year's Kemble Air Day celebrates the 40th anniversary of the world-famous
Red Arrows display team.
We've been selected by the MOD as
of only six shows to host the Red Arrows' official anniversary
been selected by the MOD as one of only six shows to host the Red
Arrows' official celebrations, so we're really chuffed, especially
as they were based here for nearly 20 years, " said event organiser
what can visitors expect to see on the day?
the Red Arrows and the RAF fast jets - the Jaguar and the Hawk,"
also be able to see the Tornado and the Harrier, and lots of other
planes in both static and flying displays."
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may be surprised to learn that, in terms of outdoor events, air
shows rank second only to football as a crowd-puller.
the UK they attract over 6.5 million attendees a year - more than
Rugby League matches.
instructor Brian Cornes will be displaying the Hunter jet on the
day. He explained some of the challenges involved.
all fast jet aeroplanes it's quite difficult to put a good display
together because of the speed.
can be 'whoosh there it is, and there it's gone',"
course such a daring pursuit requires a steady nerve and a cool
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still exciting for me, having done it many times, but you haven't
got time to be scared by it - you're in control and thinking about
what you're doing, and safety of course is paramount," said
you ask the air force, the best temperament for a pilot is a
you ask the air force, the best temperament for a pilot is a stable
extrovert - make of that what you will!"
you need to be fairly level-headed and think logically in highly
people would find piloting a display jet exciting to say the very
least, but for Brian it's all relative.
be honest, in display flying you're not working as hard as if, say,
you were flying an attack jet at low level over enemy territory,
so there's always something in reserve."
adv, £20 on the day, children under 15 free
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