The Throckmorton Air Show has become increasingly popular over the 8 years it has been running for. Held at the old RAF base near Pershore the show has helped support numerous charities. Here are my thoughts on Throckmorton Air Show 2015.
Throckmorton Air Show 2015, marks the first time the glorious Avro Vulcan better known as XH558 has done a display at this show. With it brought more people than ever before and the team managed to sell every ticket. Despite all the warning the gates were still over flowing with visitors, both ticket holders and those trying their luck.
This year show has a huge shadow over it unfortunately. If you asked anyone how the event was, they will no doubt mention the words “queue” and “hours” in the same sentence. For me the queues were not as bad as people were saying, I was waiting patiently in line for 3 hours before I was parked up, in that time I saw many leave their cars or try a different route. To those people who complained over and over and demand refunds need to get their heads checked, any popular even will have queues and it is only a sign of the success that Throckmorton is becoming, that, and the fact the Vulcan’s appearance helped with this years popularity.
The display this year, was a mixture of mostly vintage and classic aircraft, it was a shame that there was no involvement of any modern aircraft like they had last year where they had the Royal Air Force typhoon doing a display. That being said, the display was not a disappointment to me, for the first time ever in my life I got the chance to see the Bristol Blenheim Mk.1 fly for the first time, a truly unique aircraft which I can not wait to see again. The display also hosted two Pitts Special aircraft flown completely differently from two separate pilots, they pushed their aircraft to the limits and gave off two fantastic displays.
Sadly although the weather was out our side for this event, it could not be said for the rest of the country. With high winds, some of the display could not make it to Throckmorton with the sacrifice for the BBMF Lancaster and spitfires as well as the WW1 Display Team. Considering how the Vulcan was flying sideways on their display, you can understand why they choose not to put their fragile aircraft in the air.
It is a shame that this year was tainted by a lot of complaints from people, personally I hope they will either plan their journey better or not bother to come to next years, for me this year was a great success and am looking forward to the air show in 2016.