The 2013 airshow at Shoreham would be the first to take place without the event’s originators, Don Bean and Peter Eager, who both passed away towards the end of 2012. From a humble beginning as a fete in an airport car park the pair produced an airshow that became one of the most popular on the calendar, and all in aid of the Royal Air Forces Association charity.
This year’s show continued the legacy of a full and wide-ranging display programme, covering both the historical and modern, military and civilian, but with the popular Battle of Britain set-piece and ground displays highlighting the south coast’s wartime history. Other themes for 2013 included the seventieth anniversary of the Dambusters raid and a salute to the US 8th Air Force. Shoreham is a two day show and although the Saturday was mostly bright and sunny, the Sunday saw a bright start cloud over for much of the flying.
Peter Eager’s widow Michelle took the microphone to talk to the crowd about Peter and Don, their part in the show’s history and to thank the supporters of the event such as Guy Westgate here, who had just landed – on a sixpence as usual – having just displayed the Fox glider.
New Breitling Wing Walker Nikita Salmon heading out for their display:
A few images of the departing aircraft as the sun dropped went down: