The annual Baird of Bute Festival of Flight was held on Saturday, September 21, at Kingarth and Ettrick Bay, with spectators gathered at both sites to watch various aircraft take to the skies in celebration of Andrew Blain Baird, the Bute blacksmith who made history by making the first all-Scottish heavier-than-air powered flight over the beach at Ettrick Bay in 1910.
Unfortunately due to heavy fog across the country, many of the pilots due to arrive at the Baird Airstrip at Kingarth on Saturday morning were forced to turn back, although this didn’t detract from the cheery atmosphere, as visitors enjoyed music by piper Daniel McDermott and tasty rolls and warming cups of tea and coffee courtesy of Kingarth Hotel while watching planes of all sizes land.
At Ettrick Bay, spectators were delighted when the Royal Navy landed their helicopter in the field neighbouring the tearoom, allowing for an up-close inspection of the huge aircraft. Following this, the crew demonstrated their finely-honed skills with a rescue demonstration in the bay.
The above video shows a few clips of the day’s events; see this week’s Buteman for more pictures from the festival - on sale on Thursday, September 26.