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Windermere Air Show 2006

Over the weekend of 29th & 30th July Lake Windermere in the heart of the Lake District became the venue for what must be one of the most stunning places in the country to hold and Air Show. The show has been running now for six years and is organised by the Rotary Club of Windermere in conjunction with the local Regional Community Relations Officer, Tony Parrini, who has Event Coordinator put together the flying programme on behalf of the RAF by way of saying “Thank You” to the local population for accepting the need for Military Low Flying throughout the year.

The ground attractions were taken care of by way of the RAF Police Dogs Demonstration Team from RAF Waddington and the Band of the RAF Regiment as the main ground attractions, together with the RAF Leeming Mountain Rescue Team, the Tactical Provost Wing, trade stands and the obligatory fun fair.

Flying assets on the ground included, a No.4 Regt AAC Lynx, a SAR Sea King of 202 Sqn, a Merlin of 28(AC) Sqn on Saturday only a Privately owned Bell UH1 from Blackpool and on Sunday only a Squirrel which brought in the Red 10 to commentate for the Red Arrows.


The air show was predominantly held on the Sunday however there were a few movements on the Saturday with the arrival of the Bell UH1 plus the Lynx which was to provide the Red Devils with a ride for their display and later the arrival Merlin.

The flying line up on Sunday had a GR4 of XV Sqn, The BBMF with Spitfire Hurricane & Dakota, Merlin, Lynx with the Red Devils, Hawk, Harrier, and the Red Arrows. The program was a little sporadic but this is to be expected when the assets are flying to the venue. The weather although bright was quit blustery on the day which curtailed the BBMF appearance with the Dakota only flying through, then later the Harrier developed a problem which took some time to correct by which time his slot was nearly up so all he could manage was a quick hover over Bowness Bay before departing to allow the Red Arrows in.

All in all a good day out and if you managed to park somewhere without paying the day was free.