Busy times for the Blades crew

The Blades over Burghely House. Picture by Jerry Wright
The Blades over Burghely House. Picture by Jerry Wright

The Blades aerobatic team, based at Sywell Aerodrome, are wowing crowds across the country again this summer – and the Telegraph will be keeping you up to date with their exploits.

The first weekend of July was the busiest of our display calendar this year with seven displays across two days, including three in Lincolnshire.

We kick-started the weekend by returning to Heveningham Hall where we displayed at a wedding a few weeks ago.

It’s a stunning venue and we displayed here twice on Saturday and Sunday to open and close the county fair.

Our other major show over the weekend was the RAF Waddington International Air Show.

This is the biggest RAF show of the year and the baking heat drew in crowds of more than 145,000 people over the two days.

Waddington is a show that each of us have displayed at in various aircraft over the years but it never fails to amaze us the sheer volume and enthusiasm of the crowd.

This year, the Royal Jordanian Falcons were also on the line-up at Waddington, the Jordanian national aerobatic team that also displays the Extra.

Having another team flying the Extra certainly upped the ante a bit and the pressure was definitely on to impress.

With perfect weather conditions for a display, no cloud and very little wind on both days, we chalked up yet another successful Waddington air show for the team.

Our seventh display of the weekend saw us returning to Burghley House in Stamford which is where a lot of us live, to display at the Battle Proms.

It was a fantastic event and the Great British spirit was out in full force and the box bend manoeuvre which proudly displays our new Union Jack design underneath the wing got the biggest cheer of the weekend.

It was a stunning setting for our final display of the day, being able to fly at venues such as Burghley House still leaves us filled with pride, even after seven years with the team.