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Engines roar above the skies of Fenland Aero Club airfield for annual 'Daffodil Fly-in'



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Blue sky, fluffy white clouds and a light breeze brought perfect weather conditions for the annual Vintage Aircraft Club ‘Daffodil’ Fly-in, held at the Fenland Aero Club airfield.

Beech-18. Photos: Alastair Goodrum. (8735836)
Beech-18. Photos: Alastair Goodrum. (8735836)

A packed gallery of spectators was kept well-entertained at the Holbeach St John-based airfield by the arrival of 98 visiting aeroplanes of all shapes, sizes and age.

The cockpit interior of the Beech-18. Photo: Alastair Goodrum. (8735839)
The cockpit interior of the Beech-18. Photo: Alastair Goodrum. (8735839)

Pride of place undoubtedly went to the classic twin-engine Beech 18, G-BKGL, flown in from Leicester. Built in 1952 it was greatly admired by all, with some of the more fortunate even being given a peek inside the spacious cabin, before it gave a stirring, low-level flypast as it set off for home.

Yak-18 running up its engine. Photo: Alastair Goodrum. (8735841)
Yak-18 running up its engine. Photo: Alastair Goodrum. (8735841)

Hot on the heels of the Beech, though, must come the splendid all-black, Lithuanian-registered, Yakolev Yak-18T, a four-seater former Soviet trainer built in 1981. Cessnas and Pipers; Austers and Jodels; De Havilland Chipmunks and Rollason Condors all and more.

Beware, The Red Baron is on your tail! Photo: Alastair Goodrum. (8735843)
Beware, The Red Baron is on your tail! Photo: Alastair Goodrum. (8735843)

The fly-by of the afternoon was by a replica Fokker Dr1 Triplane, resplendent in the blood red colour of the famous ‘Red Baron’ zooming with its guns stuttering as it flashed past the clubhouse.

The Beech-18 now departing. Photo: Alastair Goodrum. (8735845)
The Beech-18 now departing. Photo: Alastair Goodrum. (8735845)

It was indeed a memorable vintage day’s flying, with the control tower, ground marshalling

and clubhouse catering teams all working flat out to make it a great success.

Beech-18 beats up the airfield. Photo: Alastair Goodrum. (8735847)
Beech-18 beats up the airfield. Photo: Alastair Goodrum. (8735847)
Rollason D62 Condor: some of the 98 visiting aircraft. Photo: Alastair Goodrum. (8735849)
Rollason D62 Condor: some of the 98 visiting aircraft. Photo: Alastair Goodrum. (8735849)


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