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Blackbushe Festival of Flight

Saturday 1 July and Sunday 2 July 2017 are reserved for celebrating the 75th anniversary of Blackbushe Airport. You will learn about the airport’s incredible history in two days of flying, fun, and entertainment. From 1942’s dark days of war to her golden airline days of the 1950’s, and onwards from 1960 to today, Blackbushe has witnessed the most extraordinary aviation years and survived to tell her story! In addition to the varied aircraft types for you to inspect in our static park, there will also be display flying to enjoy.

During the day, there will be music and singing on the main stage from Champagne at the Blitz, bringing all the romance and glamour from the 1940s and 50s, The Military Wives Choir and The Rock Choir. This, plus a great food and many interesting aircraft attractions guarantee fun and excitement! (And if that’s what you are after, you will also love this Mystic Secrets online slot.) At this event, you’ll find plenty to keep your little ones thoroughly entertained too. The event will host Children’s Zone with pedal planes, 86′ Inflatable Army Assault Course, trampolines, bouncy castle and much more. Moreover, The Blackbushe 75th “Festival of Flight” offers you the exciting opportunity to take a pleasure flight in the elegant De Havilland Rapide biplane of Scillonia Airways.

Lots of participating aircrafts broke many records and won competitions worldwide, internationally and nationally. You will have the opportunity to see YS53 Sovereign Built in 1974 and one of the last flying examples in the world or the striking SZD Foka 4 built in the 1960s by the Polish. In addition, you shouldn’t miss the amazing parachute jump display by The Crwsaders. The team will be jumping from the AN2 at 14:00 on both Saturday and Sunday. The FireFlies Aerobatic Display Team, consisting of two Vans RV4 aircraft, and the bright red “Muscle” Pitts of Richard Goodwin, a tiny but incredibly strong aeroplane designed for aerobatics, also confirmed participation.

The Exhibition area includes various trade stands and displays including live running demonstrations of the Spitfire’s engine, the RR Merlin plus a Bristol Centaurus, famous for powering WW2 bombers and many post-war airliners.

The airfield lies on Hartford Bridge Flats, part of the long stretch of heathland that runs from Bagshot to Hartley Wintney. As the name suggests, the flats provided a perfect location for an airfield leading the Air Ministry to construct RAF Hartford Bridge as the airfield was originally known.

Today the airfield is owned by a consortium whose intentions include further upgrading of the facilities available. Blackbushe continues to have a good weather record, her elevated plateau location offering long unobstructed runway approaches producing a minimum of environmental disturbance. For a business man’s airfield that has excellent surface connections and is easy to use, is located in a great catchment area and close to London, Blackbushe remains one of the most outstanding airfields in the south of England.

Let us lift our glasses to the Blackbushe Airport’s 75 years of proud service to aviation!