A special public display of solo and formation flying today (Sunday) climaxed the two-week World Aerobatic Championships at Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire, England.
A special public display of solo and formation flying today (Sunday) climaxed the two-week World Aerobatic Championships at Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire, England. It was the first time the Championships--the sixth World series--had been held in Britain.
Despite a low cloud ceiling and a guesting 30-knot wind a crowd of several thousand spectators watched a programme of superb aerobatics in cold and sometimes wet conditions.
The formation aerobatic display team of the French Air Force--nine Magistrate aircraft, flew through considerable turbulence to execute a series of difficult manoeuvres, including a "mirror" formation from the two leaders.
In contrast, Igor Egorov of the Soviet Union--in a small YAK 18--thrilled the crowd with a low-speed programme, displaying the form that won him the Solo title in the World championships.
Two British entrants, Carl Schofield and Peter Jarvis, flew "Zlins" made by a specialist light aircraft firm in Czechoslovakia, to put on a brilliant display of tight, inverted formation. The pair were unplaced in the championships.
The team title in the Championships was won by three American pilots flying two Pitt Specials and an Acro Master. They won the title in the face of particularly strong competition from the Soviet Union.
Britain's famous Red Arrows team flown by Royal Air Force Instructors put on a special display as a climax to the Championships. In a special demonstration flight the last of the Royal Air Force Lancasters in flying condition, staged a slow and stately flypast.