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Weekly Edition - Published  15 September 2016

 

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Southport Air Show 2016 Extravaganza

BETWEEN the 2 World Wars, during the 20th Century, air shows became extremely popular, and on occasions very daring. Now in the 21st Century, we might not have space craft flying in formation, but who needs them when you have the Euro Fighter's deafening roar... The Southport Air Show is a fantastic continuation to those earlier intrepid airmen’s displays from the early days of aviation shows. The Southport Air Show now offers aviation enthusiast 1 of the UK’s best air displays, thanks to a stunning assortment of aircraft.

Sadly this year, someone did not pass the note on to the weatherman that it was the events 25th Anniversary and that it was to host the 1st night flight display. The result was Friday night’s much anticipated night flight had to be cancelled, but the rest of the event still went ahead. Annoyingly bad weather over Friday night meant the light aircraft could not land as planned throughout the show. The only aircraft to land and take off over the weekend, on the beach, where the Red Arrow's Squirrel, Eurocopter and the Tigers Free Fall Team's Bell Jetranger. That small issue was quickly made up for by the brilliant aerobatics taking place in the sky above, on both the Saturday and the Sunday. That is not forgetting to mention the many other attractions on offer, on the ground. These attractions incorporated what could have been the most popular highlight for many visitors, of all ages, a chance to drive a mini-tank on the beach!

For aviation fans, highlights included watching both the P-40M Kittyhawk and the Royal Navy Historic Flight's Fairy Swordfish fly, parachute jumps by the Tigers, the Blades, along with watching a local stunt pilot, Peter Davies, in his autogyro, a RotorSport Calidus, designed and produced by AutoGyro GmbH of Hildesheim. We have to say that all the pilots, including the local model aircraft pilots kept many of the spectators spellbound.

In short… The crowds appeared to have been enthralled by the commentators and of course by the parachutists along with the very well planned aerial performances made by both the military and civilian pilots.

An inordinate amount of planning and practice has to be done behind the scenes each year to deliver this amazing show, so we would like to say a big well done to all who took part.  All of you who where involved with the running of this event are a credit to the area. We just hope our photographic coverage pays justice to what was a fantastic event.

Click on HERE to see our full photographic coverage from this event.

Tickets for the 2017 event will go on sale early next year and what is planned will make it the most exciting and amazing aviation event in the North West for 2017!

 

 

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