We were flattered to be invited back to Rendcomb this year for Vic Norman’s private H4H charity airshow. His Breitling Stearmans were away in the Netherlands for the weekend, so Pilot Steve Hicks towed the Swift glider behind N54922, the only one of Aerosuperbatics’ Stearmans fitted with a tow hook.
The practice flights last week gave Mike and Guy an insight into the tug pilots view from the biplane, as we took turns to sit in the front seat for a couple of quick flips around Rendcomb (regrettably without a wingwalker). Having got used to the Pawnee, the trail of smoke behind the Stearman was astonishing!
The show was a slightly smaller event from the H4H extravaganza of 2008, but the quality of the acts was maintained – with the very best of each of piston aeroplane invited.
The event was blessed with the best day of the year so far, 28C and not a cloud to be seen all day.
Display of the day was undoubtedly Steve Jones, who flew his latest toy, an S-2S Pitts. He really looked like he was enjoying the day.
After the glider display, Guy and Pete went on to fly the Twister Duo display. The blue skies and calm winds made the smoke almost too good! – You will not hear that again for a while!
Thanks must go to Vic and Anne for organising a very special airshow, and to Paul, Richard, Mike and Sally who came along to help out.