Mid September saw Kemble Airfield host it's annual Open Day event. This year the event was held over two days to accommodate the Great Vintage Flying Weekend which will be returning to the calendar next May thanks to support from Kemble Airfield. The aim of the Open Day is to try and recreate the atmosphere of RAF Open Days of the past with open hangers and some flying displays. Paul Johnson/Flightline UK reports. Photography by Paul Johnson/Flightline UK and Simon Fenwick.
The second weekend in September saw the country split by different weather. While Leuchars in Scotland suffered from low cloud and rain, the southern half of the UK including Kemble saw mainly bright conditions and sunshine! Kemble's Open Day is much smaller than the annual Air Day event, but still features an enjoyable fly-in and air display. This year saw the Open Day being run over two days to incorporate the Great Vintage Flying Weekend which had cancelled it's original event at Hullavington earlier in the year. The good news is that G-VFWE will return to full strength next year at Kemble thanks to the support of Kemble Airfield. As well as the largest fly-in of vintage aircraft in the UK, it's hoped the event will stage a full flying display for the first time while maintaining it's focus on vintage and classic civil aircraft..
Sunday's flying display was a bigger affair than that staged on Saturday, but nevertheless both days provided some good entertainment for visitors. Highlight of the weekend for many was an appearance by the Red Arrows on Sunday who were supporting the Help for Heroes Airshow at RFC Rendcomb. Naturally there were appearances by the home team, Delta Jets, as well as some specially invited visitors such as the Silence Twister, Air Atlantique's DC-3 Dakota and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Like the Air Day, the Open Days were being held in support of charities - namely Fly2Help and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.