Its September 1982, so its time to crank up the 990cc's in the Austin Metro and point west to RAF Abingdon for the annual Battle of Britain Display. Today we are expecting something unusual with the first showing of Argentine aircraft captures in the Falklands.
First up is an Augusta 109
First of the overseas visitors is Danish Air Force 2 seat F16 ET209
In a strange colour scheme is an Argentine Huey
The furthest away from home today is Indian Air force 2 seat Jaguar J1002
Still airworthy but unfortunately not in the flying display is Meteor F8 VZ467
Another Falklands veteran Pucara A533
Former gate guardian Spitfire F22 PK624 making a rare appearance outside
One of Abingdons long term residents a Super VC10 hiding its identity under a cocoon. The British Airways Super VC10s earmarked for tanker conversion were stored outside at Abingdon for a number of years. firstly open to the elements then just before they were moved to Filton, in made to measure plastic bags for a year or so before being left in the open again.
And so as the Metro disappears in a cloud of dust round the Oxford bypass we say goodbye to Uncle Roger and Reggie until their next adventure.
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