Shoreham Airport, on the West Sussex coast, is a delightful little airport with a thirties art deco terminal in a picturesque setting. Its airshow has long been a favourite in the airshow calendar, raising large sums for the RAF Association charity. All this has sadly been overshadowed by the events of Saturday, but I would like to offer the following images from the day which I hope convey a little of what made Shoreham shows special, as a tribute to the organisers who delivered wonderful events year after year.
The Shoreham Airshow raises funds for the RAF Association and 2014’s bumper crowd will have been highly beneficial to the charity. Many will have come to see the Canadian Lancaster which was sadly grounded with engine problems but the show delivered plenty to keep everyone happy. The customary Battle of Britain set-piece gave way to a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration with an enacted invasion of the airfield featuring two Dakotas (avoiding the ‘flak’) and a variety of fighters.
The following illustrates a selection of the variety on offer at this popular event:
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: