DISPLAY BRIEF

Due to the airshow permission issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) with additional restrictions for 2017, the decision has been reluctantly taken to cancel the flying display for both Saturday & Sunday.

This has been a difficult decision to take and one which we have worked throughout the night and this morning to resolve with the CAA.

Having received comment from an experienced display pilot with experience of displaying here at Cosby over several years, following his display last night, he raised legitimate concerns.  These concerns have been echoed amongst the other display pilots due to fly here this weekend.

We have a duty to ensure your safety, the safety of the display pilots, aircraft and the event as a whole.

WHILST WE FULLY APPRECIATE YOUR DISAPPOINTMENT AT THIS NEWS THIS WILL NOT AFFECT ANY OTHER ASPECT OF THIS EVENT.

FROM THE EVENT ORGANISER AND THE FLYING DISPLAY DIRECTOR.

OPENING TIMES

Friday 8th September 2017
9am – 5pm

(no official airshow / re-enacment battle on this day)

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September 2017
9am – 5pm



Spitfire IX G-LFIX, ML407 at the Victory Show 2017

Seafire III G-BUAR, PP972

SEE DISPLAY BRIEF AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE

Seafire MK III PP972 was one of 250 Type 358 Seafire L.F.III aircraft ordered from Westland Aircraft in July 1943. It left the works during September 1944. It is the only surviving Seafire Mk III in the world. The aircraft was transferred to 809 Squadron Fleet Air Arm in November 1944 serving on HMS Stalker and then on HMS Attacker.

PP972 then re-joined HMS Stalker in March 1945. HMS Stalker, with PP972 on board, left Gibraltar on the 7th of March 1945 for Trincomalee, Ceylon, with the 21st Aircraft Carrier Squadron, arriving on the 20th of March. This then became part of the East Indies Fleet consisting of six CVE’s sent to re-occupy Singapore. During its time in Ceylon, operating from both HMS Stalker and from RNAS Trincomalee, PP972 was involved in numerous operations as part of Operation Tiderace, the British plan to retake Singapore. PP972 then sailed aboard HMS Stalker back to the UK arriving in October 1945 and then returned to RNAS Nutts Corner, Northern Ireland

The aircraft has been made airworthy by Richard Grace and the team at Air Leasing LTD, who commenced the task in mid 2012, and was test flown in June 2015, making its airshow debut at Flying Legends in July 2015.