Remarks: Our ride for the day parked up at Duxford having arrived from North Weald for the autumn airshow. North Weald is only a 45 minute drive from Duxford, but flying in to the airshow sure beats being stuck in the traffic.
Remarks: Short final for RWY24R on airshow day, with lots of interesting types visible at this historic airfield. It's still early morning and the crowds are just gathering for what turned out to be the best weather I can remember at the September airshow.
Remarks: A rare look inside the cockpit of this historic aircraft. Havind made it's maiden flight in July 1958, the aircraft was delivered to BOAC soon after before making history on 4th October 1958 as the first jet-powered airline flight from New York to London. Later in her life she flew for Malaysia Singapore Airlines and Dan Air, before finally coming to rest here 1974 having clocked up 36,269 hours which was the most hours of any Comet built.
Remarks: Having been to Duxford airshow many times as a child, it was great to finally be able to fly-in myself on airshow day. Here we are on short final for RWY24R early in the morning before the crowds arrive. It's not often you are asked by ATC to expedite your exit of the runway due to the 'Dragon Rapide on final behind you'.
Remarks: Surprisingly, there are no overview photos in the database of Southend since it recently completed it's transition from a predominantly quiet maintenance base to a 'London' airport, served by Easyjet. Visible here is the new terminal and train station complex, a couple of Easyjet's during their turnaround, andn towards the upper left is the old terminal which looks like quite some contrast compared to today's facility.