Southport Air Show 2017
Photographs by Patrick Trollope
FRIDAY night at the Southport Air
might ran over 15 September 2017 to 17 September 2017 and what a fantastic event
After the national media announced that the
Prime Minister had increased the UK's threat level, Merseyside Police sent Armed
Officers to the event, as well as to others, like the Liverpool Food and Drink
Festival. This surprisingly worked well for the event as the Officers who
attended also became an attraction allowing the public to talk to them and learn
more about their role.
A young family commented to our Editor:- "We have been at this event
many times over the years, but this was the 1st time we have ever seen Armed
Police at the show! Seeing this highly visible show of force have given us
reassurance and we are pleased to see it. We would not like to see it day to
day, but with the threats of terrorism this year, it's good to know they are near
us, should anything happen at a high profile event like this. I know they are
rare events, but with a young family, I'm always aware." Another member of
the public commented:- "It's good to see them attending and keeping us all
safe. I have spoken to them and they have been fantastic with me and the kids.
If anything they are an added attraction to the show."
Moving on to the Air Show itself, what a fantastic start on Friday night... It
might have been a bit slow at 1st, but this unique air display has lots of
potential. For many, O'Brien's Flying Circus' OTTO The Helicopter was arguably
the most interesting. The Scheizer 300C helicopter has been around for almost 50
years and has proven to be an extremely versatile helicopter, but you would not
think of 1 being used to perform a pyrotechnic display! "The helicopter
was amazing! It had rockets blasting all over it and smoke... It was amazing..."
a young child said to us after the show, as we got a coffee and lessened to the
reactions of those who attended. His Mother added that she loved the Typhoon as
did his Dad. Another child also said she loved the "strange planes with
glowing wings" referring to the Fire Flies Aerobatic Display Team's
Saturday and Sunday were also fantastic, but 3 aircraft stood out the most
for the day time displays, the RAF Typhoon Display Team's Euro
Fighter, Battle of Britain Memorial
Flight's Lancaster and the amazing USA Air Force's
B-17, aka 'Flying Fortress.'
Personal favourite of our Editor had to be the Bell
Huey, with its amazing thud, thud, thud
sound, but it would have been amazing if they had some pyrotechnics to go with
it. (a small hint for in 2018...)
This year also had the return of the pyro's on the beach for the day time
displays. This also was well received by many of those attending, even though it
did at times make some of the stall holder jump.
We cannot wait to see what happens in 2018 when the event moves back to a
warmer month, to be held over 6 July to 8 July 2018. Make a note as this will be
a show not to be missed!
Did you enjoy this year's show? Please email your thought and views
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We will be adding a few more pics to the next week's
issue, so keep an eye on it!