Kemble Press Day 2007
The 11th Kemble Air Day – June 17 2007
Explore Gloucestershire were invited along to a taster day of some of the events planned for Kemble Air day on 17 June – Fathers Day.
Wow! I think we'll be in for a treat.
The airport is set in a beautiful area of Gloucestershire with easy access to Cirencester, Gloucester and Swindon. Access on the day will be via the main gate only.
Our morning began with coffee at AV8 Restaurant and the spectacle was viewed from their vast decked area - the perfect place for lunch and plane spotting on a warm day.
We were treated to a display by ex Red Arrows pilot, Andy Cubin flying a Hunter. It proved to be a sleek, graceful display of aerobatics by a talented and experienced pilot (now chief pilot at Delta Jet).
Next up were the Blue Eagles helicopter display team. It will be their first time at Kemble and they performed in perfect formation together - the result of many years of flying practice. The team consists of four Gazelles (used more for recon work) and one Lynx, a fully aerobatic aircraft capable of performing amazing backflips. It was an awe inspiring performance. We can quite honestly say that we’ve never seen a helicopter fly backwards or upside down. Barry Jones, the team leader and his crew finished with a perfectly synchronised landing.
Hunter jet starts the day
The Lynx effect
A Lynx takes off
Gazelle & Lynx
The Blue Eagles..
Gazelle gets smokey
Fly by Hercules
Lunch at AV8
A Red Arrow
Other colourful aircraft
The Grob Tutor display seemed much more sedate and definitely quieter, but again entertained us with a perfect display of aerobatics.
very brave Ella Dible donned an RAF collection bikini to go wing
walking and did a fly by for us - quite a hit with the gents on the
day! - and particularly as it was her first time - congratulations Ella
- we didn’t hear you scream once. Following the event she did say that
she was very glad that she had done it and promptly phoned her mother
to let her know she was OK.
(www.therafcollection.com - proceeds to the RAF Museum)
To finish we had fly-bys from two Hercules aircraft - RAF transport aircraft and Puma and Merlin tactical helicopters.
Kemble Air Day is by far the biggest and most prestigious
event to be held on the airfield each year. Now regarded as one of the
top shows in the country it includes exciting air displays from vintage
jets, world war two aircraft, modern military jets, helicopters and the
world famous Royal Air Force aerobatic team, the Red Arrows.
the ground will be static aircraft, military and vintage vehicles,
exhibitions, trade stands, crafts and the children will delight in the
The theme for this year's Kemble Air Day will be the "Centenary of Frank Whittle" and "70 years of British Jet Aviation" which
will celebrate Frank Whittle's genius of inventing and developing the
jet engine. These are both very fitting themes as Gloucestershire is
often referred to as the birthplace of the jet engine. Kemble Air Day
will tell the story of the British jet engine from the Gloster Meteor
right through to the state of the art modern jet fighters of today's
potent Royal Air Force.
Kemble Air Show promises to be a great day out for all the family and perfect for Fathers Day or the men in your life - so we will see you there!
For more information and tickets www.kembleairday.com
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