International Air Fair, Biggin Hill (part 1)

This was my first visit to Biggin Hill and the world-famous 'Air Fair'. The entry price was reasonable and it is less than a 3 hour drive away, so I thought why not. The only other airshows I've been to previously have been Farnborough Airshow and the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), both considerably larger (and more expensive/busy). It took place on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of June 2008 and I decided to visit on the Sunday due to a very good weather forecast (which was right for once).
The first shots are of aircraft on the ground before the flying began at about 11:30. First of all, an original 1910 Bleriot XI. This model was the first to fly across the English Channel:

Bleriot XI

Next, a line-up of the old warbirds on display, from left to right is a Hurricane, Spitfire, Spitfire, Mustang, Spitfire and another Mustang:


An orignal, unrestored P-51 Mustang named 'Jumpin Jaques':


Another Mustang named 'Ferocious Frankie':

Ferocious Frankie



Finally, the Breitling Jet Team lined up on the tarmac:

Breitling Jet Team

Before the display got going, the RAF Falcons parachute display team jumped out of a Chinook helicopter to kick things off:


Jumping Out!



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