A feast of flight

The Great North Fly In 2011.'David Barraclough from R3ennington with his Europa XS mono wheel, in which he recently flew to Amiens in France.
The Great North Fly In 2011.'David Barraclough from R3ennington with his Europa XS mono wheel, in which he recently flew to Amiens in France.

FLYING fans were treated to a feast of all things aviation at the weekend, when a Northumberland airfield played host to planes of all shapes and sizes.

Eshott opened its runway for the Great North Fly In on Saturday and Sunday, causing a mass of microlights, light aircraft, autogyros, paramotors and powered hang-gliders to descend for the public to get acquainted with.

The Great North Fly In 2011.'A Soko Kraguj from the Yugoslavian Airforce.

The Great North Fly In 2011.'A Soko Kraguj from the Yugoslavian Airforce.

Among the more unusual flying machines on display were a Russian Yak-52 from the 1950s and a Soko Kraguj which once served with the Yugoslavian Air Force.

Borders Gliding Club instructor Richard Abercrombie flew in on wind-power alone, having left Milfield earlier in the day in his sports glider.

But the highlight of the weekend was a dramatic flypast by a pair of Spitfires which engaged in a mock dogfight over the airfield, which was an active fighter base during the Second World War.

As well as the aircraft, there was entertainment on the ground, with a barbecue and historical displays featuring authentic cockpits including a British Electric Canberra.

The Great North Fly In 2011.'The Spitfire put on a great display.

The Great North Fly In 2011.'The Spitfire put on a great display.

The Great North Fly In 2011.'A Russian Yakovlev Yak-52 from the 1950's.

The Great North Fly In 2011.'A Russian Yakovlev Yak-52 from the 1950's.