Northants – Brighter skies at AeroExpoUK
The sky was suddenly a different hue, the clouds closer and more in focus, everything brighter and clearer.
Still, I shouldn’t have been shocked that a visit to Sywell Aerodrome helped me see more of the sky than ever before.
The only surprising thing was that all I’d done was put on a pair of sunglasses.
But exhibitors at today’s AeroExpoUK event weren’t messing around with second class. These Bigatmo sunnies were the brainchild of an EasyJet pilot, who – frustrated with a perceived lack of suitable sunglasses for the cockpit – decided to design the ultimate, high spec glasses.
Today, they shared the aerodrome with plenty of other boy’s toys that fall into the epitome of cool category: Aston Martins, Porches, yachts, BMW motorbikes and, of course, a healthy smattering of sexy-looking flying machines.
Among the planes on show that caught my eye were a replica of the Red Baron’s famous World War One fighter and a kit plane that could be built from scratch and take to the skies; sort of like Ikea for planes, but hopefully without that one piece left over at the end that you just don’t know where it goes.
The aerobatic displays at the show are breathtaking with planes swooping through the skies, looping the proverbial loop.
Performed by the Trig Aerobatic Team, the airshow saw pilots Richard Grace and Dave Puleston manoeuvre their Pitts Special S-1D biplanes across the sky, at times flying only five feet apart.
With plenty of space for picnics and room to move easily between the exhibits, AeroExpoUK offered a relaxing afternoon, with a pinch of another world most of us can only aspire to.
Sometimes it’s nice to see things through other people’s