East Fortune, Sunderland, Windermere and Bray Airshows

Filed in Airshows, Team News by on 9th Aug 2010

The Twister Duo had a challenging schedule planned for the weekend, starting at East Fortune, home to East Lothian’s national Museum of Flight in Scotland.

Almost 10,000 spectators watched both our Swift Glider and Twister Duo displays under cloudy skies, and for the first time the Twisters were permitted to operate from the disused runway at East Fortune, now used as a go-cart track.

Pic by Guy Westgate

Pic by Guy Westgate

Pic by Guy Westgate

Pic by Guy Westgate

Pic by Guy Westgate

Pic by Guy Westgate

Thanks must go to Matt Robain, who ferried the G-RIOT north to Edinburgh, and then took the S1 Swift glider back to England.

From East Fortune we transited south, past RAF Boulmer for a quick flypast to help celebrate their Families Day, and then on to Newcastle for the 22nd Sunderland International Airshow.

Our schedule after Seaham was timed to the minute and thanks to a quick refuel at Fishburn Airfield we were ahead of schedule, but a weak warm front was causing misery in the Lake District and Bill Hartree, Windermere’s Flying Display Director reported that nothing had flown all day. Reluctantly we repositioned to Newcastle Airport, and conceded our Team’s first weather cancelation.

Pic by Guy Westgate

Pic by Guy Westgate

Pic by Pete Wells

Pic by Pete Wells

Pic by Guy Westgate

Pic by Guy Westgate

The Sunday brought better weather and we started the day back at Sunderland. Previous years have seen poor weather with meagre crowd numbers, but with better forecasts this year, the press reported 1 Million spectators over the weekend along the Seaburn Seafront.

After another refuel at Fishurn, we headed for the Lakes and Windermere for the most spectacular setting of any show in UK. This year celebrated the 10th anniversary of Bowness show but the display area was even more constrained than previous years, with instruction not to overfly Belle Isle. The weather conditions overcast and grey but fortunately dry and the display fitted the display area perfectly.

Pic by Ian Nicol-Heap

Pic by Ian Nicol-Heap

Pic by Ian Nicol-Heap

Pic by Ian Nicol-Heap

Pic by Ian Nicol_heap

Pic by Ian Nicol_heap

From the Lake District, we dropped into refresh our smoke oil at the Lakes Gliding club before striking out across the Irish Sea towards Dublin and the 2010 Bray Air Spectacular.

The Airshow featured local legends Eddie Goggins and Dave Bruton and headline act – the Su26 Matadors.

After the display we dropped into the grass strip at Newcastle, just south of Dublin for fuel and a cup of tea. We were treated like royalty, so thanks to Gerry Humphries and the gang for making us so welcome. Highlight of the stop however was the local pest control – a beautiful Harris Hawk kept at the airport to keep the sparrows out of the Hangars.

After our busiest weekend to date, with 5 Duo displays and another 3 Swift Glider displays completed, it was time to go home. A welcome 15kt tail wind helped us across the Irish Sea and Welsh mountains in record time.

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