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The finale to a great season of airshows up and down the south coast is once again the Shoreham Airshow which has also become one of the most important in the area. It's mix of new and old really has made this show one of the most well respected on the circuit. Paul Johnson/Flightline UK reports from this year's Press Launch. All photography copyright of author.

From humble beginnings as a Royal Air Forces Association fete on the corner of Shoreham Airfield, the RAFA Shoreham Airshow has grown into a two day extravaganza of flying and ground shows to suit all tastes. 2007 sees the 18th in the series of events and looks set to be the biggest and most successful yet.

I'm a celebrity, get me out of here!

"I’ve flown with the Red Arrows, parachuted out of planes and been flown in many Air Show displays. Unless I learn to pilot a plane myself, the only thing I haven’t tried is Wing Walking. Until now !” said former Jungle star Jan Leeming prior to her wingwalking experience with Team Guinot.

Team Guinot will once again be out in force for this year's Shoreham Airshow, one of their favourite venues during their lengthy display season. Also at the show will be Guinot Cosmetic Caravan where you'll be able to top up on that important suncream!

On the ground, the crowds not only get a chance to see the aircraft close up in the static displays, but will also be able to meet the pilots and even take to skies themselves in a helicopter. Also on offer are motoring displays, military recruiting as well as the usual beer, ice cream and food stands. Haurel and Lardy and Dad's Army will also be hand to entertain the crowds and see off the hun.

Flying on boths will start at 1100 with a display by Carolyn Grace in her Spitfire IXT to some appropriate music. As the show falls on Battle of Britain day, this opening sequence will be highly emotive.

As ever, there's strong support from the services. All of the RAF's solo display teams will be in the air at some point over the weekend. The Typhoon will only be appearing on Saturday as will the Chinook. Jumping in on both days will be the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team making a welcome return to Shoreham. The Royal Navy too will have a strong presence with the Black Cats display team and the Seafire XVII deputising for the Sea Fury and Sea Hawk. The main theme for this years show is the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The flight have supported the RAFA events at Shoreham ever since they started 18 years ago. The full complement of Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane will be at the show. For the first time in the show's history the two fighters will land at Shoreham to overnight on Saturday.

The BBMF fighters will join what promises to be a very impressive collection of warbirds. First off they will join five more Spitfires and three more Hurricanes as well as Carloyn Grace's Spirfire. These eight will form the main part of the Battle of Britain Scenario which returns for the second year. Organised by John Romain, this promises to be even better than last year with the RAF and Dad's Army seeing off two Me108s and a Me109 Buchon. Another theme in the flying will be the 65th Anniversary of the Eight Aiir Force and 60th Anniversary of the United States Air Force with an impressive collection of US hardware. The three "heavies" at the centre of this part of the programme are the Catalina, B-25 Mitchell and B-17 Flying Fortress and the latter should be flying together. Peter Teichman and the home based Real Flying Company round off the theme with P-40M Kittyhawk, P-51D Mustang and T-6 Texan/Harvard. More modern history will be represented with the likes of Jet Provosts, Gnat, UH-1H Huey and Vampire T11

The best aerobatics display as always form an integral part of the day with displays from Denny Dobson and John Taylor in their Extra 300s, Guy Wesgate and the incredible Swift Glider towed by another Extra, Yakovlevs, Team Guinot and The Blades.

CLICK HERE for full Shoreham Preview. Advance Tickets are on sale at http://www.shorehamairshow.com

Type Advance On the gate
Adult £15 £20
Junior(12-16) £7 £10
Child(0-11) FREE FREE

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