THIS year’s RAFA Shoreham Airshow will be one of celebrations.
The 70th anniversary of the Dam Busters Raid by 617 Squadron will see the return of the Lancaster and other aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Plus, the 70th anniversary of the US Mighty 8th will see a display from US aircraft led by Sally B, the B17 flying in formation with fighters from that era.
Not to be outdone, the Royal Air Forces Association will also be celebrating its 70th anniversary, supported by Shoreham branch members.
Organisers of the show, being held on August 31 and September 1, have announced some exciting changes for this year’s event.
The show, now in its 24th year, has raised more than 1.8 million pounds to date for RAFA funds, which go towards supporting ex and current members of the RAF family.
Organiser Derek Harber said: “With our new flying display director, Rod Dean, there promises to be some changes to displays for this year. Rod, who has organised the flying at Farnborough and was a top display pilot himself, has a wealth of experience. He is highly respected by other pilots and has contacts within the aviation industry that will benefit Shoreham for many years to come.”
It has been announced the Typhoon Eurofighter will be displaying both days, along with other aircraft from the RAF and Royal Navy, as well as The Falcons Parachute Team.
Other confirmed aircraft are The Skyraider, F86A Sabre, C47, and the return of the popular World War One team with eight aircraft.
Shoreham, of course, would not be the same without the Airfield Attack and Scramble involving Spitfires, Hurricanes and Messerschmitts.
“Before you ask – if the Vulcan is flying, we will do our utmost to book it for Shoreham,” said Derek.
Rod added: “It is early days and as this goes to press, more display aircraft are being booked. Children are important, both to the airshow and, of course, to the future of the armed forces, so we plan to make sure ground attractions are updated to include more interesting activities for them.”
The tickets hotline will open soon on 01903 282382 and 01903 714135, or visit www.shorehamairshow.co.uk