Belgian Air Force Demo Team 2012
   Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures : Serge Van Heertum, Luc Dujardin, & Bruno Ghils  © sbap 2012  

All aviation fans without any doubt known what the Flying Legend airshow is…The largest European war birds airshow…Since a long time, every year, Stephen Grey (the Boss of the Flying Legend) organizes this airshow in collaboration with the prestigious Imperial War Museum.
The 2012 airshow edition saw an amazing amount of war birds from the “Flying Legend” collection but also coming from other places like the “Royal Navy Historical Flight” of Yeovilton, “Battle of Britain Memorial Flight” based at Scampton or private owned war birds. The weather conditions were quite good on Saturday except heavy wind preventing the foreseen World War I plane to fly. Every year Duxford airshow has lots of surprises or novelties. This year it was the first appearance of the brand new restored Republic P-47G-10 “Thunderbolt” “Snafu”. This airplane is again airworthy after 6 years of heavy work and the results is purely wonderful. Along the four hours and an half of display, it was a non-stop amazing and spectacular airshow with inter alia a formation of 8 Spitfires (some of the Battle of Britain period), Corsair, Bearcat and other Sea Fury. In one word a place  for all the war birds lover and in fact Duxford is not so far away after crossing the channel and taken the famous English breakfast on the boat…

Ready to cross the channel...(Luc Dujardin) The famous English breakfast (Luc Dujardin)
Sun is coming up...will be good !  (Luc Dujardin) The arrival at Duxford  (Luc Dujardin)

Ready to take pictures of the loved war birds ! (Luc Dujardin)

Located at Duxford in the Cambridshire, at a couple of miles of Cambridge city, this airfield was built in 1918 and between the wars the airfield was the home base of many different fighter squadron of the RAF. Also in 1936, the airfield was the test platform of Lt Frank Whittle during the development of the British first jet engine. A first Spitfire squadron was based at Duxford in 1938. It was the well-known 19 Squadron. In September 1939, Great Britain enters in the war against the German. During the Battle of Britain, Duxford was one of the airfields placed in high state of readiness. After the moving of the 19th Squadron, Duxford became the home base of the 310th Czechoslovakian Squadron and the 242th Squadron led by Sir Douglas Bader. During the war many RAF squadron were affected at Duxford but also USAAF groups and Squadrons. After the war Duxford saw different RAF Squadron’s based there. The last RAF jet to leave Duxford airbase was a Gloster Javelin in July 1961 and a Gloster Meteor NF.14 in August. The RAF station Duxford was than complete closed. In 1968 the airfield was used to realize the George Hamilton war movie “the Battle of Britain”. In 1969 The Ministry of Defense declared its intention to dispose of Duxford. Plans were even made for a sports center or a prison but were never finalized. Later the airfield was taken by the Imperial War Museum as extension of the London buildings. Along the years the place took more and more importance and is currently one of the best British aeronautical Museums. This airfield was also the best place to develop the “Flying Legend” concept and over the years it was growing up to the result we know today.

The typical RAF building...(Luc Dujardin) ...rememberance of the historical past of the base (Luc Dujardin)
Morning activities, static display and Close up...
De Havilland DH-89A "Dragon Rapide" (Serge Van Heertum) North American "Harvard" Mk4M (Serge Van Heertum)
De Havilland DH-89A "Dragon Rapide" (Serge Van Heertum) (Luc Dujardin)
Beech 18 (C-45 Expeditor) (Serge Van Heertum) Max Holste 1521 C1 "Broussard" (Serge Van Heertum)
Douglas C-47A "Dakota" (Serge Van Heertum) De Havilland Canada DHC-1 "Chipmunk" 22A (Serge Van Heertum)
De Havilland DH-82A "Tiger Moth" (Serge Van Heertum) De Havilland DH-82A "Tiger Moth" (Serge Van Heertum)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire's : X4650 Mk I A...Remember the Battle of Britain !  (Serge Van Heertum)
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The famous Flying Fortress "Sally B" alias "Memphis Belle" in the well known movie...(Serge Van Heertum) & (Luc Dujardin)
Douglas A-1D "Skyraider", not seen in the air on Saturday..?.sad!  (Luc Dujardin) Engine test bench...with a Rolls Royce...what a spendid noise!  (Luc Dujardin)
The airshow...war birds...war birds...war birds......(Serge Van Heertum & Luc Dujardin)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire's : P9374 MkI - X4650 Mk I A - AR213 Mk I A
Lockheed P-38L/F-5G Lightning 44-53254
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire’s :
EP120 Mk Vb - MV154 HF VIIIc - MH434 LF IXc - V293 FR XIVe - TD248 LF XVIe - PS890 PR XIX
Casa HA-112 M1L “Buchon” :
C.4K-31 “Desert” - C.4K-102 “Europe
Chance Vought FG-1D Corsair 88297 Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat 121714
Republic P-47G-10 Thunderbolt 42-25068 & Boeing B-17G-105 Flying Fortress 44-85784
Avro Lancaster B I PA474 & Vickers Supermarine Spitfire's P7350 Mk II A - PS915 PR XIX
Junkers Ju 52/3mg2e 5489
Casa 1.131E Jungmann G-BSAJ & Casa ES-1 Jungmeister G-BUTX

Hawker Sea Fury WH589 FB 11

Curtiss Hawk 75 n°82 - Curtiss P-40B Warhawk 41-13297 - Curtiss P-40F Warhawk 41-19841

Yak fighters : 0470406 Yak-9UM (HB-RYA) - 0470107 Yak-3M “White 100” - 25-III-08 Yak-11

Hawker Nimrod’s : Mk I S1581 - Mk II K3661 “yellow tail”

North American P-51 Mustangs : P-51D-25 44-73149 “Ferocious Frankie”  -  TF-51D-25 44-73871  -  TF-51D-25 44-84847 “Miss Velma”
Westland Lysander IIIA V9552
Consolidated PBV-1A Canso A 11005
Sikorsky S-38
Hawker Sea Fury : VX281 T.20
Fairey Swordfish Mk II LS326
Boeing PT-17 Kaydet 75717 SE-BOG  &  Naval aircraft factory A-75N1 Stearman N505V

Douglas C-53D 42-68823

Beech UC-43 Traveller 23689  &  Beech D17 Staggerwing G-BRVE

The final..."Balbo" operation, 21 war birds at same time...Majestic!   (Serge Van Heertum & Luc Dujardin)
Men and machines...
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(Luc Dujardin) The belle and the beast... (Luc Dujardin)
Show is over...rendez-vous next year...
Ready to cross the channel back...(Luc Dujardin) Follow the arrow to get back on the continent (Luc Dujardin)


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