Abingdon Air & Country Show – Dalton Barracks – 14 May 2017

The airshow at the former RAF airfield suffered a number of pre-event cancellations and periods of bad weather – despite being moved a couple of weeks further into the year in an attempt to avoid those incidents from which it had previously suffered.  As always though, Neil Porter and his small team delivered a highly entertaining program of flying and ground activities, with revised regulations necessitating a complete re-design of the public access and viewing areas. One of the Twister team experienced an engine failure resulting in a heavy emergency landing and injuries to the pilot, reported to be relatively minor. The following images hopefully illustrate a little of what was on offer to the visiting public.

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Little Gransden Air & Car Show – Beds, UK – 28 August 2016

Held at the lovely little airfield not far from Cambridge, the annual Little Gransden Air & Car Show raises welcome funds for the BBC’s Children in Need charity. The event suffered from changeable and sometimes extreme weather which caused a few scheduling issues, but as ever the public enjoyed a highly entertaining show which was well attended. A number of World War Two aircraft displayed as did various aerobatic, jet and training machines. Dennis Neville’s Flying Circus provided old ‘Barnstorming’ style antics – flying under a limbo pole, taking penalties against a goalkeeper and bursting balloons with their propellers. The Spitfire display which opened the show was dedicated to the late Terry Wogan.

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Vintage Flying Event – Stow Maries – 15 May 2016

An airshow and fly-in took place at Stow Maries Aerodrome – the most original World War One aerodrome still in existence. The aerodrome opened in 1916 as one of three locally with the aim of protecting London from attack by Zeppelin airships and Gotha bombers. When closed in 1919 after a short period of service the land was returned to agricultural use, but many of the buildings have remained untouched into their centenary. Work has taken place over recent years to restore the structures and produce a museum site illustrating the aerodrome’s wartime existence. A number of replica Great War aircraft are now based here and one of those, a BE2, performed at the event, a type that served here one hundred years ago. The weekend’s weather was changeable but mostly fine, allowing for a large turn-out of visiting light aircraft and a small display programme.

For further events throughout the year visit http://www.stowmaries.org.uk/news/events for details.

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