Raydon Wings 2001

 

Heads were being turned again at  Raydon Wings, Pure Classics Air & Auto Show. A good crowd were treated to good weather and good flying, here in the form of the awesome P-47D, making its way past the double crowd-line.

 

A considerable number of immaculate veteran and vintage cars were on display amidst the stalls, making for a fine opportunity to part with money, which I did whilst the children were enjoying the Hadleigh High School Swing Band!

 

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A fine selection of WW2 military vehicles were very popular. The work involved in restoration is only to be guessed at!

 

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Entertainment was on hand in the form of the roundabout, and a small-gauge steam railway.

 

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A busy view over the military vehicles towards one of the static aircraft lines.

 

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The tent-museum was one of the most impressive aspects of the whole day. Here are artefacts, including, f from a P-47, the underbelley drop tank.

 

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Announcing the museum-tent was a stylish tableau featuring a land girl and suitable implements!

 

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Uniforms, weapons and badeges from the days when Raydon was a wartime garrison town!

 

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A fine selection of radio-control model aircraft were on display; this Zero took my fancy!

 

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The steam ride was popular.

 

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The Blenheim taxi-ing back from its display. There was a mere soft purr from its engines and the display was as high on grace as on nostalgia. 

 

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Seen for the first time at Raydon since the 1997 show is the B 17 'Sally B', a wonderful sight.

 

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TBM-3R Avenger; a rare and  much- appreciated visitor.

 

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An improbable line up, perhaps, but a possibility .. with very little out of place as a period 30's-40's setting!

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Spitfire V, and very much an oil painting!

 

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Grumman F3-F; bulbous, but resplendent in its pre-war finery.

 

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P 51D 'Janie' in invasion stripes.

 

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The 'Utterly Butterley's ready for take off, complete with stunt girls.

 

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P 51D 'Big Beautiful Doll' gleams in late-afternoon September sunshine.

 

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The Fighter Collection's P 47D showed off its lines well for  photographers.

 

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The P 47D picked up some of the best late sunshine for its photogenic display.

 

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Lancaster and Hurricane take their last pass, lit now by only a watery Sun as the clouds gather again .. but it is enough.

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