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Booker Airshow Circa 1973
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PostPosted: October 28th, 2016, 5:19 pm 
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I recently stumbled on these old photographs amongst a lot of old family stuff I have been meaning to sort through (and as usual kept putting off!); they were taken on an old Braun 35mm camera that incidentally used to belong to the Astor family (my grandmother was a nanny for them many years back).
Although I cannot be certain of the year, it was around 1973-75; Booker is now High Wycombe Air Park, but back then had an annual airshow. This was before the days of 3 mile crowd separation :frown: , and the ban on overflying crowds. I can plainly remember seeing a Spitfire appear from the dip that was the far side of the (grass) runway, about 200yds from the crowd and pulling up into a vertical climb immediately above our heads before doing a wingtip stall turn and diving back the way he came :grin: . The RAF also used to come along for a play, with a Super (I think) VC10 that used to do low and slow dirty passes, tail seemingly a dozen or so feet off the grass before giving it the beans and going up like a fighter trailing black smoke...
The Swordfish must be the same one flown now by the FAA Historic Flight, but this was the last time I have seen it fly; every time since it has appeared on an airsho programme I have attended, it has gone tech and not shown up :shock: . One day I'll see her again!
Any information on the others would be of interest; I'm guessing that the Taifun was a replica, but possibly genuine. The Spitfire is a MkIa S/No AR213, a survivor of the War and a flying star of the Film 'The Battle of Britain'. She is still flying with JZ E letters.

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And would you believe it, this is a photo taken by me at Kemble in 2010 of the very same aircraft :-D , only about 35 years apart!

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Great old shots. And good to see the warbirds still active.

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Awesome pics. Many thanks for sharing them (any more?) I am sure that that 108 is the same one that was flying to the Roundhay park gala some time in the 70's. The flying display was iirc, A Bell Jet Ranger, The ME108 (that was advertised as a 109), the Blue Eagles with their Bell 47's, and the Red Devils parachute team of the British Army. Thanks for awakening those memories.

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I bet the 108 is G-ATBG which was own and flown by Lindsey Walton. Technically it was a French built Nord 1002 Pingouin.


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Gregers wrote:
Awesome pics. Many thanks for sharing them (any more?) I am sure that that 108 is the same one that was flying to the Roundhay park gala some time in the 70's. The flying display was iirc, A Bell Jet Ranger, The ME108 (that was advertised as a 109), the Blue Eagles with their Bell 47's, and the Red Devils parachute team of the British Army. Thanks for awakening those memories.

All the best.

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Hi Greg,

No more pictures I'm afraid; I'm sure there were more including several of the Mosquito that used to display there (including passes along the crowd line on one engine... :shock: ), but I suspect they are lost to time now :cry:
I remember the Red Devils appearing at Booker and being fascinated by the smoke flares strapped to their ankles!

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I bet the 108 is G-ATBG which was own and flown by Lindsey Walton. Technically it was a French built Nord 1002 Pingouin.


Cheers Fred, I suspect that you may well be right about that!

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