The highly successful 2007 “Fly to the Past” event at Blenhiem Palace was finally repeated, just over the road at Kidlington, Oxford Airport.
A capacity crowd of 10,000, many in period costume, enjoyed a wide range of display acts, many making the transit between Bournemouth and Shoreham and Oxford. The show’s idea was to compare aircraft across the ages, the flying complimented by historical films on giant screens and a live film feed of the displays to demonstrate of the best of the flying action.
The weather started overcast with light winds, but as the skies cleared during the afternoon, the winds picked up and by the time we flew at the end of the day, a gusty off crowd wind made for a challenging display.
Thanks must go to Flying display Director John Davies and Event Organiser Frances Rockliff, who was reported as saying that the show would grow into a 3-day event next year.