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Abingdon Air and Country Show 2020

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A new format for show in 2020, despite the previous announcements there will be displays at the show, but only helicopters. From the Facebook page:

Press Release 24th August 2019 - a message from the Main Organiser Neil Porter:

After our first 2020 show meeting (to be held Sunday 17th May), Neil discussed with the committee the outline for the next show. He has had a massive re-think aswell as discussing potential scenarios with the committee and is very pleased to announce a 'reversal' of a decision in that, Flying Displays will continue at Abingdon!
However - it will be primarily limited to Helicopters of all types (to fit in the with Helicopter meet) whereby its possibly one of the UK's only 'Helimeet' shows with statics and flying displays with all three armed services being requested to take part aswell as a host of civilian helicopter operators and a few overseas air arms being invited.
This means also means for Neil its less workload and less stringency on the road closures as the 'display box' will be contained within the airfield boundarys.
Neil keeps current in the Flying Display environment,keeping up to date on the rules & regulations and the costs to run the whole show will be less too.
There is potential also for the odd other non helicopter type to display but Flypasts will also feature.

The Flying Program will be less in duration but the outline is as follows to give you an idea (which is subject to alter of course!):

09.00 - 13.15: Aircraft types Fly In to land / park up for viewing.
13.20 - 14.20; Radio Controlled Jet Models / Falconry within that segment.
14.30 - 15.30: Flying Displays program part one.
15.35 - 16.00: Radio Controlled Jet Models part two.
16.05 - 16.30: Flying Displays program part two.
16.40 - 17.30 onwards: Most aircraft depart.

The Country Show will be enlarged too aswell as a bigger Classic Vehicle / Motorbike / Commercial Trucks /Vintage Buses etc area and a re-instatement of the popular Crafts Marquee.
The Saturday evening aircraft Photo night shoot will take place once again with Threshold Aero.

More details will follow on the pricing structure but essentially it will be the same across the board with the same admission fees / stall fees for traders etc as 2019.

It is likely to be on the same side of the airfield as it is now, the west side has been looked at but because Air Displays will carry on being featured, it for safety reasons and reasons beyond Neils control it has to be flown out to the west which is far safer.

Keep tabs on our website / this showpage and Twitter over the coming months :)


https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2152099301751182&id=1494584617502657

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Well that's a positive outcome. Hopefully they can be well supported by the Armed Forces. With a bit of luck and some cash we might see a Wessex and Seaking ( or am I just dreaming)
Many thanks to Neil and the Committee.

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Fly In will consist of around 60 fixed wing aircraft, alongside 20+ helicopters.

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Update on their facebook page this morning:

Well,2020 planning has been underway for the last month or so, all Stall & Classic Vehicle forms will be online during October (General Aircraft Fly In application form will be live in January) and receiving lots of enquiries: Neil has been busy also started submitting & enquiring about aircraft / helicopters, and can confirm a new Flying Display Director (FDD) whonoversees the safety aspects for our smaller Flying Display will be Mr Phil Winterbottom - a Tier 2 rated FDD for both civilian & military displays,and a friend - welcome Phil.
Neil can confirm the first Helicopter to be part of the show is Steve Athertons ex French Military Gazelle (as pictured). We also welcome back Hawkwalk Falconry & Classic Jets Radio Controlled Models (both of which will demonstrate).
Don't forget - Sunday 17 May is the date.

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Gazelle is a lovely addition. :up:

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I agree, I think the 'Helimeet' idea has plenty of potential and I look forward to seeing what else is in store.

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Catalina has self confirmed. :up:

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Rich Goodwin and AACHF Beaver/Auster/Sioux & Scout confirmed.

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Just putting in the full version of our update today..
'The last post before Xmas! Adding to the already confirmed attractions, here is the up to date 100% confirmations list. At the end of this update will be the 2020 pricing structure. Don't forget, 2020 showday is Sunday 17th May.

Flying Displays:
- PBY5A Catalina (& static display).
- Historic Army Aircraft Flight (HAAF) Auster, Beaver + Sioux and Scout helicopters (& static display).
- Muscle Pitts & car runs (Rich Goodwin - & static display)
- Classic Jets Radio Controlled Models (two display segments).
- Helicopter displays & Flypasts to be confirmed as & when known (fingers crossed).

Static Display only:
- ex French military Gazelle helicopter.
- Pitts M12
- ex Royal Navy Wasp helicopter
- Various aircraft are starting to book in for the 'Fly In' - tbc in the New Year.

Ground Attractions:
- Radio Days Big Band
- Hot Air Balloons (for the Saturday evening night photoshoot & on the day tethered).
- Karen & Duncan Wymbs (Travelling Light musicians).
- Crafts Marquee with various stalls.
- Classic & Ex Military Vehicles / Motorbikes / Commercials.
- HawkWalk Falconry (with a demonstration).
- Solent Stars Motorcycle Display Team
- The Buccaneer Aviation Group with a cockpit of a Buccaneer.
- The Motorcycle Club (Arena and static motorbikes).
- Wallingford Dog Training Club
- Adventure 001 Helicopter Pleasure Flights

Catering is being provided by Notorious Catering and Ice Creams supplied by Southern Counties (so please no more Catering enquiries).

Admission:
On the day: Adult £20, Seniors (60+) £15, Children 5-15yrs £5, Under 5s Free.

In Advance (From 1st Feb 2020) - details of purchase prior to 1st Feb).
Adult £14, Seniors (60+) £9, Children 5-15yrs £5 (with a booking fee to add but we have reduced the Advance prices by £1 in the Adult / Seniors category to reflect that), Under 5s Free.
Free Car Parking.

Much more to announce in the New Year but for now its a start to give you all an idea. Poster available in the New Year too. Please share around and keep up to date on this page, Twitter or http://www.abingdonairandcountry.co.uk

Happy Christmas - from Neil Porter (Main Event Organiser) & the Committee.
2020 Abingdon Airshow / Country Show - Sunday 17th May, Abingdon Airfield.
http://www.abingdonairandcountry.co.uk

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Posted from our show FB page:

Good morning and welcome to our first 2020 update! As ever things are moving at a fast pace and bookings are being taken both for Trade Stalls, Exhibits & Re-enactors, Craft Stalls and Aircraft wishing to fly in for static display. Please note that WE ARE NOT taking Catering or Ice Cream applications as we have a franchise in place.
The Flying Display aircraft has been updated too with approx. 4 more items to announce nearer the time and selected static aircraft added in as it stands.
Online tickets will soon be on sale aswell as the four localised outlets selling them.
*Please note: Honeybottom Lane to the north of the airfield will be closed allday on showday (17th May) under the Military Aviation Authority rules (however Gate B Advance tickets on that road to the NE Corner and all other roads are open).
So, please do read on ;) ….

Flying Displays (& static display too):
- Wessex helicopter (Historic Helicopters)
- Muscle Pitts aerobatics & car runs (Rich Goodwin).
- Spartan Executive (Sebastien Mazzuchetti)
- Bulldog (Simon Tilling)
- Classic Jets Radio Controlled Models
- Historic Army Aircraft Flight (HAAF) Auster, Beaver + Sioux and Scout helicopters
- Flypasts TBC
- 4 more displays to confirm between now and end of March.

Static Display only:
- Gazelle helicopter (French Air Force marks)
- RAF 47Sqn C130J Hercules tbc
- Pitts M12
- PBY5A Catalina (open to the public)
- Wasp helicopter (Royal Navy marks)
- Hawker Hurricane Mk1 (Hurricane heritage)
- Reid & Sigrist RS4 Desford
- Boeing Stearman
- Allouette II Helicopter (Swiss marks)
- Sea King helicopter (Search & Rescue marks, Historic Helicopters)
- Chipmunk (RAF marks)
- Vans RV4
- As at 30/1/2020, another 16 various general aviation type aircraft have booked in so far for static viewing. (More to follow.)

Ground Attractions:
- Radio Days Big Band
- Hot Air Balloons (for the Saturday evening night photoshoot & on the day tethered).
- Karen & Duncan Wymbs (Travelling Light musicians).
- Crafts Marquee with various stalls.
- Classic & Ex Military Vehicles / Motorbikes / Commercials.
- HawkWalk Falconry (with a demonstration).
- Solent Stars Motorcycle Display Team
- The Buccaneer Aviation Group with a cockpit of a Buccaneer.
- The Motorcycle Club (Arena and static motorbikes).
- Wallingford Dog Training Club
- Adventure 001 Helicopter Pleasure Flights
- Abingdon Rock Choir
- Ock Street Band
- Irish Dancers
- Husky Dogs (up to 25 dogs!)
- Punch & Judy show
- Abingdon Morris Dancers
- Miniature Steam Engines
- Flight Simulator

Catering is being provided by Notorious Catering and Ice Creams supplied by Southern Counties.

Admission:
On the day: Adult £20, Seniors (60+) £15, Children 5-15yrs £5, Under 5s Free.
In Advance (From 1st Feb 2020) - details of purchase prior to 1st Feb).
Adult £14, Seniors (60+) £9, Children 5-15yrs £5 (with a booking fee to add but we have reduced the Advance prices by £1 in the Adult / Seniors category to reflect that), Under 5s Free.
Free Car Parking.

Advance tickets can be purchased online or from the following starting from the first week of February:
- Both Abingdon & Didcot branches of the Newbury Building Society.
- Wantage Vale & Downland Museum
- Witney Visitor Information Centre

More details on directions and ticketing, go to: http://www.abingdonairandcountry.co.uk
2020 Abingdon Airshow / Country Show - Sunday 17th May, Abingdon Airfield.
http://www.abingdonairandcountry.co.uk

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Oldtower wrote:- Sea King helicopter (Search & Rescue marks, Historic Helicopters)


A debut from Historic Helicopters? Nice stuff.

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Some very nice stuff there, Wessex and Desford star items for me!
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Tom105 wrote:Some very nice stuff there, Wessex and Desford star items for me!


Same here, never had myself down as a helicopter fan, but I think I am, I think seeing a Wessex in the air could be a highlight of the year for me, and the Sycamore at Farnborough in 2018 was that years highlight.

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Gazelle Squadron added
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Excellent news.

Well done team

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Any chance of the Whirlwind from Chard?
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AMB wrote:Any chance of the Whirlwind from Chard?


Unfortunetly no Adrian as its the costs involved. I need a loan :)
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Event has been postponed until Monday 31st August.

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Full marks to the Abingdon organisers for postponing rather than cancelling. Time will tell what happens over the next few weeks and months, but I for one appreciate the positivity demonstrated here.
its time to kick the tyres and light the fires

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Agreed! Great attitude & allied to TM-20 Beja we see a new slogan for these air-shows.... "Run it, don't bin it!" :wink:

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FlankerPhoto wrote:Event has been postponed until Monday 31st August.


:up:
Don't bother running, you'll only die tired!!

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Now completely cancelled for this year. Sadly don't think we will see any shows this year.
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