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Windermere Air Show 2010

The Windermere Rotary Club again chose the last weekend in July to stage this years Air Show centred around the Glebe at Bowness. They had put together two flying programs which would cover both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The program was as follows.

RAF Falcons - Sun Only
Aerostars - Both Days
Twister duo - Both Days
RAF Tucano - Both days
BBMF - Both Days (Dak and 2 x Spitfires)
Red hawk motor glider - Both Days
Wingwalkers - Sun Only
Jet Provost - Both Days
Huey chopper - Sat Only                                                
Yakalovs Team - Sun

On the Glebe the RAF had brought a few ground air show assets, the careers caravan, a Harrier cockpit, and the Air Traffic exhibited their radio equipment and landing aids. These were supported by member of the Air Force representing a variety of trades who answered the puplics questions about the Air Force.

The only thing that any air show committee cannot bring to a show is the weather, which can make or break a weekend show like this. Unfortunately after the brilliant sunshine of last year’s show weekend, this one began with very low cloud and drizzle. Despite this there was a chance that it may break enough later in the day to see some aircraft display. First to arrive on the Saturday was Cumbria’s Air Ambulance which was to be a ground exhibit on the Glebe. This was followed by Phil Connolly’s privately owned Bell UH-1 the aircraft arrived and carried out a practice display which infact due to the weather turned out to be the only flying on the Saturday


First to arrive on Saturday

Good turn out  Despite the poor weather

Brisk trade at the Carriers caravan

Even with the lack of aircraft the RAF put on a show

Huey arrives and goes straight into its routine


To ensure that there is clear water in the event of an emergency Wardens keep water traffic away from the display axis    

On Sunday the day begin again with low cloud but the met office had forecast it to lift in time for the flying program to take place, and true to form it did although the cloud cover was a little low until the arrival of the final display the Yakalovs.     


The RAF's contribution to the show came in the form of show director and Air Traffic Control which was undertook from a police launch underneath the show on the lake