My final trip to the seaside was Folkestone for a very small sequence of air displays commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. I only found out about the event about a week prior and upon arrival there was no stalls, programmes or even commentary which seems a bit odd for a public airshow. The show also had a lot of gaps between each display and unfortunately the Royal Air Force Falcons Parachute Display Team had to cancel their appearance due to the strong winds despite the very sunny conditions throughout the day.
First up was a graceful performance by the Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk. X from the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar which has now been painted to represent an aircraft from No. 32 Squadron based at Biggin Hill which was flown by Flight Lieutenant Peter Brothers.
The Royal Air Force’s frontline fighter, the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 flew in for its display which featured plenty of dynamic manoeuvres and noise. We were fortunate enough to have the camouflage Typhoon perform which was specially painted for this special anniversary.
A very different aircraft arrived next in the form of the North American B-25J Mitchell “Sarinah” from the Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight which put a stunning display of this American bomber’s capabilities.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight were also featured in this event and they provided their Supermarine Spitfire LF. IXE which went onto fly a very spirited solo display.
Training within the Royal Air Force was represented by a single flypast by the current basic trainer, the Grob G-115E Tutor T.1 which flew remarkably low across the beach.
This commemorative show was closed by a pair of impressive solo displays by two Supermarine Spitfires starting with Aero Legends’ HF. IXE which was followed by Peter Teichman’s PR. XI from his Hangar 11 collection.
This very small event was quite entertaining despite the frequent gaps and lack of commentary. Perhaps the organizers would like to promote an event such as this properly next time in order to attract more people to the area rather than the incredibly small audience I found myself among. All the displays were very good with the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 and the visiting North American B-25J Mitchell “Sarinah” being the highlights of the day. I hope Folkestone will have an airshow in 2016 as well need more local airshows around Kent which I will gladly support.
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