Clacton Airshow 25th August 2017
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Twelve members and friends got into two mini buses and headed for Clacton along a pretty route. On arrival at The Clacton Bowls Club we settled down and had something to eat and drink while some bought raffle tickets and won prizes as usual. I think they have grown to accept us each year and make us very welcome. It was soon time to explore the stalls on the green and I decided to walk up to the end of the Pier to view the Show. I always find this a better point to watch the Show as you are much closer to the aircraft than on the front or the beach. On the way an AS350BB Squirrel HT1 (ZJ265) from Norwich Airport and which is based at the Defence Helicopter Flying School, Shawbury, carried Red 10 Mike Ling across the sea front before returning to Clacton Airfield and arrived at the Radio Essex commentary point. Also an MDH MD-900 Explorer (G-EHHA) Essex Air Ambulance flew over and a Cessna with a banner flew around. At 1pm The Red Arrows flew over from the town to start their Aerobatic Show. Two Norwegian Vampires (PX-K, LN-DHY), a DH100 Vampire FB6 and (PX-M, LN-DHZ) a DH115 Vampire T55 came in formation doing several circuits. We would see these later with another jet from the Norwegian Air Force Heritage Flight based in Ryge, Norway. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight did come next in the form of a Vickers Supermarine 390 Spitfire PR XIX (PS915) which made quite a few people happy as the BBMF had been grounded with their Merlin engines. Next came the Auto Gyro Calidus (G-DISP) which was thrown around and had smoke trailing behind. This was followed by a display of the RAF Grob G115E Tutor T1 (G-BYXM). Following this was The Firefies display team with their two Vans RV4's (G-SPRK and G-SPRX). The Consilodated Catalina (433915, G-PBYA) gave a good display as did the Team Raven display team with their six Vans RV8 (G-VFDE, G-SOUT, G-MAXV, G-EGRV, G-CJSH, G-CIBM). Next came the Hawker Huricane II (BE505, G-HHII) which flew in from North Weald. The rare BAC Strikemaster (425, G-SOAF) did a good display as did the Mig 15 (18, N104CJ) and Vampires, which we saw earlier in the day. The aerobaticic Xtreme 41 (G-IIRI) performed a daring display. The Show concluded with The Tigers Parachute Team, who were dropped from a Britten Norman Islander.(G-AXUB) and landed in the sea before doing a salute to the Mayor. With the lovely sunny weather this was a most enjoyable show and we all arrived back tired and happy to Easton Village Hall.
Thanks to the two drivers including Peter Wood who organised the two trips, and who were probably more tired than us!

Andrew Elphick       

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