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Chocks away for Kemble Air Day!
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On the runway at the Kemble Air Day preview
Last updated: 18 June 2004 1254 BST
lineFor aviation fans Kemble Air Day is an essential diary date, with the show attracting around 20,000 visitors annually. BBC Gloucestershire were lucky enough to be invited along to a special press preview.
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This year's Kemble Air Day celebrates the 40th anniversary of the world-famous Red Arrows display team.

quoteWe've been selected by the MOD as one of only six shows to host the Red Arrows' official anniversary celebrations
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Glen Moreman

"We've 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 Glen Moreman.

But what can visitors expect to see on the day?

"Obviously the Red Arrows and the RAF fast jets - the Jaguar and the Hawk," said Glen.

"You'll 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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(Gallery One - 20 Pictures)

Crowds

You may be surprised to learn that, in terms of outdoor events, air shows rank second only to football as a crowd-puller.

In the UK they attract over 6.5 million attendees a year - more than Rugby League matches.

Pilot

Ex-RAF instructor Brian Cornes will be displaying the Hunter jet on the day. He explained some of the challenges involved.

"With all fast jet aeroplanes it's quite difficult to put a good display together because of the speed.

"It can be 'whoosh there it is, and there it's gone'," he said.

Of course such a daring pursuit requires a steady nerve and a cool hand.

Photo Gallery

(Gallery Two - 24 Pictures)

Exciting

"It’s 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 Brian.

quoteIf you ask the air force, the best temperament for a pilot is a stable extrovert...
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Brian Cornes

"If you ask the air force, the best temperament for a pilot is a stable extrovert - make of that what you will!"

"Obviously you need to be fairly level-headed and think logically in highly stressful situations."

Most people would find piloting a display jet exciting to say the very least, but for Brian it's all relative.

"To 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."

Kemble Air Day
Venue Kemble air field
Date Sunday June 20
Time Gates open 9am
Ticket info

£15 adv, £20 on the day, children under 15 free

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