Midair Squadron’s Canberra PR9, XH134 / G-OMHD, the world’s only airworthy example, saw daylight at its Cotswold Airport home briefly on 2 September for a photoshoot in its stunning new colours.
The all-over silver paint scheme, complete with tri-colour roundels and fin-flash and large black ‘XH134’ markings under each wing, was completed in-house by C2 Aviation – the team responsible for her restoration to airworthy condition – at Cotswold Airport. The scheme is authentic and represents the markings worn when the type entered service.
Having now completed all necessary test flights following her return to the skies on 19 July, the aircraft will appear at Jersey International Air Display on Thursday, 12 September, before the Midair Squadron team will formally introduce the aircraft’s new colours to the public at the Goodwood Revival (13-15 September), where Midair is sponsoring the ‘Freddie March Spirit of Aviation’.
With a record number of pre-1966 aircraft confirmed for this year’s Concours d’Elegance, including a de Havilland Gipsy Moth and an Erco Ercoupe 415-C, XH134 will be in fitting company to demonstrate her grace, power and precision engineering.
Speaking about the sponsorship deal, Midair’s Managing Director and owner of Canberra XH134, Mike Davis, said, “The Freddie March Spirit of Aviation is an exceptional highlight of the Goodwood Revival, and it is an honour to participate in the celebration of historic British and worldwide engineering. The nostalgic appeal of the world’s most authentic aircraft will complement the Revival’s glamour and allure, and this will be further enhanced by the Canberra taking to the skies above Goodwood in her official unveiling”.
Those of you in the vicinity of Cotswold Airport this coming weekend should keep your eyes peeled for the chance to witness XH134 in her striking new colours as preparations continue apace in advance of these events.
Sincere thanks go to Midair Squadron’s Mike Davis, to everyone at C2 Aviation and to Inter Relations & Company.