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Kemble air show really takes off!
SCORES of top aircraft from across the decades delighted record numbers of spectators at the Cotswold Air Show over the weekend.
The family show, based at the Cotswold Airport, drew a total of around 20,000 people to Kemble in Gloucestershire over the two days.
Event organiser Glen Moreman, operations manager at the airport, said: “It has been a fantastic weekend and we are delighted with the record numbers of people who turned out to enjoy it.
“It is the second year we have been operating a two-day format and we have had good crowds on both days, particularly on Sunday.
“All of the flying displays have been of the highest calibre, and as we have been celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, a huge number of these displays have paid tribute to the memory of all these heroes from a bygone era.”
Among the key attractions at the show were the world-famous Red Arrows aerobatic display team, a Battle of Britain memorial flight, a Eurofighter Typhoon, and the Renegades parachute display.
The Red Arrows, who were based at the airport – formerly RAF Kemble – for nearly 20 years, delighted the crowds on both days.
Meanwhile civilian parachute team, the Renegades, dropped-in on for what was their first public display.
The team, based at South Cerney near Cirencester, is drawn from members of the Cotswold-based UK Skydiving organisation and is one of the few non-military parachute teams in Europe.
The show also featured an RAF fly-past by a Hurricane and a Spitfire to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Renowned aviation artist David Bent, from Swindon, used the weekend to launch his new collection of work, which commemorates the courage of Britain’s pilots during the Second World War.
Other attractions at the show included Team Viper with their Strikemaster Jet, the Yakolevs display team, and Guy Westgate with the Swift Glider Aerobatic Team.
The event supported the RAF Benevolent Fund, which provides practical and financial support for all members of the RAF.
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