Abingdon Air & Country Show takes off

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> The 10th Abingdon Air & Country Show on May 3rd(at Abingdon
> airfield,Dalton Barracks,Abingon) is now shaping up quite nicely and the
> latest news is as detailed below:_
> Update:
> RAF Tutor F/S
> RAF Hawk F/S
> RAF Chinook F/S
> T28 Fennec F/S
> Vampire F (Static tbc)
> Dukes of Cassutt team F/S
> Yak52 F/S
> P51 Mustang F/S (replaces Hurribomber after its incident)
> RAF Tucano (F/S - not 100% at the moment due to the display practice
> incident last week - could end up being a Static only).
> Army Tigers Parachute Team
> DC3 Dakota F/S
> Pembroke F/S
> + 1 other tbc
> Static / Fly In visitors include:
> RAF Merlin tbc
> US Army Blackhawk (SHAPE)
> Chipmunks
> Bulldogs
> Alpi Pioneer
> Saro Skeeter
> C172s
> Jet Provost T3
> Robinson R44
> Harvard
> Broussard
> RAF Grob Vigilant (based 612VGS)
> Austers
> Tiger Moth
> & approx another 60 other types...!
> Ground displays include Daleks, Dr Who Tardis, Farmers Market, Mobile
> Farm, Assorted amusements, Army Ground displays (from adjacent barracks),
> Arena Displays, Vintage Vehicles, Tank Rides,Fiona Harrison 1940s live
> music & a whole lot more...
> AACS is an all-volunteer organised event and NOT to be confused with
> another event at the samne location which was weather-cancelled two years
> ago....we are NOT in any way what-so-ever connected to that event and we
> have NEVER(yet) had to cancel our event,which is held in support of the
> Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance CHARITY
> Advance tickets for our event are now available at the following
> rates;-
> ADULT £8
> CHILD(5-15yrs) £4
> Senior Citizens £4
> FAMILY(2x Adult,2x Child) £22
> Advance tickets are available from the following outlets;-
> Clothes 4 Work,Broadway,Didcot
> Abingdon Info Point,Old Abbey Buildings,Abingdon
> Warehouse store,Coxeter's yd,Stratton Way,Abingdon
> Wallingford Info Centre,Market Place,Wallingford
> ...& of course on-line form our own web-site
> www.abingdonfayre.com
> Tickets will be available on the gate,on the day at the following
> rates;-
> ADULT £10
> CHILD(5-15yrs) £5
> Senior Citizen £5
> SORRY...Family tickets will ONLY be available in advance
> Under-5s have FREE admission and car-parking is also FREE(there will
> also be a dedicated disabled car-parking facility at no extra cost)
> Gates open at 10 o'clock,so come along and enjoy a day with us at
> this Family Orientated,Community event and help us to keep the Air
> Ambulance flying
> cheers
> Colin

Abingdon Air & Country Show takes off

Final preparations are being made for this year’s Abingdon Air & Country Show at Abingdon Airfield / Dalton Barracks on Sunday May 3rd.

This volunteer-run show, held in aid of the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance, is now in its 10th successive year and following on from previous events will be presenting a great family day out combining a 3-hour air display alongside a range of ground attractions.

The Show will be opened by the Mayor of Abingdon,Mr Patrick Lonergan promptly at 10am with the show ending around 5.00pm

The Air Display program will feature for the first time a display by “The Tigers” – the Princess of Wales’s Regiment Parachute Display Team, which will be dropping into the show performing a spectacular freefall parachute display.

Other air displays by past and present aircraft will include the RAF Tutor and Hawk, aswell as the distinctive Chinook helicopter which will be defying the laws of physics with an astounding performance of agility.
Nostalgia will be provided by a C-47 Dakota transport that served on D-Day, a P-51 Mustang, P-40 Kittyhawk, Pembroke,T28 Fennec, Vampire jet and air racing by the Dukes of the Cassutt display team. These aircraft can also be viewed on the ground.

Weather depending, it is hoped for around 70 light aviation, Classic and Vintage types to Fly In during the day for static viewing, aswell as a modern day RAF Merlin helicopter from nearby RAF Benson, and an overseas guest with the return of a United States Army UH60 Blackhawk helicopter which will be arriving earlier in the weekend.
But possibly dominating the show as one of the star attractions will undoubtedly be the RAF’s largest transport aircraft, the Lockheed Martin C17 Globemaster III, based at nearby RAF Brize Norton. At the time of going to the press, it is very much hoped for, subject to operational commitments and other nessecary ground support, but if it does materialize it will be another major coup for the organiser Neil Porter and his team and a fitting salute in its tenth year from the RAF, of course the previous occupiers of the airfield.

Further nostalgia will be created on the ground with displays of ex-military vehicles, memorabilia from WW2, 1940s kitchen and live period music performed by Fiona Harrison. Author Richard Holdsworth will be signing copies of his book “Six Spoons of Sugar”, his moving account of being an evacuee during the Second World War. Richard previously worked for the Murdoch series of national newspapers.

A range of other attractions will include pleasure flights, family amusements, historic vehicles, trade stands, a craft marquee, farmers’ market stalls, mobile farm, Doctor Who Tardis and the popular Daleks which will be roaming around the showsite, a Williams Formula 1 show car, tank rides, arena displays comprising an Oxfordshire Fire Service demonstration of a simulated road traffic accident extraction procedures and a Heart Radio interactive studio.

Tickets are on sale from the show’s website www.abingdonfayre.com and from the following outlets:

Abingdon Information Office, Abingdon Town Council offices;
Old Abbey House (opposite Guildhall);
The Warehouse, Coxeters’ Yard, Abingdon
Clothes 4 Work, 138 The Broadway, Didcot
Wallingford Information Office
Nationwide Building Society branches in Abingdon, Bicester, Didcot, Oxford, Wallingford and Wantage.

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