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  • Trolly Aux
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • May 2006
    • 3801

    North Weald Fighter Meet 1990, this is how airshows used to be

    Today is not yesterday and tomorrow will not be today but this is how it used to be.
    Nearly 30 years ago and it feels like just a few years



    SMOKE SMOKE GO!
    TA out
  • Bunsen Honeydew
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Mar 2011
    • 501

    #2
    Shows then were more interesting but I wish you hadn't reminded me it was thirty years ago. Also have good memories of the Great Warbirds show at West Malling and the Biggin Hill Air Fairs

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    • trumper
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Aug 2003
      • 6722

      #3
      Wonderful but think that today there are more aircraft at a display just maybe not the different types.

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      • Rocketeer
        trying harder
        • Jan 2005
        • 5243

        #4
        Lovely thx for sharing
        Tony Dyer
        https://www.facebook.com/TheAirDefen...homepage_panel

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        • SE5AFAN
          Essex boy
          • Jan 2000
          • 566

          #5
          Thanks for sharing. I have quite a bit of the Fighter Meets on VHS. Must get them converted to digital.
          Sitting on a cornflake, waiting for the van to come.

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          • Trolly Aux
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • May 2006
            • 3801

            #6
            yes get them up SE5 we need these old airshow films
            SMOKE SMOKE GO!
            TA out

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            • ChrisD
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Jul 2013
              • 65

              #7
              Thanks all. You've just made me feel very old! I remember them all very well & thoroughly enjoyed them. The only thing I didn't enjoy was trying to get out of the field at the end because of the queues but I would gladly put up with that if those shows could be repeated. One particular memory of those shows is the time I nearly ran the late, great, John Watts over when he jumped out in front of my motorbike because he'd just dropped a 50p piece as we were entering the airfield! He promptly gave me a big grin & complemented me on my reactions! Great days!

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              • daveg4otu
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Oct 2008
                • 662

                #8
                Back in my youth(1950s) many air displays (Battle of Britain, Open house at RAF and FAA bases, Armed Forces day at USAFE bases) were free - yes totally completely free.
                http://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/

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                • Sabrejet
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Mar 2010
                  • 1757

                  #9
                  There was a programme on BBC4 last night called ("The Skies Above Us"?), which contained some recent footage of an airshow at 'East Leeds Airport' (I had to Google it and discovered it was Church Fenton).

                  Anyhow it looked like an old-school airshow, private warbird jets and all. So maybe they do still exist?

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                  • Trolly Aux
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • May 2006
                    • 3801

                    #10
                    Sabre Jet, I think some of the filming had been completed before the Shoreham incident
                    SMOKE SMOKE GO!
                    TA out

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                    • ChrisD
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Jul 2013
                      • 65

                      #11
                      Yes, that programme is a repeat from 2016 so the filming, knowing the BBC, was probably done well before Shoreham.

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                      • skyskooter
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Oct 2012
                        • 409

                        #12
                        You should have been at Farnborough in the 1950s to see Neville Duke bringing the prototype Hunter in low over Laffans Plain while the commentator said He is really pouring on the coals now.

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                        • KurtB
                          Rank 4 Registered User
                          • Feb 2018
                          • 182

                          #13
                          Originally posted by daveg4otu View Post
                          Back in my youth(1950s) many air displays (Battle of Britain, Open house at RAF and FAA bases, Armed Forces day at USAFE bases) were free - yes totally completely free.
                          As they should be. The taxpayer has already paid for the equipment and staff...

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