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a post from the Shoreham Airshow 2010, and a giveaway for my 300th post ...

Celebrating 100 years of Shoreham Airport, the 20th anniversary of the airshow and the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, this year's show was down to be extra special.

With sharp showers, drizzle and low cloud marring the proceedings, the majority of planes and display teams had to be cancelled, with many stranded down in Bournemouth, and at other bases across the country.

The Swift Aerobatic team did attempt a display to open the show, which unfortunately saw the glider pilot crash on landing, who fortunately managed to crawl from the wreckage, and who reportedly and remarkably sustained non-life threatening injuries.

With this happening, and the absence of any significant plane engine or propeller noise around the airfield, it really was most unsettling, although a good job was done by the commentator over the tannoy system to keep everyone happy.

These pilots can hear something? I'll have some of what you're having!

Even Haurel from Haurel and Lardy fame was scratching his head as to what (or wasn't in this case) going on!

There was action on the ground though with interesting static displays, stalls to look at, tents to look in, and food and drink to buy.

Thank goodness, we needed something to keep our pecker up.

We had a cappuchino mid morning, and a very tasty burger from the NAFFI tent for lunch, and J bought a near new army surplus Gortex jacket for £20, which is to come in very handy for colder fishing trips ahead.

Dad's Army were there again this year, with the usual parapheranalia.
First time I've seen this contraption called Olive ...
... and this bright red fire truck.
The Catalina, which this year returned to the show, was able to put on a short display.
To be honest after the unfortunate incident earlier in the day, I was relieved to see it back on terra firma, taxi-ing in along the runway.
Less than half a dozen aircraft managed to take to the skies.
Mid morning saw the G-SUSX Police Helicopter doing a bit of a hover!
Later in the day a Hurricane pilot entertained the crowds with a routine of the highest quality, and for me the saviour of the day was the return of the Harrier which gave a great demo just above the runway.
The German airfield attack and scramble was rumoured to be taking place at the end of the show, but feeling a bit worn we didn't hang around for that one.
With little action to speak of going on in the sky for much of the day, I could have quite easily fallen asleep standing up!
No Hawker Hunter, no BAC Strikemaster or De Havilland Vampire, no Yakovlevs or Gnats Display Team, no RAF Hawk, Tucano or Tutor, no Breitling Wing Walkers, no Sally B Flying Fortress or Lancaster to name but a few, and most disappointing for me was the missed opportunity of being mesmerised once again by the spectacle of the Avro Vulcan flying overhead .
Even Haurel and Lardy's cat was having trouble in keeping its eyes open ... or was this down to having had a too bigger lunch?
He's having trouble in keeping a lid on that supplies hamper too!
Leave a comment (UK and overseas welcome) on this post on what you think may be inside.
If your suggestion makes me smile the widest, a little something will be winging its way to you in the post, in celebration of my 300th blog post!


Simone said...

Congratulations on 300 posts Louise! It seems that you tried to make the best of a bad day! I think the hamper contains tickets to turn back time and start the day afresh with sunny skies and no crash landings! The Haurel and Lardy characters must have put a smile on your face. The cat doesn't look too good though does he?!!! x

meri said...

Congratulations, Louise!
Can't imagine what is inside - open cans?? whiskas maybe... :)

BumbleVee said...

Oh, dear....that cat....looks remarkably like ... erm... real fur... yikes! stretched out there.....

I clicked on said basket .... I think perhaps I see 'burgers.... I'm guessing fish burgers if the cat is waiting for lunch..... but, then...they could even be plastic burgers...... ack...ptooooey!

congrats on the big three oh, oh .....

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Anonymous said...

Me thinks that cat is being alittle to lazy..matter of a fact,I think it's "stuffed",and it ain't cat food,maybe cotton,hehehe.

Flighty said...

Well done on 300 posts, and here's to the next 300!
It's always such a shame when bad weather affects shows like this. Anyway it's a nice post with good photos.
As to what in the hamper I think that it's everything that you could possibly want for a perfect summer picnic! Flighty xx

Jackie said...

Congratulations on 300 posts ~ that's quite an achievement! I'm not sure what's in the hamper but I think it may be cans of something or other!! :O) xx

LizzieJane said...

Congratulations on your 300th post. That is quite something.
I so enjoyed your wonderful photos of the air show. It is a shame though that the weather wasn't the greatest. Still never mind it looks like a real fun day was had.

acornmoon said...

Congratulations on your 300th post!

I spy fake burgers in the hamper and maybe an edible shoe or two made of licorice?

I remember being enthralled as a child watching one of them eat a shoe, laces and all!

Rosie said...

Congratulations on 300 posts! The cat looks a bit overcome by whatever is in the picnic hamper - looks like bowls of shrimp pate or perhaps trifles topped with cream:) Love Haurel and Lardy!

Twiggy said...

Congrats on your milestone lovely lady. I think it's a basket full of pickled eggs, don't ask me why, I have no idea !!
Twiggy x

Ally Johnston said...

I would like ther to be strawberries and cream and maybe some champagne in the basket but it's more likely to be a furry ferret.

Lyn said...

I think it's Robbie Williams in a union jack thong!!!!
Congratulations on 300 posts!

Amanda said...

wow 300 posts: Go You!!

Such a shame that the airshow was dampened by the weather, and what a shocker with the glider :o(

After Lyn's comment I can't think of anything BUT Robbie Williams in the hamper dressed (or undressed) like that!!!

JuicyFig said...

Who could resist an invitation like that!

The basket actually contains a whole platoon of WW2 ninja infiltration mice, who will have by now eaten the tins of wiskers, and be making a rope out of mr williams undies in order to tie up the cat and make good their escape - unfortunatly they don't realise the cat speeks fluent ninja mouse and is fully aware of their plan. He has no desire what so ever to come into contact with the mice or their dodgy underpant plan - but being a cat cannot help but take the opportunity to mock them by blocking their only route of escape by sleeping on the problem.

Either that - or it's full of wet socks!


Wild Rose said...

If Dad's Army had anything to do with it, maybe that basket conceals a secret tunnel and Private Pike has got himself into another situation that his mother wouldn't approve of! Uncle Arthur could have a lot of explaining to do....

Glo said...

Hi Louise ~ A very interesting post with great photos. Congratulations on your 300th post! I think that picnic basket is one of their props containing fake burgers by the look of it ~ if anyone runs off with it, they'll be in for a surprise ;)