Air shows, Battle Proms and flying in formation with The Vulcan – just a normal working week for The Blades.
After a few weeks of well deserved R&R, the team were straight back into air show mode with Airbourne, one of the biggest free air shows in Europe, based in Eastbourne.
Eastbourne is traditionally the first major air show in August and was a great one to get us back into the swing of things.
Well over 500,000 air show fans gathered at the sea front to enjoy not only some looping and rolling, but the chance to see some of The Blades Team as we got involved in a few of the other activities happening on the ground at the show and practised our dog handling skills as honorary guests of the Essex Dog Display Team.
Our displays at Eastbourne marked the start of a very busy weekend for The Blades as the team displayed at Althorpe Battle Prom and also flew passengers while in close formation with the world famous Vulcan XH588.
This was the second time in as many years that we’ve flown with the Vulcan and we were told by the passengers that the close formation view was indescribable.
Our display at Althorpe completed a series of displays at this year’s Battle Prom concerts.
Working with the Royal Air Forces Association and various other service charities, we’ve been auctioning flights with the team and have raised vital funds for the Wings Appeal.
Following our busy weekend, the team were back to work at Sywell to host a few extremely lucky passengers.
Instead of a flight with The Blades, two very fortunate individuals took to the skies in a two-seater Spitfire, which had flown to Sywell from Duxford.
To make their trips extra special, their family members flew with The Blades in close formation with the Spitfire.
Flying in a Spitfire is a dream for many and one which we are fortunate enough to be able to make come true for people as can offer it as an exclusive charity auction prize alongside flying with the team.
The Spitfire day was followed by an early start as we spent the day filming with a very popular children’s television programme.
The presenter, whose name we’ll keep a secret for now, spent a day with the team and took part in a number of flying exercises.
The film crew will be joining us for another day of filming at Bournemouth air show, after which all will be revealed.
We then finished off a busy week by opening the flying display at Sywell’s Jubilee air show.
In benign wind conditions and scorching temperatures, The Blades put on a superb show to a 20,000 strong crowd.
It was a fantastic display and it was great to be involved again in our local show.
There’ll be no respite for the team as the coming weeks promise to be just as busy.
We will be displaying across the UK at Dunsfold, Bournemouth and Shoreham.
The highlight undoubtedly will be displaying at Chris Evans’ Carfest in Hampshire. Hosted by the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show presenter, the event aims to raise money for Children in Need.