Adding further colour to the skies at the 10th Al Ain Aerobatic Show was Jonathon ‘Flapjack’ Whaley in his iconic Hawker Hunter F58 G-PSST, better known as ‘Miss Demeanour’.
When the news broke at IWM Duxford’s Autumn Air Show of Jonathon’s intention to sell ‘Miss D‘, it sent a shockwave through the aviation enthusiast community. Thus, Al Ain 2013 would give well-wishers a final opportunity to see the two display together in public.
Having been together since 1999, it would be fair to say that the two have struck up quite an understanding, and Flapjack’s Hunter displays are always exceptionally well received.
Precisely what ‘Miss D‘s future looks like remains something of an unknown, but considerable interest has been received from a number of parties.
Jonathon, thankfully, has no plans to hang up his display-flying gloves and is already setting his sights on a couple of cockpits he’d like to occupy for the 2014 season. Time will tell on that score.
At Al Ain, the crowd was treated to an immaculate display in perfect skies on each of the three public display days.
Undoubtedly for them, the biggest disappointment will have been that they only got to see her in the air, as the aircraft operated to and from the military site on each occasion.
At the post-show party, Jonathon was honoured by a special presentation celebrating his and ‘Miss Demeanour’s now extended association with the Al Ain Aerobatic Show.
Thanks for the memories, Jonathon, and here’s to many more to come!
Maintaining the colourful theme, I’ll move on to the Breitling Wingwalkers next time.