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Combined Ops 2011

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Invicta Military Preservation Society “Combined ops” Day – Headcorn Aerodrome, 14/08/11
Took a visit to the above show, with the attraction of plenty of military vehicles and a selection of Aircraft flyby's.
Highlights of the aircraft were a flyby (en route to Eastbourne airborne) of a PR Spitfire and a Hurricane of the BBMF, a solo display by a Hurricane, and the promise of a flyby by the Red Arrows again en route to Eastbourne. Unfortunately, due to the nature of operations at Headcorn the sky was full of skydivers at the time the Reds were due and they had to no show, they were spotted on return, but the Turbulent Barnstorming display was on, so they passed on.
If ever you get a chance to see the turbulents do go, they do balloon popping and low level flying, see the photos in the style of the 1920's American Barnstormers. The title photo of the yellow balloon was popped by the red aircraft in the next picture, one of the most amazing piece's of flying I have seen.
A reasonable selection of preserved vehicles were on display, the Scammell being a favourite of mine, along with the heavy LaWard France wrecker.
It's not on the scale of the War and Peace show, but well worth a visit if in the area.
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About the Author

About Andy Langridge (Bigskip)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM


Comments

Thanks for sharing Andy's, looks like this is a nice show I'll have to keep a look out for it next year.
AUG 20, 2011 - 02:23 PM
Hi Andy, That looks like an interesting day out Any 432s for sale and it's nice to see a CET, my brother commanded one and also instructed on it. I was involve in the it's initial trials. When the Stalwart and 432 were no longer allowed to swim it was the only piece of kit in the British Army that could. My brother moved to the Armoured Engineers and commanded a bridge layer. In the Gulf war he also had mine ploughs attached (the weight of the bridge helps), and he towed a giant viper (mine clearing explosive hose). The bridge layer (AVLB-Armoured Vehicle Layed Bridge) at the RE museum was my brothers mount during the Gulf war.
AUG 21, 2011 - 04:11 AM
Looks like a great show! Nice set of photos and I'll have to keep and eye out for those barnstormers Nige
AUG 21, 2011 - 06:48 AM
Hi Andy, Thanks for the Pics, looks like a good day out. You didn't by any chance photograph a walkaround of the HUP 15 cwt? Cheers Al
AUG 21, 2011 - 09:48 AM
Andy, thanks for getting this up, nice work on the yellow balloon... Al, sorry i didn't get any walkround photos, but i'm sure the guys at IMPS might help you out, worth contacting them. Nige, the Turbulents are a great show. Maybe next year we could make it a southern Posse day out and invite the Posse's B&B owner down for the weekend?
AUG 21, 2011 - 05:24 PM
That sounds like a good plan Andy
AUG 25, 2011 - 02:03 AM
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