It’s been very wet and windy at Shoreham recently. Considering the lovely weather we all enjoyed in March, we hope the return of the blustery April showers don’t herald a wet summer even though the South East’s gardeners and water companies could desperately do with some rain.
Since the last blog, it has been a bust time for airshow organisers. The end of March saw the British Air Display Association AGM and pre-season symposium at RAF Fairford. Thanks must go to Tim Prince and his staff at RAFCTE for providing the venue and refreshments for a very useful meeting. These “get togethers” provide a useful forum for sharing ideas and problems with the rest of the airshow community and also to hear updates from those who allocate military assets and other roles that are very much behind the scenes. We’d like to add our congratulations to all those that were presented with the various awards.
Back at Shoreham, ticket sales are starting to pick up and we’ve had a very large order all the way from the Netherlands! The past week has also seen a very interesting presentation from Geoffrey Lee on the art of air to air photography. In the end, we made over £600 for the Royal Air Forces Association and learnt a great deal on the difficulty and technique on taking images from fast jets! We must thank Geoff for being so generous with his time during the evening.
The flying display is really starting to take shape now. Alongside our very strong support from the Royal Air Force we’ve added a few further items since the last blog. We’re delighted to welcome back out local aerobatic pilot Justyn Gorman who will be presenting his very popular Decathlon display and a new display in Pheonix Flying’s Scottish Aviation Bulldog as part of our CFS theme. The Bulldog is actually an aircraft with very strong Shoreham links being the military development of the Beagle Pup which was designed at and first flew from Shoreham Airport!
We also have started to put together our traditional ‘Battle of Britain Scenario.’ We happy to announce that the Spitfire Ia operated by the Aircraft Restoration Company will be taking part for the first time along with two examples of the Hispano HA-1112MIL Buchon representing Me109s! Joining the Spitfire Ia will be ARCo’s Spitfire IXT as well as the HAC Spitfire Vb and Hurricane XII. There will be further additions announces soon.
Ticket sales continue to come in as well as applications for the Executive Marquee – to get your tickets please visit http://www.shorehamairshow.co.uk .