Annual aviation event proves a fly-in success

This Vans RV-8 stole the show with its tiger scheme paint job.
This Vans RV-8 stole the show with its tiger scheme paint job.

A variety of aircraft, classic cars and even a Second World War artillery gun wowed the crowds at the Great North Fly-in last weekend.

The annual showcase was staged at Eshott Airfield on Saturday and Sunday and helped to raise more than £2,000 for The Royal British Legion and Fallen Fusiliers.

The Great North Fly-in took place at Eshott Airfield at the weekend.

The Great North Fly-in took place at Eshott Airfield at the weekend.

The event is organised by Northern Aviators in conjunction with Storm Smith who is the airfield operator and owner.

It gave the public the chance to get close to aircraft and speak to the pilots and owners of some wonderful vehicles.

This year the weather was not too kind, with squally showers and a brisk wind on Sunday.

However, this did not dampen the enthusiasm of those who attended.

A vintage vehicle at the Fly-in.

A vintage vehicle at the Fly-in.

Some did miss out though, as some aircraft from across the nation could not battle their way through the conditions and were disappointed not to make it to Northumberland.

Nonetheless, there were lots of interesting stands, including the Crusader 80 BAOR Living History Group which was displaying a 1942 25-pounder artillery gun which saw action in Normandy. There was also an array of military weapons from around the world.

The event featured some very interesting vehicles from the North East American Car Club and a large convoy of Morgan motor cars turned up. Another convoy from the UK Cobra Club also made the journey to Eshott.

Help was provided by 404 Squadron Air Cadets, based at Morpeth, who worked hard all weekend, as well as other local volunteers.

A collection of vehicles on show at the Fly-in.

A collection of vehicles on show at the Fly-in.

Attendees were able to enjoy a barbecue, bar and live music from The Lost Souls in the evening.

The event, which is due to be back next year, is entirely put together by volunteers with no sponsorship or funding from outside.

For those interested in attending, visit the website www.greatnorthflyin.co.uk