1980’s Air Shows

One of my main interests throughout this decade was aviation in general and air shows in particular. This really was the end of the golden age of the military involvement as most UK bases hosted events with large numbers and varieties of types participating from home and abroad. Now many of the airfields have closed and the number of types operated by, for example the RAF, can be counted on one hand. It also was the beginning of the classic historic and warbird boom, starting with maybe a single privately owned Spitfire and the Battle of Britain Memorial flight, we soon had the Fighter Meet and Great Warbirds Shows at North Weald and West Malling respectively which ultimately led to the fantastic Flying Legends at Duxford which we have today. This is why the pictures from military airshows end in 1990 but the Flying Legends continue to this day.

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