usual, this years Cotswold Air Show (previously known as the Kemble
Air Show) was staged over the fathers day weekend. I arrived on
Sunday morning with the weather feeling a bit nippy. As the morning
progressed, so did the sunshine.
was nice to see 3 Williams F1 cars supporting the show on static
display. The show was also supported by the normal inclusion of
a variety of radio controlled models.
show kicked of with a well rehearsed display
by 2 RC aircraft. Both planes were 1/6th scale jets. The second
model was a hawk painted in 100 sqn colours.
model looked stunning and the attention to detail was inspiring.
Once the RC aircraft had departed the runway, the real aircraft
started their displays.
started in the form of the Canberra based at Kemble. Unfortunately
she is restricted to fast taxi runs only, but it was nice to
see a couple of fast runs up and down the huge runway at Kemble.
Atlantique are hoping that next year will see their Canberra
on the display circuit having hopefully found the required engines
up was a very familiar site over the Kemble skies. Kemble is
seen as the red arrows birthplace, being they were stationed
there when they were first formed.
to a rare accident, in which 1 pilot had to eject, the reds
were a little behind schedule. Having drafted in another pilot
to take over,they are now up to full strength. As usual the
display was of very high standards and the reds took full advantage
of the perfect weather.
up was the vampire preservation groups Vampire. This performed
a nice slow dirty pass followed by a series of fast passes.
I personally thought the display was a bit short. The Tucano
followed the Vampire. For this season the Tucano display aircraft
have been painted in camo colours for this
years 70th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain. It opened with
a nice quarter clover manouvre followed by some nice slow passes.
I really enjoyed this display and thought the maximum radius
turns were great. All credit goes to Ft LTN Tom bould. After
this followed the second jet display in the form of 4 Jet Provosts.
On the break the Typhoon snuck in for a fast pass before landing,
while the red Arrows departed for another of there four trips
After the break, it was great to see another classic aircraft
in the shape of a Shorts Skyvan. This was the jump ship for
the renegade parachute display team. This climbed to 6000ft
before releasing the parachutists. It is notable that the renegades
are the only civilian parachute team on the display circuit
at the moment. Brendan O Brian followed the renegades with what
I (and my 6 year old son), thought to be one of the highlights
of the show. Brendan o Brian needs no introduction on the display
circuit. His crazy antics are renowned. For this display he
decided that he would fly his short winged piper cub, not only
like a crazed mad man, but then land on top of a moving trailer!!!
Brendans skills surely know no bounds!! With a difficult crosswind
he did manage to touch down on the trailer but didn’t
quite get locked into the brackets. He is 1 of only 3 pilots
worldwide to be able to do this ‘stunt’.
thought the next section of the show was quite well done. Air
Atlantiques Dragon rapide took off to start its display. This
machine was once owned by Foxes glacier Mints and was used to
ferry executives around.
the tannoy then appeared the sound of an air raid siren and
the airfield came under attack from a lone Messerschmitt ME
108. It took a little too long to get the Hurricanes off the
ground but they were soon on the tail of the ‘hun’.
this went on, there were explosions happening on the airfield.
The sound of gunfire also rang over the tannoy. The Hurricanes
eventually saw off the 108 which was left trailing smoke.A nice
dimension to the show I thought. We need more pyros at air shows!!
hurricanes then proceeded onto their own display, which was
well executed and what I would call ‘flowing’. Next
was another aircraft from the Hawker stable, the Hunter.
one of my own favourite teams displayed at Kemble this year.
Team Viper use strikemasters and are named after the engines
they use in the aircraft. The formation flying by the team was
once again spot on.
Another highlight for me was the appearance of Kennet aviations
Seafire. This performed a ‘graceful display and was a
the weather still lovely more acts such as the black cats, home
team ultimate high and the swift and twister team did they’re
displays. A great display was also done by DC3 Drag em oot.
The display was nearly finished when the Typhoon displayed.
really felt this was a bit lacklustre. For some
reason the display looked a little flat and lacked the normal
‘aggression’ of other typhoon displays.
said once it had finished, all that remained were the Yakovlevs
to end the show. Unfortunately once the typhoon had finished,
there seemed a mass exodus of Kemble airfield and the Yakovlevs
superb mixture of aerobatics, seemed to be falling on an ever
dwindling crowd. Overall this years Cotswold air display was,
I thought great value for money.
There was a nice mix of classic jets that you associate with
Kemble, Modern military, warbird and aerobatic display teams,
plus helicopters and civil aircraft. You could say there was
something for everyone. Roll on Cotswold 2011!!!!
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