Ash impacts first airshow at Duxford
The volcanic ash cloud has had a first impact on an airshow.
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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