|The centre piece for the whole show - XH 558|
What a fantastic piece of engineering - "the pride of Great Britain"
Vulcan to the Skies - you've done yourselves proud
The conditions were atrocious - as were the tanoy announcements - so several of the displays were cancelled without the masses being informed.
|P40 - Kittyhawk|
|P51 Mustang - "Jumpin Jaques"|
The planes that did fly were superb - centre stage was the AVRO Vulcan - "The Spirit of Great Britain". The "peoples plane" she provided the focal point for the whole event - magnificent!
There were plenty of other planes to be seen, many airshow veterans recalling the airshows of yesteryear - Manston was always a "good-un"
There was always something going on, but the strong winds did nothing to aid proceedings. The Sea Fury pilot; Chris Gotke, came across to speak with the crowds - he was unsure if he would be able to display under the weather conditions? It was quite surreal - this guy was about to display a plane; he was just an ordinary bloke - fantastic advert (anyone can have aspirations)
|The star of the show (in my opinion) - the Hawker Sea Fury |
This is one major league aeroplane - every bit as important as the Spitfire and Hurricane in our history and heritage.
|Airbourne - just why Chris was at Manston!|
|Is this the last time that a Vulcan leaves Manston?|
Vulcan to the Skies
It was a fantastic event - spoilt by the weather and road chaos. There is abosolutely nothing more that the organisers could have done? Angie Sutton (AS Enterprises) and Charles Buchanan (Manston Airport) have to be praised for their efforts, but learn from this experience if the event is to become a regular occurence.
|Mitchell B-25 |