Propwash was a new event on the Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome calendar and the first of its type totally dedicated to aviation
Historic aviation and flying was saluted at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Maldon, Essex, on Sunday, July 23.
As well as numerous aircraft, some representing the World War One period and others recalling the thrilling ‘barnstorming’ era, one of the working museum’s hangars hosted a talk by best-selling author Ian Castle, presented between two aircraft. Later, there was standing room only for the chance to meet RAF veteran and guest of honour Jim Dearlove, who flew the de Havilland Mosquito during World War Two.
In the early afternoon, defying the dismal weather forecast, multiple aircraft took to the Essex skies – ranging from the quirky Turbulent display, where aircraft play limbo under obstacles, to the acrobatics of the Redhawk RF-4. The display closed with eight de Havilland Tiger Moths in formation, a rare sight that drew welcome applause from the crowd.
CEO Ian Flint said: “To have Mr Dearlove here with us has been an honour and a privilege. Then, to have the weather permit us to have so many of these wonderful aircraft in the air, too, was the icing on the cake. With so many aircraft in the air and on the ground to see, it’s no wonder that everyone on the site is beaming with smiles!”