Up-Diddily-Up-Up – It’s the Shoreham Airshow!
Next weekend will see the triumphant return of one of the U.K.’s finest festivals of air. The Shoreham Airshow will be taking place on 20th and 21st August 2011 at Shoreham Airport. The event attracted over 45,000 spectators in 2009. This year’s Airshow will see an expansion of activities, providing attendees with an evermore diverse and exciting festival. Judging by the level of preparation and the number of vintage planes and military aircraft that have been flying low over Shoreham for the past week, next weekend’s proceedings look set to be particularly impressive. Love Extreme Sports takes a sneaky peak at what will be on offer at the Shoreham Airshow 2011.
Marathon Air Display:
At the heart of the Shoreham Airshow is a mammoth 6-hour-long air display, featuring synchronised flying, aerobatics, staged battles and fly-pasts by some of the most iconic planes, jets and helicopters from throughout aviation history. The “Scramble”, which is a particular favourite with attendees, will see a stunning re-enactment of a Battle of Britain encounter between British Spitfires and Hurricanes and Nazi Messerschmitts. The display starts at 10.30am and concludes at 5.00pm and will include demonstrations by all branches of the armed forces, as well as civilian aircraft vintage and historic planes, microlights and gliders. The Royal Air Force will showcase some of the finest modern fighter jets from the British forces backline.
Formation sky-diving will be a big element at the Shoreham Airshow, with the inclusion of the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team on Saturday and the British Army’s Red Devils Parachute Display Team on Sunday. In terms of parachute displays the Falcons and Red Devils are much unrivalled. The Red Devils, the official parachute display team for the Parachute Regiment, are famed for their stunning aerobatic skills and iconic red jumpsuits. The team is composed of 20 serving soldiers from the Parachute Regiment’s three full-time battalions. All team members have served a minimum of 3 years in the Parachute Regiment and most will have seen active combat. The RAF Falcons’ team members are drawn from the Royal Air Force. Based at RAF Brize Norton, the U.K.’s leading parachute training centre, the Falcons is recognised as the country’s premier military parachute display team, with an unrivalled level of skill.
Despite all the high-octane, adrenaline-inducing aerial action, Shoreham Airshow truly offers something for everyone. Ground entertainment will include a funfair, children’s entertainers, extreme sports stalls, question and answer sessions, a classic car exhibition, simulator rides and the return of the “Real Dad’s Army” and the “Road Menders”. This year’s event has an RAF Search and Rescue theme, celebrating the 70 year anniversary of the establishment of the service. The sense of history will be palpable given Shoreham Airport can be credited as one of the birthplaces of the Search and Rescue service.
Shoreham Airshow is organised and coordinated by the good folk at the Royal Air Forces Association. Active support and input comes courtesy of the RAF, the British Army and the Royal Navy. Since its inception, the Shoreham Airshow has raised over £1.5 million for the RAFA, which provides welfare and comradeship to members of the Royal Air Force and members of the Royal Air Force Regiment. Tickets will only be available to buy online until tomorrow morning (9.00am, Monday 15th August 2011), so act fast if you want to guarantee entry to this extraordinary event.