Evening Vintage Flying Event – A flight into history
On 15 July vintage aircraft roared through the heavens over Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Maldon, for the second Evening Vintage Flying Event of the year.
Against a calm but wispy sky backdrop, crowds watched displays by a variety of historic aircraft, including the famed Sopwith Snipe. The aerodrome was once a base for 37 (Home Defence) Squadron during World War One and seeing these aircraft demonstrate early aviation technology is like stepping back in time to a different era.
Following a minutes silence for the victims of the Nice tragedy, the program took off to a thrilling start with the rarely seen Ryan STA, then continued into the evening with displays by a trio of the much-loved Stampe and a thrilling display of formation flying and good old fashioned barnstorming by The Tiger Club Turbulent Display Team.
Peter Martin, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Trust Chairman, said: “It’s great to see the aerodrome thriving with enthusiastic visitors and pilots.
We love showing the aerodrome at its best, and all our visitors – be they families or enthusiasts – always have a great time. Seeing the aircraft at the close of the day, as the sun drops over the field, is also a very special experience."
Mr Martin took time to thank the pilots for their ongoing support, attending their briefing and talking to them about their ‘great displays and amazing skills’.
He said:“We always receive such a fantastic amount of support for our events and we wouldn't be able to run them without the local community, pilots, The WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust, our hard working volunteers and many others. So we thank you all for your contributions, which allow us to continue to hold these superb events for the enjoyment of all.”
This year Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is hosting an array of commemorative WW1 activities, including vintage flying days and a special centenary event, to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the inauguration of the aerodrome.
To see more photos from the Evening Vintage Flying Event visit our gallery.