Cotswold Air Show 2011

“Brilliant”, “couldn’t have done it without it”. Just two of the comments from returning customers at the Cotswold Air Show held at Kemble Airfield last week end.

The weather was not at its best on Saturday with frequent, squally rain showers but even the fact that the low cloud base, curtailed some of the displays, did not deter the watching crowds from enjoying the flying, including the mighty Vulcan.

The weather was better on the Sunday, still breezy but no rain and the Red Arrows were the highlight of the day. By the end of the day the clouds had virtually disappeared and the final event of a flypast of nine Hawker Hunters was against a blue back drop.

The Hunter played a major part in the weekends flying as it was the 60th anniversary of its introduction to service with the R.A.F. and apparently all the Hunters went through Kemble for final preparation before going into active service with other squadrons.

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I would like to mention “fly2help” a charity, based at the airfield that helps the disadvantaged to leave their problems behind for a day of “air smiles”  – Please check out their web site: and look out for Douglas Bear! They ran some amazing raffles on the weekend.

In recent weeks I have spent time amongst motor bikes, canal boats, and now aircraft of all shapes and sizes, In the near future it will be prize livestock, more planes and then an old folkie or two – what a varied interesting time it is with Fair Mobility.

Many thanks to the organisers and staff at the show who made me welcome and kept the generator going! Hope to see you again next year.


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