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Andy C

Cosford Airshow 2013 (A lot of photo's !!)

Had a great day here today. Arrived just before 12, which was when the displays started and left just after the Vulcan at about 4.30.

First to start the displays was the RAF Falcon's. Freefalling to 120mph, then pulling the parachute. Very impressive.





Then a Typhoon arrived. I was always a big fan of the Tornado, but I love the shape, and agility of this thing beggar's belief

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The Red Arrows, as always were spectacular:





Just missed the 'cross'!























I then went off to get a beer before the Vulcan, and an apache helicopter arrived and did a very impressive display. I had walked back towards the hanger so was too far away to get any pics. It was only once I got back to near the perimeter fence I noticed the guy below getting out of the apache. Turns out he was the co-pilot! I had wondered why there was a huge rush to where it had parked up.



Then.... the main reason why I was there:



















I love this plane. The presence it has, the shape and the noise is spectacular. Just the way when it was normally cruising with them 2 other planes above, it was silent, then when they pulled away, the Vulcan full on caned it..launched into a nigh on vertical climb and the roar was just mesmerizing.

This was supposed to be the Vulcan's last year of flying, but the bloke commentating did say they've announced 'Operation 15', meaning it may be able to fly in 2014 and 15 with considerable funding as it would need a lot of work done to the engines and wings. Let's hope.
Boxer6

Some stunning pics there Andy, and I must admit the Typhoon is a cracking looking aeroplane.

The BoBF aircraft are really something else, as are the people who look after them - one of City of Lincolns' engines was still out on Thursday IIRC, undergoing an overhaul.

Oh, and the Vulcan definitely has secured funding for the next 2 years .. better start the fund-raising for post-2015 soon then!
Frank Bullitt

Like you Andy, I find something utterly intoxicating about the Vulcan - I've yet to see 558 fly, need to remedy that soon! Glad to see they have funding for the main work on the wings.
Twelfth Monkey

I haven't been to an airshow in years, must rectify that.  Cracking photos.
Tim

I've seen the Typhoons flying from Leuchars a few times and they almost look like a paper dart caught in the wind. I think they take off in half the distance of a Tornado.

I need to get to see the Vulcan soon.
PR

Superb pictures Andy.

Had I been free I'd like to have come along to this event. The last time I saw some impressive showing off by a jet was when I was at the French Grand Prix in 2001 and a single Mirage was on display. The pilot put it into a vertical climb right above me and must have practically made it to space! I'd love to see a Vulcan fly.
Tim

PR wrote:
I'd love to see a Vulcan fly.


They're stunning (I think - last time I saw one was about 30 years ago!).
The weirdest thing was that when it was taxiing I was stood directly behind it (a safe distance) and there was absolutely no noise at all - there was an incredible heat haze though.
It made up for the silence during take-off and display though  
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Wow! I wish I'd been there - those Vulcan photos are stunning. So pleased to hear it's going to carry on flying.
PG

We went to Cosford a few years ago and it basically pissed down so badly all day that practically nothing flew. Weather was much better for you I'm glad to see.

We saw the Vulcan at the Goodwood Revivial when we went - it flew overhead and did a demonstration. As you say, the noise is amazing. It totally deserves to be kept flying. It is a travesty to me that the RAF don't fund it. It is a part of their heritage, like the BoBF. The time before that I saw a Vulcan was on the way up to Yorkshire sometime in the late 1960 / early 1970's.  They were doing practice landings and take off at an RAF base by the A1 and my Dad stopped so we could watch.

The fact that the Vulcan has been restored and got flying by private donations, makes me think that had there been the opportunity, I bet a Concord could have been kept flying for airshows and the like (not carrying passengers). I wonder if in 20 years somebody will get one airborne again?
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

PG wrote:
The fact that the Vulcan has been restored and got flying by private donations, makes me think that had there been the opportunity, I bet a Concord could have been kept flying for airshows and the like (not carrying passengers). I wonder if in 20 years somebody will get one airborne again?

I've often wondered the same, and agree totally with the rest of your post.
DetmoldDick

Some great photos there, especially like the side-on view of the Lancaster..what camera and lens are you using?
I believe I have worked on that very Lynx whilst in Bosnia. They can still put on a very aerobatic show after over 35 years in service.
I have only seen a Vulcan fly once and that was when they were still operational, it must have been about 1971/1972. Another impressive aircraft was the Lightning and I shall never forget seeing, hearing and feeling 3 of them taking off and vertically climbing in close arrow formation at Anglesey. Are there any still flying?
Tim

DetmoldDick wrote:
Another impressive aircraft was the Lightning and I shall never forget seeing, hearing and feeling 3 of them taking off and vertically climbing in close arrow formation at Anglesey. Are there any still flying?


None flying at present as far as I'm aware.
There were a couple in South Africa but a fatal crash made the owner stop.
There's one under restoration in the States and at least 2 that do taxi-runs at Bruntingthorpe. I think these latter ones are pretty much ready to fly but there are too many hurdles for them to take the final step.
It's a pity as the Lightning was always memorable at airshows.
Andy C

DetmoldDick wrote:
Some great photos there, especially like the side-on view of the Lancaster..what camera and lens are you using?
I believe I have worked on that very Lynx whilst in Bosnia. They can still put on a very aerobatic show after over 35 years in service.
I have only seen a Vulcan fly once and that was when they were still operational, it must have been about 1971/1972. Another impressive aircraft was the Lightning and I shall never forget seeing, hearing and feeling 3 of them taking off and vertically climbing in close arrow formation at Anglesey. Are there any still flying?


Thanks,  Nikon D40 with a Nikon 70-300mm lens.

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