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Scampton Airshow report


by Ian Homer. Posted to category: General

from our Events Team

9th & 10th September

Our Events Team reports:

For what was going to be our final show of the year the Events Team were at RAF Scampton for the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust 2017 Airshow. The last time RAF Scampton held an Airshow was 1991 and there was a Vulcan present that day - none other than XH558. The big difference being it was held in July and under blue skies.

The weather forecast had been changing frequently in the days before and it was therefore a relief that set-up was completed in relatively dry conditions - albeit with the odd interruption.

I don’t think many of the Team have been quite that close to a Typhoon and F-16’s moving under their own power.

That said we completed set-up in a remarkably quick time.

And so to the show days themselves. Weather wise, the best description would be ‘changeable’! We had sunshine, some; we had rain, heavy; we had wind, gusts of 30-40 mph. The clear fronts to the unit proved their worth and at no previous event have they been up-and-down so often.

The team unflinchingly got wet, while ensuring our customers and supporters stayed dry. It made for an entertaining weekend. Lots of our friends came to visit and once again, we can say the comments and conversations were positive and constructive. That has been the same throughout the year and it really makes a difference to those volunteers who have given their time freely to help at events like this - raising funds for the Trust and its objectives.

With the flying displays scheduled for 5 hours each day, it was down to the weather to play a crucial role, and it certainly did that. All was well until The Red Arrows suffered a double blow.

On Saturday, at what is their home base, one Hawk went ‘tech’ and the weather dealt a cruel hand with only the Gippo four managing to display. Sunday once again saw a Hawk go tech, so it was an 8 ship display.

That said, we did get a close up of a Hawk as it was towed back to its hanger.

With flypasts from USAF Heavy Lift, a KC135 Tanker, and ISTAR, it was left to the Belgian F-16, French Alpha Jet, and the RAF Typhoon to provide the modern fast-jet activity, with Strikemaster, Sally B, Catalina, Vampires, Bronco and the Oil Spill 727 from Doncaster adding to the action.

And so on Sunday, with flying displays completed by 16.00 hours, it was soon time to pack-up the unit and bid our farewells to Scampton; the Airshow circuit and the friends who have worked so hard over the last few months. Thanks go to everyone that has supported us over the year and to all who braved the elements, early mornings and late nights - to help secure the future of XH558 and WK163.

 

……………….. until next year.

 

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Stratford Central Stores Open Days

We have been asked if there are going to be further Open Days at Stratford.

The answer is yes.

We need to regroup after the Airshow season and also delve deeper into the stock. The intention is for three events before Christmas, one each month to December. We are conscious that we need to increase the variety of items on offer, so anticipate that the first date will be in the second half of October. Watch for announcements of the date in forthcoming newsletters.

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