Abingdon Air Show is back with stunts and flight displays


A popular air show that has stopped announcing flight displays due to funding problems will host a show full of aerobatics this year.

The annual Airshow and Country Show in Abingdon is gone again after one year due to Covid cancellations.

This year one of the stars is the solo display of the Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon, deployed by 29 Squadron, RAF Coningsby.

Flight Lieutenant James Sainty will deliver a noisy, agile aerobatics show at Typhoon, one of many old and new aircraft types on the planned three-hour afternoon flight program.

The air show was founded by Neil Porter in 2000 and has raised thousands of pounds for good causes across the county over the years. However, the show costs a lot of money.

In 2018 the show cost £ 80,000, including £ 27,000 for the air shows and fuel.

Other costs include liability insurance – £ 25m coverage – which is £ 10,250, and the Defense Infrastructure Organization’s aerodrome license which is £ 11,300.

In 2019, Airshow and Country Show organizer Neil Porter said, “Next year there will be changes to the show due to funding. There will be no flight demonstrations, but … there will still be a lot of action. ”

However, this year the organizer changed his mind and decided to extend the funding.

Oxford Mail:

Mr Porter said, “Over the course of the year because of Covid, I thought again about the show as a whole and decided not to change the very popular show format as we can keep future shows going as long as we can fund them I’m the way gone to change the show to not include flight displays but returned to them a year or two later. It is time consuming to relearn certain skills to stay up to date with all of the rules.

“That’s why I’m really looking forward to picking up where I left off at the last show in 2019 with a full flight program and various ground attractions.”

In 2017, a Twister Aerobatics plane crashed, injuring the pilot who was expected to make a full recovery.

The Twister plane crashed on a wheeled landing and a line of ambulances and two firefighters quickly arrived at the scene.

The aircraft remained intact despite the severe impact and the pilot was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital after a paramedic check.

The show will take place on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Abingdon Airfield, Dalton Barracks.

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