What a great July weekend! Summer finally arrived and we had two hot days with a light wind, absolutely perfect for flying. There were approximately 90 pilots booked-in to fly. Over the weekend there were approximately 35000 spectators. They were treated to a massive show which included a large trade presence to tempt everyone spend their money. In addition there was entry to the famous Cosford RAF Museum and Visitor Centre with its hangers full of interesting exhibits.
Over four hundred people camped on the site. On Saturday evening there was a barbeque and a late bar. A band kept everyone entertained.
DB Sound again provided the commentary in his usual factual and friendly style. As always his efforts were much appreciated by the crowd.
The pictures give an idea of the wide range of models that were displayed.
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Photographs along the flightline giving an idea of how large the show was.
Dave Johnson’s 20% DC3. Details of the model are included in the page dedicated to this model.
Dave prepares his DC3 for another flight.
Steve Holland demonstrated some of his skills with the Giles. This was about as high as it flew most of the time. In Steve’s hands it was capable of some fantantic maneouvers including all the flicks, hovering and standard aerobatic stunts you could think of.
Glen Master’s Beech just released for its next flight to join another WWII sortie. Built from a Nick Zeroli plan.
The mighty and well known 50% scale Comet of Steve Holland. This model also has a page on this site dedicated to it.
The liverpool group’s aircraft who specialise in WWII aircraft.
Roger Bale’s 20% scale Antonov AN2. Wing span is 10ft 4″ and the body’s length is 7ft 6″. It is traditionally built using ply and lite ply formers. Covered in Glosstex with blue trim. Powered by a Zenoah 80cc engine with a 24″x8″ propellor. It weighs 40lbs.
Jeff Pearson’s 50% scale Jungmeister.
The Ghost squadron get the Wellington ready for another flight.
A close up of the nose of the Wellington.
Steve Thomas’ nice Yak.
A super Harvard.
Without doubt one of the stars of this year’s show was the Victor bomber of Gordon Nichols (seen pushing). This fantastic twin turbine model looked and sounded real in the sky; quite a show stopper.
Looks and sounded magnificent.
Another great achievement is the Ghost Squadron’s Horton. This weird looking aircraft was the forerunner of the stealth bomber. With twin jets this also was a great aircraft to watch.
The team prepare for flight!
You can see that orientation during flying could easily be a problem.
John Townsend’s 50% Magister flew well in the near perfect conditions.
Roy Salter’s 50% Eastbourne model was the largest of the ‘early aircraft’ represented.
A final photograph showing the Victor and Horton together.
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