Biggin Hill Airshow

Biggin Hill

Westerham, Kent

26-28th June 2009


We have just returned from Biggin Hill Air Show rally.  We stayed in Churchill C of E Primary School, Westerham which was a delightful primary school and the children on the rally had fun playing on the swings etc.

Dennis and Marion spent a lot of time getting locally discounted tickets for the benefit of our members. They also told the older members to bring their bus pass.  Marion found a short cut to the bus stop so we put our deck chairs down and waited for the bus.  We had a a long walk when we arrived to find a good spot. 

The air show started with Carolyn Grace flying her Supermaiine Spitfire, Carolyn is the only woman Spitfire pilot in the world. I bought her book at Duxford Airshow and she was signing copies.  They said that she was just going airside but I did manage to tell her how much I admired her so she quickly signed my book.

We saw a lot of helicopters and planes starting with the early days of fight to the modern generation including the Vulcan.  Everyone cheered clapped and waived when the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight went over.  They even had the Air Raid Siren going and and gun fire. The Red Arrows gave a spectacular display. It was getting hotter and hotter and in the end I had to put my umbrella up for a while. 

We then had the long walk back to the bus stop and  we went behind six piston engine plans who were warming up in a row the draft was rather pleasant. At the bus stop our deck chairs came in useful again.

On Sunday it was still very hot so I sat under the trees and I could hear something big coming over, right above my head came a large Virgin 4 engine passenger jet being escorted by the Red Arrows in a close V formation.  I shouted to Martin look and he just managed to get his camera while others missed the opportunity.

It was a lovely rally and one that we will remember.  A special thank you to our hard working Marshals Dennis and Marion Tomlin and Pete and Pat Vowles.

Barbara Roberts  

Pics courtesy Martin Roberts
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