Array of aircraft ready for flight at popular show

Herald Series: Spectators enjoy watching the planes during the Air and Country Show in Abingdon in2012 Spectators enjoy watching the planes during the Air and Country Show in Abingdon in2012

SPITFIRES, Hurricanes and helicopters will take to the skies over Oxfordshire tomorrow for the annual Abingdon Air and County Show.

The 15th annual show at Dalton Barracks, expected to attract 10,000 visitors, will feature a three-hour flying show including spitfires, hurricanes and more.

Since 1999, the air show has raised more than £57,000 for Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance (TVACAA) – £43,000 since 2007 alone.

This year’s show will also feature a grounded appearance from the TVACAA helicopter, for punters to see where their money is going.

Organiser Neil Porter said: “We are delighted at the continued growth of the event in such hard economic times, but we aim to keep hopefully a nice family orientated all round show.

“My small dedicated team of committee members and volunteers on the weekend work hard and do a great job, though it is time consuming.

“I personally spend six months outside my normal day job in Southampton on the show so you can see its not for the faint hearted, but I do like a challenge”.

The static display, weather permitting, will comprise some 70 aircraft with the RAF hoping to bring along a Tutor plane and Merlin helicopter.

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As well as planes, there will also be falconry, Doctor Who Daleks and a stand from the 7 Rifles based at the Edward Brooks Barracks, Abingdon.

The Barrow Road gates will open from 10am and the show will run until 5.30pm. Advance tickets, £12 for adult, £8 OAPs and £4 for 5-15-year-olds, are available from abingdonairandcountry.co.uk

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