Those who couldn’t make it to the Battle of Britain Spitfire formation that took place at lunchtime on Tuesday will now get another chance to see the Spitfires again. They may even get a chance to hear the roar of the Avro Vulcan B2 XH 558 this coming Sunday. There will be a two-day event on 22nd and 23rd August (2015) and the airport will be welcoming visitors to celebrate the end of the hostilities of Second World War. According to the organisers, the event will be in recognition of the relief and joy that usually comes during the peace that follows a long period of war. The event will also remember all the people who died in various battles around the world so people could enjoy the freedom that they have today.
No cash? No problem. Members of the public will be able to enter the airfield from 10 in the morning for free on both days. If you have a car, you’ll be required to pay a parking charge of £5 per vehicle. The Isle of Wight Flying Club is now in its 80th year and they are the event organisers. The proceeds from the show will go towards the airfield’s upkeep.
What’s on the Agenda
There’s a lot of entertainment planned for the weekend. There will be civilian and military aircraft on the ground and in the air throughout the weekend and you’ll even be able to get up close to some of the aircraft according to the organisers who are also hoping that there will be fighters from world war 2 flying overhead at the event such as the spitfire, Harvard’s, Boeing Stearman, Yaks and Mustangs. The organisers are also expecting that on the last day the people at the show will get a chance to hear the roar of the Avro Vulcan B2 XH 558 as it flies over the airfield. This is the only British four engine military aircraft that is still usable today and this will be the last chance for people to see it on the South Coast before it retires from flying.
A parade has also been planned for Sunday and some of the things you can expect include The Royal British Legion parading four Standards and this will be attended by Deputy Lord Lieutenant Col David Langford and some other veterans.