Black Cats team launch 2010 season at Duxford Air Show

Black Cats team launch 2010 season at Duxford Air Show 26 May, 10,

The Black cats kicked off their season for 2010 at the Duxford Spring Air Show in Cambridgeshire. As this was the first event of the season, hopes were high that the weather would hold and the display would flow. Luckily both did!

The crowds had already gathered to see the various visitors turn up on Saturday despite the formal air displays not being until the next day. The Black Cats were joined by a huge range of other aircraft including Spitfire, Hurricane, Tiger Moth, Dakota and Mustang amongst many others.

Icelandic volcanic ash then threatened to disrupt the whole of Sunday when the scheduled Eurofighter Typhoon display was grounded at RAF Coningsby and there was talk of many other aircraft cancelling theirs’ as well. Thankfully at 1400 displays kicked off anyway with the Black cats scheduled for 1700.

At 1700, the Black Cats taxied out for their first display of the season in front of about 10000 spectators and the timing was perfect as the passing shower cleared in time for the run in. The new, compact, crowd centred display was well suited to a slightly smaller scale event such as Duxford and the routine was well received by the crowd.

Overall, enjoyment levels far exceeded expectation for everyone in the team and this bodes well for the rest of 2010.

The team has undergone a transformation with the arrival of two new pilots: Lt Becky Frater (Black Lead) and Lt Chris Chambers (Black 2) have taken the helm. It is an exciting time for the Black Cats; we have an interesting array of upcoming events, a redesigned, dynamic display and a brand new logo.  The team continues to operate two AgustaWestland Lynx helicopters

The team schedule for 2010 is as follows

BLACK CATS 2010
EVENT DATE
Southend Airshow (Bank Holiday) 30th – 31st May
French Navy 100, Toulon 12th – 13th Jun
Kemble Air Show 19th – 20th Jun
Cardiff Armed Forces Day 26th Jun
Biggin Hill Air Show 26th – 27th Jun
Goodwood Festival of Speed 3rd – 4th Jul
Yeovilton Air Day 10th Jul
Silverstone British Grand Prix 10th – 11th Jul
Chalmondeley Pageant of Power 17th – 18th Jul
Farnborough International Air Show 22nd – 23rd Jul
Sunderland International Air Show 24th – 25th Jul
Culdrose Air Day 28th Jul
Navy Days Portsmouth 30th Jul – 1st Aug
Bristol Balloon Festival 14th – 15th Aug
Bournemouth Air Festival 20th – 22nd Aug
Guernsey Battle of Britain Air Display 9th Sep
Southport Air Display 18th – 19th Sep
Duxford Autumn Air Show 10th Oct

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