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Throckmorton Airshow 2011

Words and photography by Stuart Freer, additional images Mike Freer.

Help for Heroes is a british charity created to help provide better facilities for British serviceman & woman wounded since September 11th 2001. The Help for Heroes airshow is in it's fourth year, all proceeds from the show go to a number of charities. This is the third year the show has taken place at Throckmorton Airfield (formally RRE Pershore) in Worcestershire.

The show is not just an airshow, there were a series of land vehicles used by the military on display, including a Warrior, Jackel, Bulldog, Mastiff and Scimitar.

As for the flying display, the orginisers  put on a very varied flying display ranging from Word War I biplanes to the highlight of the show the Tornado GR4 role demo from XV Squadron based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland. The plan was a single flypast from the two swing-wing aircraft, seeing as the orginisers don't pay for displays, but this was not the case with the pilots performing the full demo to the 20,000 strong crowd.

For the first time the show had an international feel with two Belgium Air Force Augusta A109's from 17 Squadron based at Beauvechain AB. The pilot also performed its full display showing the true agility of the helicopter.

The four hour flying display included a single flypast from an RAF Chinook HC.3 on its way to the show at RAF Cosford which was being held the following day. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire Mk Vb AB910 managed to dodge the thunderstorms around the surrounding areas to perform a couple of passes. Kennet Aviation's Seafire F Mk Xvii SX336/G-KASX also displayed before making its way to Cosford

There were a number of interesting static items ranging from a former Swiss AF Alouette II, to the only flying MH1521 Broussard in the United Kingdom beautifully restored in the markings of GSRA78 French Army while flying out of Tindouf in Algeria.

Organiser Angus Nairn, a traffic policeman, said he had hoped the event would raise £50,000 for various charities, including Help for Heroes, the RAF Benevolent Fund, the Royal British Legion, Soldiers Sailors Airman and Families Association (SSAFA) and Acorns Children’s Hospice. He said he was confident the total would surpass last years figure of £40,000.

A-109 Hirundo - H21 - Wing Heli - Belgian Defence - Air Component
Tornado GR4 - ZA544/037 - 15 (Reserve) Squadron - Royal Air Force   A-109 Hirundo - H21 - Wing Heli - Belgian Defence - Air Component   MH1521 Broussard - G-YYYY - civil   A-109 Hirundo - H21 - Wing Heli - Belgian Defence - Air Component
Griffin HT1 - ZJ238/Y - Defence Helicopter Flying School - Royal Air Force   A-109 Hirundo - H24 - Wing Heli - Belgian Defence - Air Component   Alouette II - G-BVSD/V-54 - civil   A-109 Hirundo - H21 - Wing Heli - Belgian Defence - Air Component
A-109 Hirundo - H21 - Wing Heli - Belgian Defence - Air Component
Touchdown Conclusion

In conclusion this was a very enjoyable airshow and the money generated from the event will greatly help the charities mentioned above.

A special mention to organiser Angus Nairn who puts in so much hard work behind the scenes. Lets hope the event goes from strength to strength.

Touchdown Rating - 5 out of 5
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