The RAF operates the largest fleet of Chinook Support Helicopters after the US Army, with approximately 40 aircraft split between the UK and Afghanistan. The Chinook Wing forms the heavy-lift element of the Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) and is based at RAF Odiham in Hampshire. Odiham supports three operational squadrons, No 7 Squadron, No 18 […]
Welcome to Shoreham Airshow
22nd-23rd August 2015
Brighton City (Shoreham) Airport, West Sussex
When the sun shines, there are few nicer venues at which to spend time, and clearly a record crowd agreed. Long may Shoreham, a jewel in the British display scene’s crown, continue to prosper. – Wings of History
As a warbird show, Shoreham is now second only to Duxford’s events on the British scene – no small achievement – yet it aims to present them differently. A ‘must-visit’ for anyone who enjoys the best in traditional airshow entertainment – AIRSHOW 2015 – Flypast Magazine
The show is held to support the work of the Royal Air Forces Association which provides welfare and comradeship to all members of the Royal Air Force and Royal Air Force Regiment. Since the shows inception, the event has raised over £1.8million for RAFA.
Shoreham is the oldest licensed airfield in the UK and has a beautiful Grade II* listed Art-Deco style Terminal Building.
The afternoon flying display will feature strong support from the armed forces as well as exciting aerobatic and emotive historic aircraft displays. On the ground there will be extensive static displays, arena displays, classic cars and trade stalls.
2015 Theme – The 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain
In the summer and autumn of 1940, a battle for national survival was waged in the skies over Britain. Not only would this struggle, the first to be fought primarily in the air, decide the fate of the United Kingdom, but on it also rested the freedom of Europe and the outcome of the Second World War.
By the end of June 1940, the United Kingdom stood alone and the German leader, Adolf Hitler, turned his attention into forcing the UK Government into surrender through blockade, bombing or, as a last resort, invasion. To achieve this end, Hitler knew that the Germans would need superiority in the air.
Britain’s air defence rested principally on the Royal Air Force. While Bomber Command and Coastal Command would both make a significant contribution to the Battle by attacking the German invasion preparations and airfields across the Channel, and the Army’s anti-aircraft guns would inflict losses on any raiders, only the pilots of Fighter Command, under Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, could meet the Luftwaffe head on. Nearly 3,000 aircrew would serve with Fighter Command in the course of the Battle, of whom nearly 600 (around 20%) were from the British Dominions, and occupied European or neutral countries.
Our flying display will pay tribute to all airmen of the Battle of Britain with an array of aircraft types that participated in the Battle as well as re-enactors on the ground.