Van Heertum©)
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Sun and glass
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Bell Sioux AH MkI
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Westland Scout AH MkI
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Agusta Westland Apache AH MkI
(Serge Van Heertum©)
A power look
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The FCR (Fire Control Radar)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 In the bowels of the monster
(Serge Van Heertum©)
A 35 years concept but always on the top
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Skin and rivets
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 Welcome to Sally B
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The jet age trio: British Aircraft Corporation BAC 167 Strikemaster and British Aircraft Corporation BAC Jet Provost T.3
G-SOAF (Mk 82A) in Royal Saudi Air Force colours - G-RSAF (Mk 80A) Royal Air Force of Oman - G-BWDS (T.3A) RAF XM424
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Short history: The aircraft was constructed as a Meteor T.7 by Gloster at Hucclecote, Glossester in 1949. Taken in charge with the Royal Air Force with s/n WA638.
Delivered to RAE Farnborough, WA638 started work after conversion was completed in 1962. After over 500 ejection tests with the non-rocket and rocket seat, WA638 was placed in storage in 1977 and in 1979 withdrawn from RAE use and taken by Martin Baker Aircraft Company, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire. Converted into Meteor T.7/8. The conversion works started in 1997 to recover the aircraft. The first test flight after recovery was held on May 29th, 2001, the aircraft being repainted in the gloss,”hi viz” black paint scheme and on September 4th, 2015 certificate of airworthiness for G-JWMA (GLOSTER METEOR T7, G5/356539) issued.
It is believed that WA638 is the oldest flying military registered jet aircraft in the World.
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(Courtesy Martin Baker Press Center©) (Courtesy Martin Baker Press Center©)
With his brother of arms, the WL419
(Courtesy Martin Baker Press Center©)
The last trials are axed on the Mk 16E seat of the F-35
(Courtesy Martin Baker Press Center©)
Note the reinforcement and the burned metal on the back of the rear cockpit
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The Breitling Jet Team, the last survivor of the Swiss chronograph sponsor...
(Pierre Taquet©)
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The L-39 Albatros of the team are registered in Estonia
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Non airshow aircraft: Douglas DC-3 NC3361 "Clipper Tabitha May"
(Serge Van Heertum©)
De Havilland DH.104 Devon C.1 (VP981) (G-DHDV)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 (VP-FAZ Falkland Islands)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Owned by Natural Environment Research Council
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Air Festival, the photographers choice...
 Tiger Nine Team "Bader's Bus Company" team, simple but amazing
Follow the guide  Boeing CH-47 Chinook HAR.6
 Auster sun effects The Scout and the Beaver
Apache Force  Old time SAR
The "Blades"  The head upside down take off
When Boeing meet Douglas  "Memphis Belle" a Georges Petty illustration
 "Stan" and "Ollie" Escort fighters
The flying Juggernaut "Jug", massive and powerful
Gemini, long time before the space missions  Gemini and the Messenger
Near East strikers Like it was during the Dhofar War
A warrior derivated from the Provost  Break!
 Happy vortex The 2019 Typhoon FGR.4 display
Remember the D-Day  48th Fighter-Bomber Group... Like the P-47D "Nellie"
Mixing  In the VIC
Landing  An elegant team
Black and white to survive Back to BOB for the final
 Perfect diamond Tiger Tiger Tiger...Moth!
Face to face  Banana express
Blue sky and a Typhoon  Tutor training
The aggressive look of the trainer The popular Harvard
 Jet Provost T.3 Back to the 1960's
Side by side A Fighter Training School (FTS) somewhere in the golden 60's?
The armed version Strikemaster is an elegant transformation of the Provost trainer
In the Army now... 
 De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Auster AOP9
 Attack Helicopter Display Team Apache AH Mk. 1
 Catalina flying boat Look at the blades
 Four Wright R-18200-97 Cyclone in action Again Boeing vs Douglas
 "Bader's Bus C°" Piper PA-28 Miles family
Elegancy  This Gemini is not a cricket!
The Breitling Jet Team 
The mailbox Perfect Vic pass
Scramble somewhere in 1940...  Mission is over
Power...  ...power
Large Vic  All directions
Tiger nine 
 Strength of character Low speed and low cost
Ready for attack display  Fire and ashes
 A flying pile munitions It will heat up with wingwalkers
 Indeed! Great place to meet a girl
 Even the Chinook can't stop watching the girls The know how of the RAF College Cranwell
 When the Sioux showed the track to the Scout British Army 667 Squadron Westland Scout AH.1
 Omani warrior Royal Saudi Air Force crossing Royal Air Force of Oman
 The glorious hours of military training USAFE Lakenheath in bad weather conditions
 Former Red Arrows pilots and and it shows Burst!
 The sexy note
Like a Swiss chronograph  All roads lead to Roma
Bomb burst  Box
Landing  Show is over
654321 simply mathematic 
 R.J.Mitchell elliptical shapes Black and White in black and white!
 Next one the "Flying Legends"... Summer will be hot @ IWM Duxford !
(Serge Van Heertum©)

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