FHC Famous Fighters Flying Day 2016

This weekends Flying Heritage Collection Famous Fighters Flying Day held much promise. As part of US Fathers Day weekend celebrations it featured father and son teams Steve and Steven Hinton, along with Bud and Ross Granley, who were to fly some incredible and original World War Two Allied and Axis aircraft: A Republic P-47D Thunderbolt (USAAF), Focke-Wulf FW-190A-5 (Luftwaffe with Eastern Front markings), Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc (RAF – Czech No. 312 Squadron markings) and a Mitsubishi A6M3-22 Reisen / Zero (Imperial Japanese Navy).

Alas inclement weather and a low cloud ceiling saw the take-off time delayed, then they taxied out to the end of the runway but had to head back in with no flying for the day (frustratingly it was sunny every day leading up to the flying day!). Sad but until next time (it was still fun to see all these aircraft though)…

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt (USAAF) Flying Heritage Collection
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt “Tallahassee Lassie” (USAAF)
Focke-Wulf Fw-190A-5 ground attack fighter (Luftwaffe - Eastern Front markings) Flying Heritage Collection
Focke-Wulf Fw-190A-5 ground attack fighter (Luftwaffe – Eastern Front markings)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc (RAF - Czech No. 312 Squadron markings) Flying Heritage Collection
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc (RAF – Czech No. 312 Squadron markings)
Mitsubishi A6M3-22 Reisen / Zero (Imperial Japanese Navy) Flying Heritage Collection
Mitsubishi A6M3-22 Reisen / Zero (Imperial Japanese Navy)
FHC P-47D and Zero
The Thunderbolt and Zero pass a new Boeing 787 from the nearby Boeing Factory (top) and up close with the Mitsubishi A6M3-22 Reisen / Zero (Imperial Japanese Navy)
Focke-Wulf FW-190A-5 the infamous "Butcher Bird" Flying Heritage Collection Paine Field WA
Focke-Wulf FW-190A-5 the infamous “Butcher Bird”
FJC Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, Mitsubishi Zero, Supermarine Spitfire & Focke-Wulf FW-190A-5
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, Mitsubishi Zero, Supermarine Spitfire & Focke-Wulf FW-190A-5
FHC Famous Fighters Day 2016
Famous Fighters Day 2016 – What a line-up!
FHC FW-190 Supermarine Spitfire
Luftwaffe vs RAF

 

 

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