A last minute decision to visit Duxford for the 2019 Flying legends airshow was on the cards. After getting up early for a trip to RAF Lakenheath in hope to get some activity, I left there early as the base was quiet with only 6 F-15e Eagles launched to go on a deployment to Europe.
Arrived at Duxford at 12-00 noon, to find most of the aircraft that was taking part at this event had arrived a couple of days earlier, as this was a practice day for the event the entrance fee to Duxford was the normal price.
Once in and all the aircraft were assembled on the flight line it was out with my Nikon 80-400mm lens to pick off the aircraft I wanted, I found this lens ideal for the shots I required. Whilst the weather was hot and a nice cool breeze this I found a little deceptive so I put on my sun block just in case, glad I did as it was starting to burn a little. By waiting to the afternoon 14-00hrs, photographically the sun had just come round to the more favorable side.
This years legends was not the legends of old, it was more UK warbirds than European examples, maybe this is the new rules in aviation for foreign participants, this was a shame really as over the years the foreign participants were the highlights of the event, saying that we in the UK have a very good number of warbirds on the register, long may it last. For me there were a good number of the warbirds I needed to photograph and catch up with, the two p-51 Mustangs especially one of them, the Shark mouth example, that aircraft has been alluding me for years, nice to catch up with it at last. Another highlight was 5 Buchon examples of the ME-109, 4 of which I have seen before and there was a new kid on the block, which most aviation enthusiast had come to see, all these aircraft are based at Sywell, Northamptonshire.
With Duxford based warbirds on offer, the show preview was not that bad it shows that we have a healthy number of aircraft on the register. The afternoons flying practices was not bad, the only thing is you need a larger focal lens,at least 500mm + to get near full frame, and I found being at the M11 end of the airfield you are best for the top shots and they are closer to you, saying that I didnt do the show days, so the flight line passes may have been further away. Regarding visiting aircraft for the weekend the highlight for me was an AN-2 In the markings of the Polish Air Force and a couple of Beech 18s from Switzerland.
I had a good 4 hours at the show practices, will I go again maybe if they can attract some of our European friends along I hope those who went during the show days had a good time despite the lack of European warbirds that help fill the programme.