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Kemble air show really takes off!

Swindon Advertiser: Kemble air show really takes off! 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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10:41pm Sun 20 Jun 10

Lord Ikea says...

Fifth time I have been to this show and apart from the Arrows and the Typhoon the show was boring. No Hercules, no Chinook, no C17, no Tristar, no Vulcan etc etc. I have seen the slow decline in this show over the years and it soon will be the same planes doing the same stuff. Other shows around the country during the years have a better selection of Aircraft displaying so why can't Kemble. On positive note, the staff involved in parking especially in the Disabled Area were wonderful.
Fifth time I have been to this show and apart from the Arrows and the Typhoon the show was boring. No Hercules, no Chinook, no C17, no Tristar, no Vulcan etc etc. I have seen the slow decline in this show over the years and it soon will be the same planes doing the same stuff. Other shows around the country during the years have a better selection of Aircraft displaying so why can't Kemble. On positive note, the staff involved in parking especially in the Disabled Area were wonderful. Lord Ikea
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9:00am Mon 21 Jun 10

Bobfm says...

Lord I, record numbers of visitors this year according to the organisers. Perhaps the show is boring because you've been 5 times. Given the closeness of the IAT this event does well.

In years gone by we have had guests who love the way this event is organised.
Lord I, record numbers of visitors this year according to the organisers. Perhaps the show is boring because you've been 5 times. Given the closeness of the IAT this event does well. In years gone by we have had guests who love the way this event is organised. Bobfm
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9:01am Mon 21 Jun 10

Bobfm says...

Lord I, record numbers of visitors this year according to the organisers. Perhaps the show is boring because you've been 5 times. Given the closeness of the IAT this event does well.

In years gone by we have had guests who love the way this event is organised.
Lord I, record numbers of visitors this year according to the organisers. Perhaps the show is boring because you've been 5 times. Given the closeness of the IAT this event does well. In years gone by we have had guests who love the way this event is organised. Bobfm
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9:17am Mon 21 Jun 10

Synergie says...

Dear Lord Ikea (purveyor of overpriced tat), A tad uncharitable if I might say. Over the years, there has been a gradual shift towards classic jets at Kemble, if you remember, this years show was precisely that, 'The Cotswolds Classic Jet Show'. Yes, I did miss the Chinook display, but please remember the British military are currently heavily committed to overseas operations at this time. Perhaps they couldn't spare a heavy lift helicopter for such frivolities. Should I also mention the current economic situation. Classic jets are privately owned, Avgas and Jet fuel have increased in price in line with petrol and diesel used in road vehicles, and those planes use a lot of it in their attempt to entertain you!!.

It may well be your disabilities prevented you from enjoying the huge variety of displays around the airfield, but mobility scooters were available for hire at a modest cost. If, as it appears, you spent the entire day in the disabled area then your view of the show as a whole was rather narrow.

Kemble has always been a uniquely up-close show. Participating aircraft are parked in very close proximity to the viewing public. I have always enjoyed watching the pilots starting their aircraft, waving to the crowd as they depart for their display and then another wave when returning to their parking slot.

Finally, please remember Kemble owners fought long and hard to prevent the complete closure of the airfield not too long ago, we are very lucky indeed to still have these thoroughly enjoyable shows. Long live the Kemble (classic) Air Show!!
Dear Lord Ikea (purveyor of overpriced tat), A tad uncharitable if I might say. Over the years, there has been a gradual shift towards classic jets at Kemble, if you remember, this years show was precisely that, 'The Cotswolds Classic Jet Show'. Yes, I did miss the Chinook display, but please remember the British military are currently heavily committed to overseas operations at this time. Perhaps they couldn't spare a heavy lift helicopter for such frivolities. Should I also mention the current economic situation. Classic jets are privately owned, Avgas and Jet fuel have increased in price in line with petrol and diesel used in road vehicles, and those planes use a lot of it in their attempt to entertain you!!. It may well be your disabilities prevented you from enjoying the huge variety of displays around the airfield, but mobility scooters were available for hire at a modest cost. If, as it appears, you spent the entire day in the disabled area then your view of the show as a whole was rather narrow. Kemble has always been a uniquely up-close show. Participating aircraft are parked in very close proximity to the viewing public. I have always enjoyed watching the pilots starting their aircraft, waving to the crowd as they depart for their display and then another wave when returning to their parking slot. Finally, please remember Kemble owners fought long and hard to prevent the complete closure of the airfield not too long ago, we are very lucky indeed to still have these thoroughly enjoyable shows. Long live the Kemble (classic) Air Show!! Synergie
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9:37am Mon 21 Jun 10

Synergie says...

The Avro Vulcan, XH558 is celebrating it's 50th birthday. Currently having a new port undercarriage leg fitted at RAF Lyneham. Following this, re-certification flights will be carried out followed by a return to her summer shows committments.
The Avro Vulcan, XH558 is celebrating it's 50th birthday. Currently having a new port undercarriage leg fitted at RAF Lyneham. Following this, re-certification flights will be carried out followed by a return to her summer shows committments. Synergie
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10:18am Mon 21 Jun 10

who dat? says...

Lord I - do something different next year then!!

TOTTON CARNIVAL
New Date for TOTTON CARNIVAL 2011..

Totton Carnival will make its return on 25th June 2011
Lord I - do something different next year then!! TOTTON CARNIVAL New Date for TOTTON CARNIVAL 2011.. Totton Carnival will make its return on 25th June 2011 who dat?
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5:12pm Mon 21 Jun 10

Captain T says...

To refer to the first comment, the most obvious thing you have to remember is that Kemble is nowhere near the size of Fairford, so to talk about a lack of large aircraft C17, Herc etc is pointless. Yes, in a flypast that would be nice but the RAF is heavily engaged in Afghanistan at the moment. I'm sure if the Chinook was there, an equal number if people would question why it isn't serving the troops in Afghanistan.

But as a pilot who flys out of Kemble regularly, it was a wonderful show, beautiful weather and just perfect for those who can't face trudging up and down Fairford all day.
To refer to the first comment, the most obvious thing you have to remember is that Kemble is nowhere near the size of Fairford, so to talk about a lack of large aircraft C17, Herc etc is pointless. Yes, in a flypast that would be nice but the RAF is heavily engaged in Afghanistan at the moment. I'm sure if the Chinook was there, an equal number if people would question why it isn't serving the troops in Afghanistan. But as a pilot who flys out of Kemble regularly, it was a wonderful show, beautiful weather and just perfect for those who can't face trudging up and down Fairford all day. Captain T
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7:34pm Mon 21 Jun 10

Lord Ikea says...

I remember the New Zealand Air Force 757 doing a low fast flypast and display, the Royal Air Force Display where there was a Chinook, an Awac overhead, Tornado's flying across bombing everything and a Hercules doing drop off's etc. Now I do believe this was 5 years ago or maybe 6. We have been fighting the Gulf 2 for 9 years, so the excuse for the current war stopping the use of planes is not valid. On the air shows web page it said that the C17 and Hercules would be a static display and the Tristar would be a flying display. It is still there now if you would like to check.

I did get around the display's and the flight line was empty and I did not see any queue's at the food stands so the crowds were less.

Last year was the first of the two day shows and the crowds were huge because of the Vulcan. People in the crowd were watching the Vulcan in the distance rather than the display that was going on in front of them.

Without the Vulcan the Two day show does not work. One of the staff on the car park said to me that Saturday was like a ghost town.
I remember the New Zealand Air Force 757 doing a low fast flypast and display, the Royal Air Force Display where there was a Chinook, an Awac overhead, Tornado's flying across bombing everything and a Hercules doing drop off's etc. Now I do believe this was 5 years ago or maybe 6. We have been fighting the Gulf 2 for 9 years, so the excuse for the current war stopping the use of planes is not valid. On the air shows web page it said that the C17 and Hercules would be a static display and the Tristar would be a flying display. It is still there now if you would like to check. I did get around the display's and the flight line was empty and I did not see any queue's at the food stands so the crowds were less. Last year was the first of the two day shows and the crowds were huge because of the Vulcan. People in the crowd were watching the Vulcan in the distance rather than the display that was going on in front of them. Without the Vulcan the Two day show does not work. One of the staff on the car park said to me that Saturday was like a ghost town. Lord Ikea
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7:38pm Mon 21 Jun 10

Captain T says...

The Herc, Tornado and AWACS display was first in 2007. However those particular aircraft are required elsewhere right now
The Herc, Tornado and AWACS display was first in 2007. However those particular aircraft are required elsewhere right now Captain T
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