The hunt is on for 100 vintage and military aircraft to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force for the ‘Cotswold Airport Revival Festival'.
On 29th and 30th September Cotswold Airport is throwing open its gates to the public again for its vintage and wartime extravaganza. It has teamed up with ‘Live Promotions Events Ltd', an organisation that has been putting on large-scale events including Truckfest, Pistons & Props and concerts such as Tom Jones, UB40 and Billy Ocean for over 50 years. The fusion of Cotswold Airport and Live Promotions is expected to see visitors pour in from all over the country.
Last year saw the inaugural launch of the Cotswold Airport Revival Festival, which started out as an informal fundraising Open Day for 500 people, and ended up as a major event with over 10,000 visitors!
To mark this year's centenary of the RAF and Cotswold Airport's original RAF roots, the organisers have launched a major initiative to get 100 aircraft to fly in over the two-day event, to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force.
Jo Welch, Head of Events at Cotswold Airport said: ‘This initiative is really exciting. We hope to attract many many different types of aircraft over the two days for everyone to see. We especially are interesting in vintage and military schemed aircraft, including helicopters, light aircraft and large and small jets. We are offering free landing for the duration of the event for these aircraft and free parking. Pilots and owners are welcome to camp if they wish to stay for the two days and bring any display materials to tell visitors all about their aircraft.'
There will be a dedicated display area where the aircraft will be parked for visitors to see. Each aircraft will be booked in in advance so there will be constant movements throughout both days for people to see in the skies above. (As with all aviation activity, this event is weather dependant - many vintage bi-planes for example are unable to fly in bad weather conditions.)
Cotswold Airport started out life as an MOD base called RAF Kemble 80 years ago, was the first home of the famous Red Arrows. The airport still today has close military links and continually supports associated charities. This official RAF100 event as part of the Revival Festival is set to be a powerful and nostalgic way to commemorate this centenary year and give a nod to the airport's own RAF roots.
Last year saw the inaugural launch of the Cotswold Airport Revival Festival, which started out as an informal fundraising Open Day for 500 people, and ended up as a major event with over 10,000 visitors. "The event this year will be a two-day event and is set to be an absolutely unforgettable weekend with lots of exciting activities and attractions for all the family. Both days will be packed full of dramatic re-enactments and demonstrations; thrilling vintage air displays; exciting rides and experience flights; hundreds of vintage and military vehicles; full size and miniature steam engines; and plenty of entertainment including period live music," say organisers.