Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Great day at the Air show

The Lancaster and Super-fortress together (click on all images to enlarge)

Julie's relatives are over from England for a few weeks and to start off the holidays on June 16th it was off to Hamilton Air show loaded with vintage aircraft. It was a nice sunny day with a temperature around 27C.

 The air show lasted 6 hours which included a nice lunch also table and chairs down by the runway....so we were close to the action. The air show hosted the Avro Lancaster this plane is only one of two that are still flying today the other one is in England.  Also the B-29 Super-fortress and this one at the air show being the
Corsair,  P40, Spitfire, Mustang, Sabre
 only air worthy B-29 in the world. Some other vintage plans were the B-24 Liberator, Avenger torpedo bomber, FM-2 Wildcat, Corsair, Spitfire, Curtiss P-40,  F-86 Sabre just to name a few!! It was great to see the Lancaster for the first time as it was the bomber my dad flew in during WWII as a tail-gunner. Two hours before the show began we purchased a ramp pass which allowed us to get up close and personal with most of the aircraft in the show. The Lancaster came with a

wireless operator. The transmitter/receiver used was the R1155 and T1154.  As for the B-29 they had a multi radio setup check this link out for info and great pictures of the B-29's radio op's rigs.  Now an air show would not be an air show wit the the JETS!!! Becuase this was a vintage aircraft show 99% of the aircraft were WWI and WWII. BUT there is always an exception to the rule and the exception this year was the CF-18 fast, loud and proud!! All photo's were taken by my wife Julie the shutter bug!!
Low level 1,000 km per-hr pass. Below flying dirty ( gear down) almost stopped then afterburners!!!


  1. I had the thrill of going through a Lancaster when I was in the USAF. We (RAAF/USAF) were in a joint Australian tour with our aircraft set up on Darwin, Townsville, and Brisbane air fields. The Lancester was a beaut. A long time ago all that.

  2. Yes it was nice seeing it on the tarmac but getting on-board was out of the question. But we were able to get up close and check out the turrets and the bomb bay doors were open so you could get up under the bird.

  3. Hello Mike, the two of you had great fun. Excellent pictures and that with high speed. The last picture reminds my of the cobra manoeuvre. 73, Bert

  4. Good evening Bert, yes we did have a great time and Julie is very much into photography and loves going anywhere to take pictures. Today we were at a bird of prey sanctuary so she was able to photograph eagles, owls, falcons and and many other birds.

  5. Isn't it amazing how many such planes were manufactured during WWII to only have a very few left in flying condition? Nice pictures Mike!

  6. Good morning Casey, it's so true I remember seeing a show last month on TV and it was showing the plans just rolling off the assembly lines. It's good that there was some forward thinkers and they decided to hold onto some of these aircraft. As for the pictures it's Julie my wife who is the shutter bug in the family.

  7. Looks good Mike! We were very lucky to have a Lancaster and 2 Spitfires flying over the village the other day!

    1. Good afternoon Tim, yes it sure is as most of these aircraft that at one time were so abundant are now very far and few between. It was great you had the treat of seeing them. Thanks for stopping by the blog Tim and taking the time to comment.