My son David and I continued viewing the Sky Pageant ’92 static display aircraft prior to the general public arriving on the flightline – here’s a Kleine Brogel, 31 Squadron “NATO Tiger” F-16 “Fighting Falcon” or “Viper” from the Belgian Air Force.
Here’s a Kleine Brogel, 31 Squadron two seat “family model” version of the F-16 “Fighting Falcon” or “Viper” from the Belgian Air Force at Sky Pageant ’92.
Sky Pageant ’92 not only had current aircraft participating, but there were some vintage aircraft on display as well – like this P-51 “Mustang” named, “Old Crow.”
I Googled “P-51 Old Crow” and there is an entire web site and numerous links about this particular aircraft – seen here parked beside a German Luftwaffe, “Me 109.”
“Old Crow” is “dedicated to triple ace Bud Anderson who flew the P-51 Mustang in the 357th Fighter Group ‘Yoxford Boys’ during WWII.”
The P-51 Mustang was built by North American, and flew against its “nemesis” at the time – the “Messerschmitt Bf 109” – which is commonly called the, “Me 109.”
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was Germany’s best fighter during WWII, and has more recorded “kills” than any other single fighter aircraft.
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 or “Me 109” battled the P-51 “Mustang” and the RAF “Spitfire” (not shown here) – as well as other Allied aircraft models during the historic air-to-air dogfights of WWII.
It was a fitting symbol of unity that these once bitter foes of the aerial dogfights of WWII were now on display – parked side by side on the ramp – for Sky Pageant ’92.
With blue skies overhead and the entire day left for the public to enjoy Sky Pageant ’92, the crowds began arriving at RAF Upper Heyford, UK.
I believe this is a French helicopter Demonstration Team that attended Sky Pageant ’92 – but I wasn’t able to confirm that through a Google search.
Public access to Sky Pageant ’92 opened and avid aircraft enthusiasts make their way down past the transport ramp to the fighter static displays.
This is an RAF Handley Page “Victor” which was used in a variety of roles including air refueling; British aircraft designs often had an “organic” basis and differed greatly from other aircraft designs around the world.
This is an RAF Avro “Vulcan” delta wing bomber that was quite impressive to see up close, and the aerial demonstration was excellent.
The delta winged “Vulcan” was a very efficient design for a large aircraft, and an early example of the operational use of the delta wing.
The “Vulcan” bomber is best known for its use in the Falklands War – demonstrating the range and efficiency provided by the delta wing design.
The “Vulcan” retired from service in 1984 but the “Vulcan Display Team” continued to operate the aircraft for display at airshows to keep the amazing aircraft flying.