Published On: Thu, Sep 6th, 2012

Sky-high antics raise thousands for charity

THOUSANDS of visitors turned out to watch as fearless pilots demonstrated their skills and aerobatics in the sky over Sywell.

Organisers estimate around 9,000 people turned out for the biannual Air Show at Sywell’s Aerodrome, an event which supports Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

The high-profile stars of the show were the Red Arrows who performed breathtaking manoeuvres in the skies above.

Also among those displaying at the event on August 19 were Sywell’s own Blades flying team, which opened the show, the Trig Aerobatic Team, a selection of WWI planes and the Breitling Wingwalkers, who entertained the crowds with a performance from high above on the wings of the planes.

Organisers said they do not yet know how much the show has raised for the charity but are confident they have beaten the record £31,744 the show raised two years ago.

Ben Brown, one of the volunteer organisers and secretary of Sywell Aviation Museum, said: “We are very pleased; delighted. This one is going to be a new record. We just don’t know how much at this stage.

“We’d like to give a big thank-you to all the volunteers and to the people for coming and supporting it – it’s win-win – everyone has a great day out and in doing so, are supporting the air ambulance.”

Sywell Aviation Museum, which was loaned the only surviving Hawker Hester F2 from the Imperial War Museum to display, is open at weekends from 10.30am to 4.30pm until the end of this month.

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