Nichola Pittman reports for VLN Photography from the Dawlish Airshow 2014

 

As soon as I found out the The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Lancaster  would be doing a UK Tour during August 2014 I knew I had to witness this Historic event.

The Lancaster “Thumper”, which flies as part of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, has been joined by the Canadian Lancaster  Vera for some very special flypast's not seen since the 1960s. Dawlish Airshow provided one of these possibilities as I spent the Day on a hill high above Dawlish enjoying the Annual Dawlish Airshow.

 

 

Dawlish Air Show is free to visit and solely dependent on donations, sponsorship and programme sales to ensure that the event survives year on year. The small team of volunteers keep coming up with unique ideas, aircraft and flypast combinations to enthral the sea side crowds.

 

  

The "Red Arrows"

 

Celebrating 50 Years of display flying the Red Arrows once again entertained the crowds with a breath taking display of close formation flying.

 

While visiting the region the Red Arrows 50th display season was marked by First Great Western, who named a Locomotive in their honour on the 21st of August.

 

 'Red Arrows: 50 Seasons of Excellence was unvailed by Red 1, Squadron Leader Jim Turner at Exeter St. Davids station. He went on to say

“The Red Arrows represent the speed, agility and precision of the Royal Air Force, so it’s wonderful a high-speed train – that will be seen by thousands of people on its travels – is named in celebration of the team and our 50th display season.”

 

 

 

Completing the unusual formations, As by luck  the recently restored Whirlwind Har 10 painted in 22SQN colours was holding waiting to land  when the latest Search and rescue sea king from 22sqn based at RAF Chivenor (now RMB Chivenor) arrived from its display.

 

 

First flown in 1956 this particular Whirlwind served with the Royal Air Force.

Recently restored and painted in SAR markings, XJ729 has been granted permission to fly and has been seen at Airshows across the UK during 2014.

 

 

The Royal Navy also joined the Search and Rescue theme with a demonstration as well as giving the local cadets a short flight. With 2015 set to see a new civil franchise take over the role of Search and Rescue this could be the last time Dawlish witness these demonstrations.

 

 

Dawlish 2014 was yet again a fascinating Day out.

 

Without a doubt, the highlight of the day was the 2 Lancaster's in formation. It was a once in a life time opportunity to see the The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's prized Lancaster in formation over the Dawish Bay with the Battle Of Britain's Lancaster, escorted by the traditional Spitfire and Hurricane. Each Year the show manages to attract different civilian and Military acts to entertain the crowds. No two years are identical. With that in mind I'm already looking forward to next Year. Many Congratulations to Kev Wills and the team of volunteers.