|Redhill Airshow '60 years on' - Surrey, August 14th 2005
Review - The Redhill airshow and fly-in, held August 14, celebrated
the 60th anniversary of VE and VJ days, supporting several armed forces
charities in the process. A number of World War Two veterans attended the show
enticed by the 1,000 free tickets that were available for them as part of the
´60 years on´ theme and an excellent day out was had by all, at what is an
intimate and garden party style display.
Redhill’s all grass runways lie in the lee of Gatwick
airport’s controlled airspace but this did not prevent a typically thunderous
display from an RAF 56 (Reserve) Squadron Tornado F.3. Other serving military
participation included the RAF Red Devils parachute display team who opened the
show in a novel way jumping from the back of a Chinook heavy lift helicopter.
Warbird participation included a tight pairs formation
routine from the Old Flying Machine Company’s Spitfire LF.IXb MH434 and P-51D
Mustang ´Ferocious Frankie´, while Plane Sailing’s PBY-5A Catalina glinted
resplendently against a rare opening of blue sky. The Royal Navy Historic
Flight’s Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 VR930 also managed to display in the sun while
Rob Davies closed the show in his P-51D ´Big Beautiful Doll.´
Undoubted star of the static display was the public debut
of The Huey Team’s Vietnam veteran Bell UH-1H Iroquois G-UHIH recently restored
in the USA and reassembled and test flown at Redhill. The
distinctive ‘whop-whop’ noise of the Huey’s twin rotor blades turned many heads
as it hover taxied into position.
also able to tour the many hangers, highlights including a rare glimpse of
progress on Short Scion II G-AEZF which is being rebuilt to static display
condition despite the absence of any surviving original manufacturer’s drawings.
airshow photographs from 2005