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2010 UK Airshows : REVIEW

Dunsfold Wings and Wheels Press Launch 2010

Programme CoverOne of our highlights of the year at Flightline UK each year is the Dunsfold Wings and Wheels Show at the end of August. 2010 is a big year for the event which has expanded to two days, a sign of just how popular this air and motoring show has become. Dunsfold is a very special place in aviation history and with the return of the Harrier to the display circuit is set to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first vertical take-off at Dunsfold!

Paul Johnson/Flightline UK reports. All photography by James George/Flightline UK.

When Wings & Wheels first appeared in 2004 it took us totally by surprise. The show was quite simply outstanding and has quite simply has got better and better each year. For 2010, Wings & Wheels has spread its wings and is returning for two days this year on Sunday 29th and Monday 30th August. The Show is put on with the aim of raising funds for deserving charities with Help for Heroes, the Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, Brooklands Museum and the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust all benefiting from the proceeds of the show. The last event saw record crowds of 25,000 descend on the airfield. The crowd numbers did cause a few problems getting out and Dunsfold Park are keen to advise people of new traffic management for 2010. Plans include the earlier introduction of a new exit gate which will ease traffic flow on the two main gates, extra car parking marshals to direct traffic and road traffic signals and traffic staff at key junctions to mange the flow out on the main roads surrounding the aerodrome.

The show is very much an event of two different halves. The ‘Wheels’ of the show is masterminded by Brooklands Museum who have lined-up an assortment of motoring icons, including Aston Martins, Ferraris, Jaguars, AC Cobras, Lotuses, Porsches, TVRs and the McLaren Mercedes SLR, to entertain the crowds as they demonstrate their speed and power up and down the runway made famous by BBC’s Top Gear. Top Gear will also be evidence with a display of just a few of Clarkson, Hammond and May's finest creations!

In the air, there is a superb flying display orchestrated by Dave Walton and his colleagues from TSA Consulting. The Red Arrows will be appearing on both days along with Eurofighter Typhoon, Harrier GR9, Hawk T1, Tucano T1 and Tutor T1 from the Royal Air Force. The Royal Navy will also be displaying a solo Westland Lynx from 815 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton.

Alongside the military flying, there are a whole host of the best civilian acts. The Old Flying Machine Company will be showing off thier Spitfire and Mustang while the Blades, Breitling Wingwalkers, Matadors, Twister Duo and others will all be showing off the best in barnstorming aerobatics. Perhaps the highlight though will be the return of the Vulcan which made such a dramatic contribution to the show in 2009. Jamie McAllister, Event Director commented: “The Vulcan drew a huge crowd to last year’s Wings & Wheels when she performed her first flight over the skies of Dunsfold Aerodrome. We are all really excited to confirm she will be displaying on both days this year adding another iconic flying machine to an already incredible line-up of aviation favourites."

The Press Launch on the 17th August was a chance for Dunsfold Park to introduce some of the personalities and attractions that make the event so special. Dunsfold commentator Brendan O'Brien put in appearance with his crazy flying act almost landing on a truck driven up and down the main runway. Joining Brendan was Flt Lt Steve Kenworthy in his Harrier GR9 from 4(R) Squadron at RAF Wittering. As well as enjoying the cars and motorbikes on hand to wiz attendees around the Top Gear test track, Steve was met by Duncan Simpson, one of the Hawker and British Aerospace test pilots that flew the Harrier from Dunsfold.

Dunsfold is set to be a cracking day out at this famous airfield. The two day show is being held over the August Bank Holiday, Sunday 29th and Monday 30th August, at Dunsfold Park near Guildford, Surrey and is open to spectators from 9.00 to 18.00.

Tickets prices remain the same as 2009 and start from: £16 for adults, £5 for under 15’s and £36 for a family. Hospitality packages start at £120 per person.

More information can be found on official website or Flightline UK preview.

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