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Compton Abbas Vintage & Classic Aircraft Fly-In

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Compton Abbas Vintage & Classic Aircraft Fly-In

Postby Cessna954 » Mon May 14, 2018 7:49 pm

I went along to the Vintage and Classic fly-in at the glorious Compton Abbas airfield yesterday. With fine weather it was a great turn out of cars, bikes and planes and on arrival was asked if i wanted to park in the show area - as my car's not classic or vintage I guessed they were referring to the driver. I politely declined and proceeded to park at the 26 end of the runway. Whilst the weather was fine it wasn't hot yet heat haze and atmospheric clutter were a major problem all day and making shots with a focal length of about 300mm or over record shots only.

It was a good turnout of aircraft with 70+ visitors plus some of the residents going up. Noteworthy attendance was 3 visiting and 1 resident Harvard/Texan, 1 visiting and 2 resident Stearman, 2 visiting Tiger Moths, 4 Chipmunks, some older Cessnas and Pipers as well as the de Havilland Dragonfly and a Beech 18. To my amazement it was the first time i had seen the Dragonfly. Overall, 15 new frames in the log book.

First off, the big radials!!!

G-AZBN/FT931 - a Harvard with a browning machinegun in the starboard wing
Image20180513-150719-Compton Abbas-2 by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

G-CHYN - a nice T-6 Texan in West German AF markings
Image20180513-123042-Compton Abbas-6 by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

N726KM - a T-6 Texan in South African AF markings
Image20180513-115348-Compton Abbas by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

N68427 - A75 Kaydet
Image20180513-123934-Compton Abbas-3 by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

G-CCXB - B75 Kaydet
Image20180513-105535-Compton Abbas by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

G-AZLE - E75 Kaydet
Image20180513-122754-Compton Abbas-2 by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

G-BTDE - Cessna 165 visiting from Liverpool
Image20180513-115131-Compton Abbas by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

G-BKGL Beech 18 making a spirited arrival and totally catching me by suprise (but snatched a quick burst of pictures)
Image20180513-141145-Compton Abbas-5 by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

Image20180513-141552-Compton Abbas-3 by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

Vintage trainers and liaison

G-BCPU - in great Liverpool UAS markings but familiar to me as previously flying in BA lvery http://www.civilianaviation.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=188&t=29469
Image20180513-115933-Compton Abbas-5 by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

Image20180513-144136-Compton Abbas-3 by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

G-BEUI - J3C Cub
Image20180513-135024-Compton Abbas by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

G-BGSJ - J3C Cub
Image20180513-125424-Compton Abbas by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

G-BPHR - de Havilland Australia Tiger Moth
Image20180513-125002-Compton Abbas by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

G-ALBJ - Auster AOP5
Image20180513-111639-Compton Abbas-2 by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

G-EMSY - de Havilland Tiger Moth
Image20180513-124844-Compton Abbas by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

The Classics

G-ATMC - Cessna 150 and so well presented in period colours
Image20180513-142809-Compton Abbas by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

G-AVBR - Piper Cherokee equally well turned our in period colours
Image20180513-133616-Compton Abbas-2 by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

G-AIXN - Benes-Mraz Sokol M1C
Image20180513-122954-Compton Abbas by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

G-BWNU - Piper Tomahawk
Image20180513-121814-Compton Abbas-3 by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

G-DRGL - Piper Super Cub
Image20180513-122102-Compton Abbas-6 by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

The real vintage

G-AEDU - de Havilland Dragonfly
Image20180513-140953-Compton Abbas by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

Image20180513-140954-Compton Abbas-4 by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

and to demonstrate the haze and distortion, G-AFZL
Image20180513-124811-Compton Abbas-6 by Neil D. Brant, on Flickr

Thanks for looking and more can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/25034864@N06/with/41391599824/

Neil
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Re: Compton Abbas Vintage & Classic Aircraft Fly-In

Postby andygolfer » Tue May 15, 2018 6:26 am

very nice Neil, that Beech looks lovely. I saw that last year - a real beauty and a nice addition to the airshow circuit.

Nice to be offered a parking concession even if you turned it down. One of the advantages of advancing age which I too am now enjoying :D

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Re: Compton Abbas Vintage & Classic Aircraft Fly-In

Postby Martin » Sat May 19, 2018 5:43 pm

Great selection of shots, Compton Abbas is one of the most picturesque airfields in the UK.

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