Since 2000 starting with humble beginnings Neil Porter and his army of volunteers have built up an air and country show that carries on the traditions of the RAF Abingdon air shows of the past.
Catering for both aircraft enthusiasts and families alike Neil has managed to find the near perfect mix of attractions that has made this show become the ”Air show season opener” with many display acts premiering that seasons displays to the public.
The show also raises vital money for charity with Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust receiving a total in 2014 of £11,000 – a total to date of £53,388.70 to the Air Ambulance since 2007, a further £14,000 to Douglas House Respice Centre (2001 – 06), £500 to Lily Gulshat Fund, £500 to Heyford Park community centre, plus a further £1000 from 2014 to the Gabriel Masih fund (has diplegia cerebral palsy and needs a life changing operation) and approx (still being verified) £800+ to localised Air Training Corp units that have over time
One popular aspect of the show is the Pre Show “night shoot” where some of the aircraft taking part in the airshow are flood lit allowing enthusiast to take some unique photos. It was the 2015 addition of the night shoot he ld on 2nd May which was Cliff Ibell Images first visit and certainly won't be my last. With £900 raised for the Air Ambulance a good unhurried time was had by all.
Aircraft taking part in the “night shoot” were:
Auster AOP5 TW536, Auster G-ASTI,
Tony de Bruyn’s immaculate OV-10B Bronco and Shorts SC7 Sky Van G-PIGY,
Plane Sailing’s Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina,
Dom Wilkinson’s Yak 52 G-YAKI, Peter Troy-Davies’s Rotorsport Calidus Autogyro G-ULUL
The Gazelle Squadrons Gazelle HT3 ZB627 and Gazelle HCC4 XZ934
Full set of photos can be found here: http://www.cliffibell.co.uk/p899520876