Classic Fighters Marlborough

Classic Fighters 2003

Field Report

Classic Fighters 2003 airshow again presented a range of scenarios that were  largely  unexpected by the public. A North African theme underpinned  the WW-II sequence and this saw a huge pyramid built on the field for the  weekend in addition to sphynx sculptures guarding the Gold Pass marquee  and palm trees in the food court! An accurate, full scale Ju.87 Stuka also  formed part of the ground display while various Harvards dressed as French  and Italian fighters for the show.

The Great War sequence saw another  milestone for Southern Hemisphere airshows when aircraft numbers  participating reached double figures. Most noteworthy among the aircraft  were the FIVE Fokker Dr.I Triplanes, the greatest number seen together  since the war ended in 1918. In addition, the ground based equipment  included a fully operational and accurate replica of a Mk.I British tank,  complete with firing guns, along with a genuine Krupps cannon and a large  team of reenactors to delight the crowds.

- Graham Orphan

T.V.A.L. Aircraft Appearing

Sopwith F1 Camel ...................... Gene DeMarco
Bristol F2B Fighter .....................Tim Sullivan
Nieuport 24 ............................... Keith Skilling
Fokker Dr I Triplane ................... John Lanham (Von Richthofen)

AVRO 504k....................................James Slade (Taxi Only)