|RAFA Battle of Britain Airshow - Shoreham Airport, Sussex 3rd September
Review - The Shoreham-by-Sea RAFA Airshow 2005 took place at Shoreham
Airport, West Sussex on the weekend 3 and 4 September, and celebrated the 60th
anniversary of VE and VJ day. The display, now in its 16th year,
continues to go from strength to strength and contains a programme catering for
all interests, from fast jet flybys of the RAF’s new Eurofighter Typhoon to
formations of a microlight and a flock of geese!
B-17G Sally-B has a long association with Shoreham and it
was good to see the Fortress displaying despite the problems with EU insurance
regulations. Other warbird highlights included an impressive display of
Spitfire power in the shape of Historic Flying Ltd’s MK.XVIII SM845 G-BUOS, and
MK.XIV RN201 G-BSKP flown by Rod Dean, in company with Spitfire Ltd’s MK.XVIe
TD248 flown by Pete Kynsey.
The Royal Naval Historic Flight also put on an impressive
display with their Hawker stable of Sea Hawk and Sea Fury while Peter
Teichmann’s P-51D Mustang ‘Jumpin Jacques’ and Spitfire PR.XI from the Hanger 11
collection at North Weald also starred.
Highlight of the static show was the Shoreham Airport
Historical Association’s 1910 Piffard Humming Bird Replica, which was on public
display for the first time with the structure completely assembled. Member Tim
Hogben has been building the replica for four years and the next major step is
to add the fabric covering and make a reproduction of the machine’s 40hp ENV 8
cylinder engine, no small task! The original Humming Bird was built by Harold
Piffard in 1910 and made the first powered flight from Shoreham in September of
that year. Once the replica is complete it is planned to go on display in the
Shoreham Airport Archive and Visitor Centre acting as an educational resource
and an attraction in its own right.
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