Wet, Wings, and Wheels

Wings and Wheels is an air show that happens every year giving displays of fast cars and aircraft. After arriving at Dunsfold airfield, we decided to check out the many demonstrations, displays, and stands. There was a Tiger Moth biplane and a Typhoon was expected to do a fly past later. There were many opportunities to watch displays and purchase souvenirs of the day.
In the Military area there were many groups of enactment organisations with Second World War vehicles and equipment. The American 101 first Airborne, Easy Company, were digging in for the day, and the Russian group were looking very bedraggled.
In the Wheels area there was a display of vintage busses, a few cars, and some restored milk floats. There was also an area where children could hire a trail bike and practice jumping over obstacles.
The weather plays a major role in deciding if conditions are safe to fly. As we stood waiting for the air displays to start we noticed that trees and buildings the other side of the runway were disappearing into thick low cloud cover. At one point the Blades Aerobatic Team taxied up onto the runway, but considering that they were going to be flying within 10 feet of each other, they aborted their take off and taxied back to the holding area to wait for clearer weather, which unfortunately did not arrive.
However there were a few who were able to continue albeit in a reduced capacity to their normal demonstration routine. The Red Duo Formation Team fly radio controlled jets which are 1/4 scale Red Arrow Hawks, and they were very good. I also saw air displays of a Curtiss Kittyhawk, Apache Attack Helicopter, and a B25 North American Mitchell.
We decided to call it a day after the commentary team had said that many of the display teams that were expected, including the Red Arrows and Typhoon, were not going to arrive due to the weather. It was at this point that the Lynx Helicopter disappeared into the low cloud when doing its cloud level check.
I will look forward to going again next year because it had the making of a great day out. The disabled parking was right by the main entrance and although the public areas were a grassy field it was not too bumpy for my wheelchair and there were also plenty if the larger sized disabled Portaloos.Click the plane to see some more pictures in the photo gallery.
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