Blades pay a flying visit

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The Blades aerobatic team, based at Sywell Aerodrome, have paid a flying visit to the home of Yorkshire Tea.

“After the success of our first display of the year at Cosford Air Show we picked up where we left off and continued our season with three displays in Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire.

Appearing at Wickenby Wings and Wheels Airshow for the second year running, we performed on Saturday and Sunday.

Wickenby Aerodrome, which is based in Lincolnshire, was used by Second World War bombers in the early 1940s.

Today, it’s a thriving general aviation aerodrome and is home to World Aerobatic Champion Gerald Cooper whom the team know really well.

Gerald closed the flying displays on both days and dazzled the crowds with his aerobatic manoeuvres, showing exactly why he is world champion.

Wickenby was a local show for Blade 2, Chris Carder, who lives in Lincoln and Blade 3, Ian Smith, who lives nearby in Tattershall.

The Wickenby show was probably most enjoyed by our new Blade 3, Smithy.

As a former boss of the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Smithy loves vintage aircraft and historical airfields so was in his element.

The display weekend got off to a particularly good start after Smithy was made an MBE for his services to the RAF in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

In between our displays at Wickenby, we also had to transit to North Yorkshire to display at Cononley’s annual village gala.

To say that it was a spectacular display venue is an understatement – it was absolutely breathtaking.

The rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dale together with bright blue skies made it one of the most exciting places that we’ve ever displayed.

The highlight for the Cononley villagers was our iconic ‘Hammerhead’ manoeuvre.

The manoeuvre recently featured on the Yorkshire Tea advert and the cheer during the commentary for this ‘Yorkshire’ mention was nothing less than awesome!

After dodging some pretty big rain showers and some strong winds, we were able to perform three full displays, much to the relief of the Team Leader, Blade 1 Mark Cutmore.

After two days off it’s back into it with a week of private displays and events before a trip over to the Channel Islands to display in Jersey.

We’re also planning an air to air photo shoot to get some up close shots of the planes in action with our new branding so keep your eyes out for the photos.