Yorkshire Air Show 2015.

Last weekend I went to this Air Show at the former RAF Church Fenton, setting off early with my Father meant that we managed to avoid most of the early queues and bag a decent spot for our chairs at the front. We both made the trip to have the chance to see theVulcan bomber one last time in the air. I visited a lot of airshows with my Dad when I was younger and the Vulcan was always a favourite, it was nice to be able to take a trip again with my Dad to see out the end of an era.

The Air Show was very well attended with plenty of ground exhibits to look at. The Old Air bases is looking a little run down but it is due a major facelift to bring it back as a commercial airport- that said they’ll need to improve its road links too.

The air displays were very good- expecially with regards to vinage jets and WW2 planes. A Meteor, Vampire, MiG15, Jet Provost and a pair of Gnats gave me my early Cold War fix. Staying with the Cold War era it was nice to see a display by two ‘Nam era helicopters – the Huey and Loach, both in civilian hands. Apparently they are looking to adda Cobra to their collection too. Also we saw no less than three marks of Spitfire, a Hurricane, a P51D (Cadillac of the Skies no less) and a P 40 Warhawk (the first time I had ever seen the latter in flight) from WW2 as well as a C47.

The Star of the show was the Vulcan of course, its distinctive shape and roar of engines was the reason 90%+ of the crowd attended probably. As a treat we saw it in formation with the pair of Gnats too (it was supposed to be a trio but a fatal crash in August meant it was not to be so- the formation gave a surprisingly moving ‘missing man’ tribute to their fallen friend).

As we are now in a post Shoreham world some of the displays were a little tamer compared to the remembered air shows of my youth. The Vulcan too suffered from over regulation, the roar of its engines never seemed to last as long as it used to. A few more modern fast jets to excite the crowd (and sate the Futurist in me) would be all I want to see added to the bill- they will be sorely needed now that XH558 is grounded.

Any way enough waffle I’ll get to the pictures- most are off the ground displays- a combination of poor skills and poor equipment meant my flying shots didn’t come out.

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Cheers,

Pete.

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Update, mid July- a smorgasboard of Airwar gamers, Airshows, the RSI and Afghanistan.

Been a while since I’ve posted anything and as such I’ve got a bit behind on things. As such this will be a bit of a whistle stop tour of what I’ve been up to.

Firstly I have played a trio of air war games:

A rather nice little skirmish set in the period of the fall of Singapore. The games was played with Bill's newly acquired models.

A rather nice little skirmish set in the period of the fall of Singapore. The games was played with Bill’s newly acquired models.

We enjoyed the game so much we had a second go of it using the same models the following week.

We enjoyed the game so much we had a second go of it using the same models the following week.

The following week I put on a Korean Airwar game, with 8 MIG15s trying to shoot down 3 B29s with a small fighter escort.

The following week I put on a Korean Airwar game, with 8 MIG15s trying to shoot down 3 B29s with a small fighter escort.

In a previous blog post I showcased my Decima Mas force. I couldn’t wait to get them on to the table so I came up with a quick scenario set in the final months of the war in Italy. Evan and I played the game a couple of weeks ago using NUTS! as usual.

Evan's Shermans approach the RSI held village.

Evan’s Shermans approach the RSI held village.

I try to reinforce with two freesh squads of Decima Mas troops. It was to be in vain as Evan's textbook tactics gave him a convincing win.

I try to reinforce with two freesh squads of Decima Mas troops. It was to be in vain as Evan’s textbook tactics gave him a convincing win.

I also managed to fit in a family day out to the Waddington Airshow. It was a great day out- the first Airshow I’d been long to since I was a child. Lots to see there- more than you can really manage in a day. Great to see the flying displays, the Battle of Britain Memorial flight was a stirring as ever, especially with a Dambusters anniversary flypast too. The Vulcan was there displaying, as majestic and powerful as I remember from at least two decades ago, the other military fast jets were a favourite of mine. For some reason the aerobatic displays left me a little unimpressed, although the technical skills on display were very impressive.

The Battle of Britain Memorial flight.

The Battle of Britain Memorial flight.

The mighty Vulcan.

The mighty Vulcan.

A Vietnam era Huey on ground display.

A Vietnam era Huey on ground display.

There seemed to be less aircraft on ground display than the last show I went to and the USAF were completely absent. I guess the reason lies with operational commitments and the changing nature of airforce inventories since 1992… There were also far more ‘family friendly’ activities at Waddington than at prior shows.

Moving back to gaming; playtesting has begun in earnest for the modern rule modifications I am working on.

An Afghanistan game in progress.

An Afghanistan game in progress.

It’s a case of watch this space as I may need some extra playtesters soon….

So there you go, a quick overview of my hobby activities over the last month or so. If anyone wants and more pictures of anything I’ve featured please shout out as I’ve plenty more pictures, especially of the airshow including some very short videos I took on my ancient camera. I’ll have to look into stitching them together to make a mini film I suppose.

Cheers,

Pete.