Exeter International Airport for Torbay Airshow post
Another airshow post but one with a slight difference. Rather than attend the airshow itself, my other half Andy suggested we park up at Exeter Airport to watch everything take off and land after displaying at the nearby Torbay airshow. This was the first time I had been to Exeter to take photographs of aircraft and perhaps a bit of plane spotting 😊 having previously only been there when going and returning from holidays.
One of the first planes to take off was one of my (Kelly) favourites – the OV-10B Bronco, this frame displays 99+18 and it’s civil registration is G-ONAA. Having known Edith & Tony from the Bronco Demo Team for a number of years now, I always try to photograph them whenever I see them. They change the livery every two to three years but the current one is definitely my favourite. Its known as Lest We Forget and has poppies along the tail as well as the fuel tank and has the words “Lest We Forget” across the top of the wings. I could talk about the Bronco all day but I’ll save that for another day. Hopefully I will post some photographs in due course.
Next up was another of my favourites, but they actually usually fly in a formation of three. To mark 100 years of the RAF, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight are flying a fourship formation known as the Trenchard formation and is being displayed at various shows throughout the year.
Next up was a couple of more basic/prop planes or as Andy calls them farty planes. The first was Team Raven, a five-ship display team who fly a mix of RV4 and RV8 aircraft. Their displays are made up of various aerobatic maneuver’s, somewhat similar to that of the red arrows, just on a lot slower scale.
After Team Raven had taken off, Rich Goodwin in his Muscle biplane took off next. I love his take off’s they are never your standard take off. He will usually pull a move such as a knife edge pass almost straight away. Rich’s displays are always packed full of action and he never fails to mesmerise me.
The main attraction for most people that were there and believe me, there must have been at least 100 people waiting, were for the famous Red Arrows. Taking off in their usual formation, they were soon airborne and making their preparations for their display. The Red Arrows in some locations come with a no-fly zone whilst they are displaying for obvious safety reasons. When the Red Arrows returned, they did as usual with a run in and break. For this they start off all in formation and then in turn, each Hawk breaks away from the formation into the circuit, so that they can reduce their speed and come in to land. Understandable, this takes time and once they had all landed, they taxied back past everyone, so we all got to get up close to them.
Whilst the red arrows were displaying at Torbay, we were treated to the departure of Edith and Tony in the Bronco, who were going back home to Belgium.
The Chinook helicopter then took off, ready for its display with its famous wokka sound filling the air. Last to display was the Eurofighter Typhoon, although the strikemaster had displayed during this time, these three types of fast jets were the only ones to take off from Exeter to display at the show, along with the Red Arrows.
Andy & myself waiting until the Typhoon had returned from its display before we left Exeter Airport.
A list of aircraft seen during the visit:-
99+18 North American Rockwell OV-10B Bronco
D-ASBG Dassault Falcon 900EX
G-BYXM Grob G-115 E Tutor
G-CIBM Vans RV-8
G-CJSM Vans RV-8
G-EGRV Vans RV-8
G-JECK Bombardier DHC-8
G-JECL Bombardier DHC-8
G-MAXV Vans RV-4
G-OFFO Extra EA.300 L
G-PRPA Bombardier DHC-8
G-PRPF Bombardier DHC-8
G-PRPG Bombardier DHC-8
G-PRPO Bombardier DHC-8
G-SOAF British Aircraft Corporation Strikemaster Mk.90
G-TAWJ Boeing 737NG
G-VFDS Vans RV-8
G-ZEXL Extra EA.300
G-ZXLL Extra EA.300 L
PA474 Avro Lancaster B.I
RR232 Vickers Supermarine Spitfire
XX188 Hawker Siddeley Hawk T.1A
XX219 Hawker Siddeley Hawk T.1A
XX242 Hawker Siddeley Hawk T.1
XX244 Hawker Siddeley Hawk T.1
XX245 Hawker Siddeley Hawk T.1
XX278 Hawker Siddeley Hawk T.1A
XX310 Hawker Siddeley Hawk T.1W
XX311 Hawker Siddeley Hawk T.1
XX322 Hawker Siddeley Hawk T.1A
XX325 Hawker Siddeley Hawk T.1
ZA947 Douglas C-47A
ZK317 Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4
ZK352 Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4
ZM504 Airbus Helicopters Juno
Feeling slightly peckish, we popped over to KFC nearby for tea because neither of us felt like cooking. Afterwards, was the drive home followed by downloading the photos taken that day.
Have a good day
Kelly and Andy