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Ash impacts first airshow at Duxford

The volcanic ash cloud has had a first impact on an airshow.

17-May-2010


Battle of Britain pair. Key - Gary Parsons

May 17: The volcanic ash cloud’s reappearance over the UK had a first impact on an airshow yesterday when the Royal Air Force’s Typhoon and Lancaster were unable to get airborne from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire to display at the Imperial War Museum’s opening Spring Airshow at Duxford in Cambridgeshire.

Despite the airspace restrictions to the north, the airshow went ahead largely as planned although the participation of both the RAF Hawk and Tucano displays were in doubt as late as 1400 hours, but conditions eased sufficiently for both to eventually take part.

With better weather than anticipated, the airshow was notable for the appearance of two genuine Battle of Britain veteran aircraft together as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s (BBMF) Spitfire II P7350 was joined by Peter Vacher’s Hurricane MK I R4118, flown by Flt Lt ‘Parky’ Parkinson and ex-BBMF boss Al Pinner respectively.

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Rod McKenzie said on the 18-May-2010 at 17:19

With items being cancelled & reinstated all afternoon, it's little wonder this show felt somewhat 'lumpy' - there was an impressive mix of types, but I really felt it could have been presented with a bit more imagination. Also, the IWM's bizarre decision to ban visiting aircraft really detracted from the atmosphere.
The lack of heavy metal meant that 'Miss Demeanour' was easily the star of the show, narrowly eclipsing 'The Boss' in the Sea Fury and the Hurricane three-ship. No disrespect to the Marshall's team, but I had no idea what they were doing there, and several people in my section of the crowd seemed not to even notice their display!

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