Flying Legends 2019 started at midday, earlier than usual, to allow the Red Arrows to open the show. With RAFAT out of the way, the proper business of flying warbirds began with a formation of twelve Spitfires. The afternoon’s flying comprised a number of set-pieces, including a Battle of Britain formation, navy fighters, a D-Day tribute of three Dakotas and the Classic Formation of a DC-3 and three Beech 18s.
As tradition dictates, the show ended with a flypast (or “Balbo”) of twenty-four fighters, with two “jokers” (Sea Fury and Bearcat) entertaining the crowd while the Balbo formed up.
Like last year’s Flying Legends, I watched from the western side of the airfield near the Land Warfare Museum. The easterly runways were in use so I had a good view of the aircraft taxying from their parking positions to the runway thresholds.