Abingdon Air & Country Show – 5 May 2013

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Held in aid of the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust the volunteer-run Abingdon show provided a fun day out for the family and enthusiast alike, and benefited from some better weather than has been the case for many shows over recent years. Here are some highlights:

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Will Hilton and the SWIP Twister in which he would make his public display debut later in the day.

Five years ago Will, now 19, was an Air Cadet at the show directing cars. The youngster approached Twister pilot Pete Wells at that show and told him that it was his ambition to become a display pilot. With the help of Pete, Alan Cassidy and his own determination he has turned that ambition into reality.

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Rod Dean made his 2013 display debut at Abingdon in Bulldog XX543, having retired from displaying warbirds and classic jets.

ImagePeter Vacher’s Mk1 Hurricane was a star of the warbird content:

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The Breitling Wingwalkers team made their 2013 UK show debut at the Abingdon Air & Country Show having returned from their tour to Australia.

ImageAces High’s Dakota:

ImageThe above is but a small snapshot of the events in the air, with many more on the ground. The small team led by Neil Porter deserve much praise for their extreme efforts in bringing the show together each year. Look out for it in 2014.

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