I love it when low key events take place and today a fabulous flypast was put on at Farnborough. I managed to capture some shots (albeit not using my ma-hoosive lens! I am not allowed to lug heavy stuff around at the moment).
The roar of engines from aircraft spanning 80 years will help to mark next week’s centenary of Samuel Cody’s historic first flight in Farnborough.
Aviation enthusiasts will be treated to a fabulous flypast by some of the UK’s best-loved and most exciting aircraft on Thursday.
While the flypast is being held at an invitation-only event at the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST) museum, anyone who happens to be at the east side of the airfield, on or around the Farnborough Road, should be able to get a perfect view of the display for free.
Colin Dodds, the flypast organiser, said the event was designed to celebrate a full century of British aviation as well as Cody’s achievement 100 years ago to the day.
“This is something we owe to Farnborough, because it is a fabulous place for British aviation,” he said.
The display will begin at 12 noon with a nod to Samuel Cody’s roots within the Army with a flypast by the Army Air Corps’ Apache attack helicopter, flown from the airbase at Middle Wallop, by Capt Thomson.
The running order of the Cody Centenary Flypast is as follows:
12noon: AAC Apache 1200 – 1203 depart North (Capt Thomson, Army Air Corps)
12.04pm: 1929 Gipsy Moth 1204 – 1206 depart north (Andrew Wood)
12.07pm: 1931 Tiger Moths and 1933 Rapide (Capts Jeff Milsom and John Dodd)
12.10pm: 1935 Avro Anson (John Turner)
12.13pm: 1935 Hawker Hurricane (Al Pinner)
12.15pm: 1948 Chipmunk (Chris Kelleher/Gerald Howarth)
12.19pm: 1952 Avro Vulcan (Martin Withers)
12.22pm: 1974 BAe Hawk (RAF 208 Sqn)
12.25pm: 1994 Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF 11 Sqn)
12.28pm: Boeing C-17 (RAF 99 Sqn)
12.31pm: Vulcan lands at Farnborough