Weston Super Mare 2016

Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby kwebb1 on Wed 01 Jun 2016, 4:40 pm

Gnat pair added Sat & Sun - excellent stuff!
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby Adamwilliams132 on Mon 06 Jun 2016, 11:29 am

Is there anywhere to view the show apart from the sea front ?
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby vbombers2 on Tue 07 Jun 2016, 8:51 am

Brean Down is quite popular or you could try the beach closer to Uphill if you want to avoid the crowds. The display happens along the seafront so you wouldn't see much if you were further back in the town.
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby Adamwilliams132 on Tue 07 Jun 2016, 9:10 am

vbombers2 wrote:Brean Down is quite popular or you could try the beach closer to Uphill if you want to avoid the crowds. The display happens along the seafront so you wouldn't see much if you were further back in the town.


Cheers was just looking for somewhere to base the family for the afternoon on the Saturday.
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby kph100 on Tue 14 Jun 2016, 10:36 am

Looking at online video of Torbay airshow , hope they are a bit closer this weekend.
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby techniquest on Thu 16 Jun 2016, 9:03 am

Has the display order and timings been published yet? If so, anyone able to post please?
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby 197cup on Thu 16 Jun 2016, 9:15 am

Flights
Confirmed Flights
Flights are listed in order of appearance, first flight will take place on both days at 11.39am.

Saturday 18 June 2016
11.30am – 1.30pm

Girl Power Pitts Special
Yak 50 Russian Aerobatic Aircraft
RAF Typhoon
Westland Wasp Classic Helicopter
PBY Catalina Amphibian Sea Plane
BAC Strikemaster Classic Jet Warbird
1.30pm – 3.30pm

Calidus Autogyro
RAF Red Arrows
SBACH extreme aerobatics
Belgian Ballerina (3 vintage stamp bi-planes)
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Spitfire and Hurricane)
3.30pm – 5.30pm

P-51 North American Mustang WW2 Fighter
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B
Team Raven Formation Display
Breitling Wing Walking Team
Norwegian Mig 15
Gnat Pair


Sunday 19 June 2016
11.30am – 1.30pm

Girl Power Pitts Special
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Spitfire and Hurricane)
P-51 North American Mustang WW2 Fighter
BAC Strikemaster Classic Jet Warbird
1.30pm – 3.30pm

Yak 50 Russian Aerobatic Aircraft
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B
PBY Catalina Amphibian Sea Plane
Belgian Ballerina (3 vintage stamp bi-planes)
Calidus Autogyro
Team Raven Formation Display
3.30pm – 5.30pm

SBACH extreme aerobatics
Norwegian Mig 15
Gnat Pair
De Havilland Sea Vixen
Breitling Wing Walking Team
Please note that all aircraft are subject to availability and weather conditions. No responsibility can be taken for any cancellations to the flying programme.
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby trebleone on Thu 16 Jun 2016, 9:58 pm

Specific, individual timings are now listed on the website: https://westonairfestival.wordpress.com/attractions/flights/
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby Andyperkins on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 8:34 am

Right have decided to give Cosford a miss this year and instead thinking about going to Weston tomorrow, have seen people recommend Brean Down but is it easy to get too?
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby seacat192 on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 11:55 am

Andyperkins wrote:Right have decided to give Cosford a miss this year and instead thinking about going to Weston tomorrow, have seen people recommend Brean Down but is it easy to get too?


One road in, one road out!

Postcode for Brean Down is TA8 2RS. Good sized National Trust car park at the end of the road (free for NT members I believe).


Steep steps up the side of the Fort, or for the easier option, a tarmac road to walk along.
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby Andyperkins on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 1:22 pm

seacat192 wrote:
Andyperkins wrote:Right have decided to give Cosford a miss this year and instead thinking about going to Weston tomorrow, have seen people recommend Brean Down but is it easy to get too?


One road in, one road out!

Postcode for Brean Down is TA8 2RS. Good sized National Trust car park at the end of the road (free for NT members I believe).


Steep steps up the side of the Fort, or for the easier option, a tarmac road to walk along.


Perfect thanks :smile:
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby seacat192 on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 3:56 pm

Andyperkins wrote:
seacat192 wrote:
Andyperkins wrote:Right have decided to give Cosford a miss this year and instead thinking about going to Weston tomorrow, have seen people recommend Brean Down but is it easy to get too?


One road in, one road out!

Postcode for Brean Down is TA8 2RS. Good sized National Trust car park at the end of the road (free for NT members I believe).


Steep steps up the side of the Fort, or for the easier option, a tarmac road to walk along.


Perfect thanks :smile:


No problem!

Looks like we're changing places - I'll be at Cosford instead of Weston this year :lol: :lol:

Forgot to add, that the tarmac road is on the right hand side as you look at Brean Down. Walk along this road, towards the farm on the posted link, and the pathway up the hill is through a gate just past where the text 'Brean Down Road' on the satellite image ends. I'm sure there will be plenty of others to follow!


Google Earth link: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Bre ... d-3.010969
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby Andyperkins on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 4:16 pm

seacat192 wrote:
Andyperkins wrote:
seacat192 wrote:
Andyperkins wrote:Right have decided to give Cosford a miss this year and instead thinking about going to Weston tomorrow, have seen people recommend Brean Down but is it easy to get too?


One road in, one road out!

Postcode for Brean Down is TA8 2RS. Good sized National Trust car park at the end of the road (free for NT members I believe).


Steep steps up the side of the Fort, or for the easier option, a tarmac road to walk along.


Perfect thanks :smile:


No problem!

Looks like we're changing places - I'll be at Cosford instead of Weston this year :lol: :lol:

Forgot to add, that the tarmac road is on the right hand side as you look at Brean Down. Walk along this road, towards the farm on the posted link, and the pathway up the hill is through a gate just past where the text 'Brean Down Road' on the satellite image ends. I'm sure there will be plenty of others to follow!


Google Earth link: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Bre ... d-3.010969


I have done Cosford the last 4 years but I just don't fancy the 6 hour round trip and 4:30am start this year.
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby richyrara on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 6:19 pm

It's a steep walk up either way and you'll want to view from the east end of the down, but note that the display will not be particularly close from there and views of some of the smaller slower aircraft will likely be poor unless they take in the down whilst leaving or running in. That said previous years have given some great views of some jets, like XH558 and the Canberra as they turn overhead during the display.
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby richyrara on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 6:31 pm

By the way... if anyone uses Flickr I set up a group a few years ago if anyone fancies adding from this weekend :biggrin:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/westonairday/
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby captainfurious on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 7:20 pm

Does anyone have any experience with the traffic for Weston? I'll be coming from Bristol and last year took the train but have decided to drive this year. Is arriving 9.30am too late to avoid the build up? I also need to be back by 6.00pm so will miss the last couple of acts. Am I being I over confident leaving at 4.30pm will get me home in time or is the traffic a disaster leaving?
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby seacat192 on Sat 18 Jun 2016, 7:30 am

Andyperkins wrote:
seacat192 wrote:
Andyperkins wrote:
seacat192 wrote:
Andyperkins wrote:Right have decided to give Cosford a miss this year and instead thinking about going to Weston tomorrow, have seen people recommend Brean Down but is it easy to get too?


One road in, one road out!

Postcode for Brean Down is TA8 2RS. Good sized National Trust car park at the end of the road (free for NT members I believe).


Steep steps up the side of the Fort, or for the easier option, a tarmac road to walk along.


Perfect thanks :smile:


No problem!

Looks like we're changing places - I'll be at Cosford instead of Weston this year :lol: :lol:

Forgot to add, that the tarmac road is on the right hand side as you look at Brean Down. Walk along this road, towards the farm on the posted link, and the pathway up the hill is through a gate just past where the text 'Brean Down Road' on the satellite image ends. I'm sure there will be plenty of others to follow!


Google Earth link: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Bre ... d-3.010969


I have done Cosford the last 4 years but I just don't fancy the 6 hour round trip and 4:30am start this year.



I'm 'on call' until later today, so not able to venture to Weston, but the coach I'll be be going to Cosford on leaves Taunton at 0545, so looking at a silly o'clock alarm in the morning :dizzy: :dizzy:

Hope everyone at Brean enjoys the day!
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby 106500 on Sat 18 Jun 2016, 8:43 pm

Well, my first airshow of the year and perhaps not quite up to the usual Weston standards of the last few years. No shows from Sally B and the Mig15 were a disappointment and the strong onshore wind seemed to keep most displays distant. However, the new Reds display is encouraging and a new Typhoon arrangement was interesting. Vulcan was sadly missed by all but I enjoyed a good if again distant Gnat offering and a rare Strikemaster appearance. All in all rather disappointing not helped by the overcast and cold conditions for most of the day.
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby jaymer15 on Sat 18 Jun 2016, 9:49 pm

captainfurious wrote:Does anyone have any experience with the traffic for Weston? I'll be coming from Bristol and last year took the train but have decided to drive this year. Is arriving 9.30am too late to avoid the build up? I also need to be back by 6.00pm so will miss the last couple of acts. Am I being I over confident leaving at 4.30pm will get me home in time or is the traffic a disaster leaving?


Last year we left at about 6:00pm and it took us over a hour to get to the motorway.
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby captainfurious on Sun 19 Jun 2016, 7:49 am

First Airshow of the year for me too. Reds were very good. Thought the Spitfire and Hurricane were extremely sedate, especially compared to the Mustang. A little disappointed in the Typhoon but imagine not helped by weather.

As for the traffic arrived at 9.40pm and parked easily in street behind the beach. Left 4.30pm. No traffic either way at all! Very impressed!
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby captainfurious on Sun 19 Jun 2016, 9:03 pm

Did anyone attend Weston today? Just wondered how it was and if the weather held? Hearing so much on Cosford but very quiet here!
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby jl151080 on Mon 20 Jun 2016, 7:48 am

I went to see the BBMF and Mustang yesterday, which were good.

The weather was closing in by the time the Mustang arrived, which had to do a flat display. I left after that, but it was noticeable that it wasn't too busy.
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby vbombers2 on Mon 20 Jun 2016, 10:58 am

I believe all we had on Sunday were;

Girl Power Pitts Special
BBMF Spitfire and Hurricane
P-51
Catalina
Calidus Autogyro
SBACH

Everything else cancelled, presumably due to the poor weather. Foxy was moved up the schedule from around 4pm to 1:45pm but I guess they still couldn't make it. There were still plenty of people on the sea-front but the getaway was a lot easier than last year as I think people were drifting off gradually.

Only 2 weeks to Yeovilton, I hope the unsettled weather doesn't extend until then :-(
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby Andyperkins on Mon 20 Jun 2016, 11:15 am

vbombers2 wrote:I believe all we had on Sunday were;

Girl Power Pitts Special
BBMF Spitfire and Hurricane
P-51
Catalina
Calidus Autogyro
SBACH

Everything else cancelled, presumably due to the poor weather. Foxy was moved up the schedule from around 4pm to 1:45pm but I guess they still couldn't make it. There were still plenty of people on the sea-front but the getaway was a lot easier than last year as I think people were drifting off gradually.

Only 2 weeks to Yeovilton, I hope the unsettled weather doesn't extend until then :-(


Yeovilton has been lucky the last few years so fingers crossed but I don't want a repeat of 2013, damn that was hot lol
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Re: Weston Super Mare 2016

Postby MikeyB on Mon 20 Jun 2016, 10:42 pm

Had an enjoyable couple of days at the Weston Air Festival and once again another great job by the organisers. :clap:

It's a real shame that the weather pretty much ruined the Sunday show, but kudos to the pilots who managed to get there and display. It seems as if the weather surrounding Weston-Super-Mare was more of the issue than that at the display location itself with three acts grounded due to the weather at their base of RNAS Yeovilton (the Yak-50, Sea Vixen and B-17).

Here's hoping that the show will continue next year and build upon its' success so far. :smile:
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