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AIRSHOW NEWS: More Aircraft added to Shoreham Airshow display line-up

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The countdown to this year’s 25th Anniversary Shoreham Airshow continues and our Flying Display Director Rod Dean has once again been busy behind the scenes adding more aircraft to the already spectacular line-up.

On Saturday August 30th the Avro Vulcan B2 XH558 will be appearing. This wonderful aircraft will once again grace the skies of Shoreham. “The backdrop of the Sussex Downs and Lancing College make Shoreham just that bit different compared with many other Airshows. Please note it will only be flying on the Saturday. Vulcan to the Sky Trust is limiting flying time this year so that this wonderful aircraft can extend its life span,” said Rod.

“The media attention that we have the world’s only two flying Lancaster’s has been the icing on the cake resulting in national and international interest with visitors applying for tickets from as far afield as Japan and Australia.”

Rod went on to say,” Another new item will be the US Navy Scenario featuring the Grumman Hellcat , Chance Vought Corsair, Grumman Bearcat and the Douglas Skyraider. These four aircraft will provide a formation and individual display demonstrating the power of these historic USN aircraft. They have a long and respected history in the wars of the Pacific, Korean war and Vietnam.”

The B-25 from the Royal Netherlands Historic flight will be flying with the popular B-17 Sally B. The Shoreham venue suits both these aircraft well giving visitors the opportunity to see the B-25 close up, which will base at Shoreham.

The popular Airfield Attack and Scramble will take on a different theme this year linked to D Day; a lot of surprises are in store with some different aircraft joining in. Also the Great War Display team will be flying 9 aircraft showing how aerial combat has changed over both wars.

Derek Harber, Shoreham’s Airshow Organiser has been delighted with the response to this year’s Airshow. “The Officer Commanding RAF Coningsby, Group Captain Johnny Stringer has agreed to be our Patron this year, and will be attending. It is a fitting tribute, as both the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and RAF Typhoon Display Team are based at this historic Lincolnshire Airfield.”

To include all the participating aircraft in the media release would be a mammoth task, with over 50 aircraft participating in a six hour flying display. Our website contains a full list and is updated on a regular basis. Many of the aircraft flying need a lot of ‘Tender Loving Care’ and all participation is subject to their serviceability, which is out of our control!

Press officer John Periam said. “In discussions with relevant parties, at other Airshows, there is no doubt that Shoreham is going to be very different this year. We already can tell this by the sale of advance tickets, and the interest shown by the many traders that exhibit at Shoreham. It is a real family day out with lots to see and do, including a craft tent, fun fair, vintage vehicles as well as large static aircraft display were one can meet the pilots and the lookalikes.”

25 years is a milestone”, added Derek Harber. “From humble beginnings we have now become one of the most respected aviation events in the UK, as well as one of the pilot’s favourites. The team behind it should all be proud of what they have achieved, whilst providing an enormous amount of funding to the Royal Air Forces Association.”

The ticket hotline is now open 01903 282360 and over 90 ticket outlets in Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey (see adverts in regional press) are selling direct.

AIRSHOW NEWS: New sponsor and supporters for Shoreham Airshow

The 2014 Shoreham Airshow is pleased to welcome on board another New Sponsor ‘GT Lifting Solutions’, Lifting Equipment Hire Specialists – and two New Supporters ‘Eurofighter Typhoon’ manufacturers the worlds most advanced swing-role combat aircraft and ‘Latest TV’ the New Brighton Regional Television Network.

Derek Harber, the Airshow Organizer confirmed this following discussions with all the companies. “It is important for us to have their support. Running an event such as ours, there are many hidden extras. By having such organizations on board, it allows us to allocate funding to other parts of the airshow!

‘GT Lifting Solutions’ Managing Director Graham Trundell said. “I am pleased to sponsor an aircraft at the Shoreham Airshow – it is a long running institution within the community, with a huge International following.”

Peter Teichmans, PRU-Blue Painted Supermarine Spitfire MkXI PL965 Photographic Reconnaissance Aircraft. It is an extremely rare aircraft with an interesting history. Peter who owns Hanger 11 has been involved in display flying for many years, and has built up a unique collection of aircraft, many which have appeared at Shoreham before. “I am indebted for GT Lifting Solutions support. Funding a display, helps keep these magnificent aircraft flying, especially at Shoreham, which has always been one of my favorite airshow venues.”

One of the highlights in the flying display for both days will be the RAF Typhoon. For the 2014 season it is being flown by Flt Lt Noel Rees from 29 (R) Squadron based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. Flt Lt Rees will be demonstrating the full turning and burning performance of the Typhoon during his display sequence. ‘Eurofighter’ will be offering behind the scenes support to the airshow organizing team.

‘’ is one of the new television channels to start in the UK on July 18th. It will broadcast on Channel 8 and Sky along with other selected networks including Freeview. Shoreham cannot run without the support of the media. “To have one of the new approved Regional Television Stations providing media coverage, and reportage updates by Talk Sports Mike Mendoza, will be a new venture for us., which will cover an area from Eastbourne to Chichester, wants to be seen to support such events. It is great news for the airshows established Press Team,” said John Periam – Press Officer.


What a year it is for aviation at Shoreham! The Honourable Company of Air Pilots has chosen this year’s airshow to hold their annual ‘Masters Garden Party’. Over 100 pilots, navigators and their guests will be attending the popular get together. Dorothy Saul-Pooley has the honour of being the first female Master of the Company. Dorothy is a Shoreham-Based flying instructor, and examiner with a wealth of experience, linked to a degree in law.

“What could be a better venue than Shoreham? I have had many happy hours flying here, and to support this, the 25th Anniversary Airshow is a golden opportunity to invite many of my colleagues to this wonderful aviation event at the UK’s oldest private airfield. To see the world’s last two flying Lancaster’s is an extra bonus for us all,” Dorothy added!

The flying programme for both the 30th and 31st of August will include over 50 participating aircraft in a six hour display. For more information go to – the ticket hotline number is 01903 282360, and tickets can also be purchased at over 90 retail outlets which can be seen in all the regional (sponsored) press advertisements in Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex. Southern Trains, who have supported us for many years, will also be providing special travel arrangements for the event. If you want to see the Airshow in style please contact the Airshow office on 01273 441545, for Executive Enclosure bookings.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Lancaster UK Air Display Schedule

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada: The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) continues to prepare their Avro Lancaster for its historic flight to England in August where it will join the only other airworthy Lancaster in the world, owned and operated by the Royal Air Force’s renowned Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), and participate in several events and activities. The UK Air Display Schedule featuring both Lancasters for August only is now confirmed below:

August 14-17 – Airbourne: Eastbourne International Air Show
August 16–17 – Combined Ops Show
August 17 – Sywell Great War Airshow
August 21-22 – Clacton Air Show
August 23-24 – Dunsfold Wings & Wheels
August 23 – Dawlish Air Show
August 24 – Little Gransden Air & Car Show
August 30-31 – Bournemouth Air Festival
August 30 – 31 – Shoreham Airshow

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum President & CEO, Sqn Ldr (Ret.) David G. Rohrer C.D., also a current Lancaster pilot, stated that since announcing the trip to England, “We have been overwhelmed with requests to have our Lancaster fly with the BBMF at many Air Displays.” Rohrer often refers to this trip as a “Once in a Lanc Time” event as it will not happen again. He indicated that “the sight of two Lancasters flying together is sure to be thrilling, memorable and emotional, evoking memories of the 55,000 members of Bomber Command who were lost during World War II; a figure that includes more than 10,000 Canadians.”

Officer Commanding the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Squadron Leader Duncan Mason added, “We are delighted to be able to release the events that we will be supporting with the CWHM Lancaster. As OC RAF BBMF, I am truly humbled to be involved in the joint project, as the 2 Lancasters fly together at events to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Lest We Forget.”

AIRSHOW NEWS: World’s Only two flying Lancaster Bombers to appear at RAFA Shoreham Airshow

The last two ‘LANCASTER BOMBERS’ still flying in the WORLD will come together to appear at this year’s SHOREHAM AIRSHOW on the 30th and 31st August.

“We are so honoured that we have been included on this display schedule, especially as it will be our 25th Anniversary Event. It was 25 years ago that the Lancaster from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight made a surprise fly past over, our then small Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Shoreham Fete, at the Airport. Since then, subject to serviceability the Lancaster has appeared at all Shoreham Airshows,” said Derek Harber, Airshow Organiser.

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Lancaster will depart from Hamilton, Ontario on August 4th to arrive in England on August 8th. The North Atlantic crossing will include en-route stops at Goose Bay, Labrador in Canada, Narsarsuaq in Greenland and Keflavik in Iceland prior to arriving in the UK.

These displays will celebrate the exceptionally close British/Canadian relationship and to commemorate the sacrifice and dedication of Commonwealth bomber crews and the professionalism of both nations’ air forces today.

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum President and CEO, Sqn Ldr (Ret) Dave Rohrer C.D (and current Lancaster pilot), stated that the Trans-Atlantic crossing and visit to the BBMF is a “Once in a Lanc Time” event and will not happen again. Rohrer indicated that this year “A rare window of opportunity was identified to bring the last two flying Lancaster’s in the world together as a special salute to all the veterans of Bomber Command, many of whom are in their late 80s or older now.

“To showcase a flying display with both aircraft flying together (subject to serviceability) supported by other aircraft from the BBMF with be a unique tribute to all those that served in the time of need, in Canada, Britain and the entire Commonwealth that likely will never be seen again.”

Rod Dean, Shoreham Airshow Display Director has been working hard this year to make Shoreham’s 25th Airshow that bit different. “The Pair of Lancaster’s will be the ‘ICING ON THE CAKE’ but we have a lot more surprises including a totally revamped Airfield Attack and Scramble, which will link to the Anniversary of the ‘D Day Landings’. Alongside this will be display aircraft that have not been seen at Shoreham before including a US NAVY element featuring some ‘very’ historic aircraft.”

With up to 6 hours flying both days featuring over 60 participating aircraft – including the return of the RAF Typhoon – we are sure that visitors will be in for one of the best airshows held at Shoreham in its 25 year history! A true family day out, with opportunities to visit the many ground attractions, and see the aircraft flying, including the outstanding sight of two Lancaster’s in formation, with the unique backdrop of the South Downs, and Lancing College.

More information on the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and its Lancaster can be found on

For more information go to which is updated on a regular basis, or contact the Airshow office on 01273 441545 for Executive Area enquiries. Tickets can be purchased from over 90 retail outlets across Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey or via the ‘Ticket Hotline 01903 282360.

AIRSHOW NEWS: BBC Radio recognises Shoreham Airshow Achievements

BBC Community Heroes Award - Derek HarbarBBC Radio Sussex and Surrey recognised the achievements of the Shoreham Airshow by awarding Derek Harber – Airshow Organiser the Community Hero’s Award under the Volunteer Section Banner for 2013.

At a presentation held at the South Lodge Hotel, Horsham Derek was presented with a glass trophy for his outstanding work. Both Derek and his wife Lesley work long hours to make sure all goes on well behind the scenes at Shoreham. Derek would be the first to admit ‘It is a Team Effort’ but every event has to have a person one can recognise as the ‘Boss’ like all RAF Squadrons do.

“It was a surprise when my name was mentioned from a short list of finalists, but I was delighted that Shoreham had the regional recognition it has so rightly deserved for many years,” said Derek. “It will be our 25th Anniversary Airshow in 2014 and hopefully the 2 million pound target for RAFA Funds will be reached. What makes Shoreham so special is the way the event is run making it a Family Airshow and one of the Pilots favourite venues – that is something we must retain,” he added.

Let’s now look forward Shoreham Airshow 2014 on the 30th and 31st August. Planning is now under way!!

AIRSHOW NEWS: Dates confirmed for the 25th RAFA Shoreham Airshow

Dates have now been confirmed for the 2014 Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) 25th Anniversary Airshow at Shoreham Airport.

August 30th and 31st will be the days that the organisers will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Airshow which to date has raised almost 1.9 million pounds for RAFA funds.

From humble beginnings, the show has now become one of the ‘highlights’ of the aviation flying display calendar. The organising team are all volunteers, and it is one of the pilot’s favourite Airshow venues!

Derek Harber, Airshow Organiser said. “The 2013 event was one of the most successful shows we have had to date. The weather was on our side – ticket sales were exceptional, and the flying display was considered by many to be one of the best.”

“We could not have done it without our sponsors and supporters,” he added.

“Rod Dean our Flying Display Director, himself a display pilot, managed to bring some new events into the flying schedules. We have proved that under the new team ‘The Show Will – and Can Go On’. Our late founders Don Bean MBE, and Peter Eager would have both been delighted.”

What about 2014? “We will celebrate in true style, and already discussions are under way with the MOD events teams, civilian display pilots and some possible overseas visitors to make next year’s show that little bit special,” said Rod Dean. “Many of the pilots contact us asking to return, before we have even confirmed our dates.”

“Tickets will go on sale earlier. We are addressing some issues re parking and exiting the event, which caused some traffic related problems for some of our visitors. We cannot please all, and most major events suffer from this issue when you get an influx of people to a venue,” said John Periam Airshow Press Officer.

Derek Harber went on to say, “We have budgets, and costing’s have increased. However; we are able to spend money wisely, so that we can afford some of the best displays the airshow circuit has on offer. Next year our budgets will reflect your views as paying guests, along with the fact that this show has now been running for 25 magnificent years. We know we will never please all, but rest assured we are going to make efforts to make it just that little bit special.”

“We will keep you updated, and it is important for you – the readers to know that we are not able to run Shoreham without the excellent support of the media. The publicity that they give us, linked to our sponsors makes sure that you are kept fully updated. For more information go to or contact the airshow office 01273 441545.”

We all look forward to seeing you in 2014 and hope that you will attend helping us to celebrate 25 wonderful years of the RAFA Shoreham Airshow. We can’t do it without you!!

AIRSHOW NEWS: Shoreham Airshow welcomes new sponsors and exciting additions

The organisers of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Shoreham Airshow being held on 31st August and September 1st are delighted to announce new major sponsors on board for this their 24th Airshow which to date has raised. 1.8 Million Pounds for RAFA Funds.

Air BP has joined Spitfire Ale (Shepherd Neame), Southern Trains and Johnson’s Press (Group Papers Hampshire and Sussex) as major sponsors. “The Aviation Division of BP is delighted to associate itself with Shoreham Airshow considered by many to be one of the most popular aviation events in the UK that has given so much to such a deserving charity as the Royal Air Forces Association,” said their spokesperson.

Other supporters include Bunn Leisure, Winner Plant Hire, Southern Water, Rabbit Skips, Splash FM, Brietling and Brighton Shoreham Airport. “These are very important to us at Shoreham as they provide the support we need in many areas to make sure the show runs to the standards the CAA expects,” said Derek Harber Airshow Organiser.

Rod Dean, the Airshow Flying Display Director has confirmed that the Vulcan has been booked for Sunday 1st September.

He added, “The flying display is all but completed and we will be featuring some new participants to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of 617 Squadrons Dambusters Raid and the Salute to the US Mighty 8th Air Force. The RAF is providing a full assortment of display aircraft including the Eurofighter and Lancaster.

Civilian owned Aircraft including the North American Sabre, Hawker Hunter T7 and Strikemaster jets will also be flying. The Breitling Wingwalkers and the Matadors will take to the air as will the RN Historic Flight’s Sea Fury and Swordfish. The Airfield Attack and Scramble supported by pyrotechnics and ground support will return along with the World War One Display Team.”

“Ground attractions and the static aircraft display make it a full day out for all our visitors and we have not forgotten the children with a fun fair and flight simulators. Military vehicle displays will run alongside the popular craft tent. On Saturday evening we have the very colourful kite display lighting up the skies over the airfield,” said John Periam Airshow Press Officer.

“It has now become a mammoth task for the airshow team to run this event. We know we can’t please all, but we can assure you that it is a real value family day out with over 5 hours flying and 60 participating display aircraft. With the backdrop of Lancing College and the South Downs it makes Shoreham a unique display which is highly respected by pilots and members of the armed services, as is shown by their continued support over the years,” said Derek Harber.

Our website is updated on a regular basis and the Johnson’s Press ticket hotlines are now open on 01903 714135 and 01903 282382. They are also selling tickets at over 75 retail outlets in Hampshire and Sussex.

For those that want to see the show in style there is the Executive Enclosure where you can enjoy lunch and afternoon tea whilst watching the flying close to the crowd line. For more information please contact the airshow office on 01273 441545.

AIRSHOW NEWS: New plans revealed for RAFA Shoreham Airshow

The organisers of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Shoreham Airshow 2013 which is being held on the 31st August and 1st of September have announced some exciting changes for this years event.

The show now in its 24th year has raised over 1.8 million pounds to date for RAFA funds which go towards supporting ex and current members of ‘The RAF Family’.

It will be a year of ‘Celebrations’. The 70th Anniversary of the Dam Busters Raid by 617 Squadron will see the return of the Lancaster and other aircraft from The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The 70th Anniversary of the US Mighty 8th will see a display from US Aircraft lead by Sally B the B17 flying in formation with fighters from that era.

Not to be out done the Royal Air Forces Association will also be celebrating its 70th Anniversary supported by Shoreham Branch Members.

“With our new Flying Display Director Rod Dean there promises to be some changes to displays for this year. Rod who has organised the flying at Farnborough and was a top display pilot himself has a wealth of experience,” said Derek Harber Airshow Organiser. “He is highly respected by other pilots and has contacts within the aviation industry that will benefit Shoreham for many years to come.”

It has been announced that the Eurofighter Typhoon will be displaying both days along with other aircraft from The RAF and Royal Navy as well as The Falcons Parachute Team.

Our show is highly respected by both the aviation press, and other display pilots as being a show that contains the best of both civilian and military flying. Once again Shoreham will aim to please.

Other confirmed aircraft are the Skyraider, F-86A Sabre, C47, and the return of the popular WW1 Team with 8 aircraft. Shoreham of course would not be the same without the Airfield Attack and Scramble by Spitfires and Hurricanes.

“Before you ask? If the Vulcan is flying we will do our utmost to book it for Shoreham,” said Derek.

“It is early days and as this goes to press more display aircraft are being booked,” said Rod Dean. You can keep up to date by going to the Airshow website;

“Children are important both to the Airshow, and of course to the future of the armed forces so we plan to make sure the ground attractions are updated to include more interesting activities for them.

Our two day Airshow is a ‘Family Event’ and there will be many attractions from a craft tent through to trade stands, large static aircraft display, airside attractions with vehicle parade and a fun fair for all,” said Press Officer John Periam.

Tickets Hotline will open soon (01903 282382 and 714135). Tickets can also be purchased on line at and direct from Shoreham Airport. Retail outlets for sales will be announced later this spring.

The popular Executive Marquee will also be open for those that want to watch the Flying in style. Please contact the Airshow Office on 01273 441545.

Don Bean MBE

Don Bean MBE

Don Bean MBE

It is with deep regret that the organisers of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Shoreham Airshow announce the passing of its organiser Don Bean MBE following a recent illness at the age of 80.

In the year 2000 Don was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his tireless work for the Association. He founded the Shoreham Airshow 23 years ago following a small fete that was held to the East of the Airfield. The rest is history with donations made to RAFA of over 1.7 million pounds.

Don would have been the first to admit that it was a team effort. A firm handshake followed by a pat on the back was his way of saying thank you sometimes followed by a pint in the Airport Terminal Bar. Don was a modest man who worked hard to make the airshow what it is now – one of the best in the UK and respected by the aviation industry.

His efforts did not stop there. He in 1986 provided the Standard for Shoreham Branch RAFA. Later he became a Founder Member of the Friends of Sussex Down which was the RAFA residential home at Storrington in West Sussex. Several concerts were organised by Don to raise funds for Sussex Down with guests including the late Max Bygraves and the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. Dame Vera Lynn became a close friend supporting his efforts on many occasions.

The word ‘Yes’ was replaced more with the comment ‘I Am Sure You Can Do Better’ when it came to negotiating prices for flying displays and the many others items associated in running such a large event. He had retained his selling skills from running his own company!

Don had no fear when it came to talking to a member of the Royal Family or a senior officer at MOD. The word ‘No’ did not exist when it came to getting a specific aircraft to Shoreham. He had a list of private phone numbers that got him to the highest places as well as some of the aircrew dispatch desks.

Don served his National Service in the RAF from 1950 – 1953 working mainly in Air Traffic. Following this he became an apprentice Glazier specialising in leaded light. He then founded Lancing Glassworks which he ran until his retirement.

He was a member of Old Steine Masonic Lodge, where his charitable interests developed, and was an ardent Brighton and Hove Albion supporter.

He was dedicated to his wife Anne who supported him through rough and smooth. The worries regarding the Airshow were tenfold and many restless and late nights were spent at their home sharing their concerns. The logistics involved were vast when it came to costings and planning the flying schedules. The worries prior to the airshow turned to smiles once it was over.

Most airshows have a fully paid staff and are there to make a profit. Don made sure his profits went to RAFA. The highest amount given in one year was just over £165,000 – an achievement no other airshow world wide has done for this charity. In 2012 it cost just over £340,000 to run the airshow! The first show made £1,800 – what an achievement!

‘True Grit and Determination’ made Don the man he was. He was respected by those that knew him. The word ‘Thank You’ was at the top of his list. He gave help to others when needed and was a loyal ‘friend’ to many.

The Airshow will carry on and it will be a fitting tribute to Don as well as the late Peter Eager who passed away earlier this year.

Acting Airshow Organiser Derek Harber said, “It is not easy to put into words how we feel about this sad loss other than to say; he will be remembered with the respect he truly deserved. The office at Shoreham Airport will not be the same without his smiling face and his laughter. He was a man dedicated to his love of aviation which grew from humble beginnings. Shoreham Airport is steeped in history and Don’s memory will be linked to this for others in the future to see.”

Don leaves his wife Anne, 2 daughters, a step son and step daughter, 10 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.



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