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Another year

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, December 30, 2017 18:49:10

Looking back over the last 12 months and its been a reasonably full year once more. Four air shows, including a couple of firsts in Abingdon and a Shuttleworth event, some museum visits, several old airfields and memorials, an interesting tour of the C-54 at North Weald and my first wreck pilgrimage, up a Scottish mountain. There's been one or two gripes, mainly relating to cones and fencing, the odd surprise - P-51s 'kissing' at DX, a Twister coming down at Abingdon - but generally a good year with good companions on more than one occasion.

Next year is of course the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF so there will be events to mark that and I'm sure to end up at one or two. Cosford springs to mind if they keep their promise and drag some museum exhibits out in to the open. Legends is always on the calendar but we'll see what's in the line up before committing as this year was a little disappointing and I thought the IWM show in September was far better. IWM is also changing with a new membership scheme having started and Friends of Duxford will be no more once my membership expires in May. Not decided what to sign up to yet as the new scheme has just added stuff that is of little interest but that seems to be the way of the world where 'improvements' are concerned.

So here are a few reminders from 2017. Next year I'm hoping to get a bit further afield again so watch this space. Oh yes, and a Happy New Year all.

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