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Walney Airfield

Walney Airshow 16th July 2005

Taking place at BAE Systems airfield on Walney Island, an airfield that offers a perfect setting for an Airshow at the edge of the Lake District with views of the Mountains to the North and the sea to the East. The event was organised by a team of volunteers lead by Show organiser Paul Rose. Sponsored by local companies and businesses the show was Free to the public. The airshow offered the visitor an up close experience of the participating aircraft and the flying display.


The show opened with a very low parachute drop by the RAF Falcons to the sound of the Weather Girls "Its raining men"  fortunately the low cloud at the start quickly burnt off leaving the event basking in sunshine for the rest of the day. The show then went on to run without and gaps and the only amendment was the inclusion of the T33 to replace F86 Sabre. and The Real Aeroplane companies Miles Magister replaced the RAF Sea King which had been called to help at an incident in the Lake District.
With so many varied displays it was hard to say which one stood out as the best on the day. For aerobatics the Skybolt and Extra 300 spellbound the crowds. The awesome sight of Sally B and the sight and sound of so many Merlin engines in the numerous Spitfires and Mustangs gave the audience the feeling of the war years on this 1940's airfield. Then there were the display teams no show is complete these days without the Utterly Butterly Stearmans and then the precision of the Yakovlevs in their Yak 50's &52. Finally the jets from the RAF came a Hawk of 100 Sqn as previously mentioned a T33 and making its airshow debut Hawker Hunter XE601 which demonstrated to the crowd what a blue not Hunter sounds like.

All in all a great day and the oranisers are now at work on the next event in 2007 watch this space.