I’m often asked what people should expect from the very first Scampton Airshow in 2017, and it’s great to have such enthusiasm for a brand new event.
Lincolnshire has such a big appetite for an airshow and I’m honoured to play a part in delivering it. Although some of the detail is still under wraps (watch this space), show-goers can certainly expect something special.
The event has been designed to take visitors on an aviation journey, and in line with this, we are privileged to be able the hold the show at such a significant site.
RAF Scampton is steeped in RAF history – it is where Guy Gibson’s legendary 617 Squadron was formed and it is now home to the world-famous Red Arrows. Visitors will experience the county’s rich flying history, travelling through time to witness the technological advances that have been made in the industry.
As you would expect with an airshow, top of people’s list of questions is: Which aircraft will be at the show?
We are still receiving aircraft confirmations but look forward to making these announcements in the New Year. Rest assured, visitors can look forward to a spectacular five-hour flying display, as well as the chance to walk amongst the modern fast jets and historic aircraft.
On top of all this, the airfield will feature a host of engaging and interactive activities and exhibitions, travelling through the ages.
The Heritage Centre and Vintage Village will allow visitors to take a step back in time, while those fascinated by modern technology can take a trip to the Techno Zone, which has aviation at its heart, and the RAF Village, which showcases next generation technology used by the RAF. All of this is sure to make a fantastic day out for the whole family.
The show will raise funds in support of the RAF Charitable Trust. The trust funds a wide range of projects and initiatives that promote the Royal Air Force, support its people and encourage air-mindedness and the aviation-related education of youth. With that in mind, all under 16s will enjoy the show absolutely free of charge!
Scampton Airshow will certainly have its own unique identity – it’s a brand new show in a new location, with many exciting attractions.
That being said, we’re lucky enough to be able to draw on the wealth of knowledge and experience possessed by the team who organise theannual Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire. With their expertise, along with the volunteer team we’re busy recruiting, we’ll be sure to deliver an exciting and successful event.
As we move into 2017, the team at Scampton Airshow look forward to making further announcements about what visitors can expect, and who will be gracing the skies above RAF Scampton next September. What I can say is that the team and I are busy working away to make sure it will be a show to remember!
We look forward to seeing you there in the New Year.
Advance tickets available online here.
— Paul Sall is a Director on the Board of the new Scampton Airshow, which will be staged by the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, with the first show to be held in September 2017. Paul’s career includes 27 years service in the Royal Air Force involving flying and ground-based assignments, as well as holding the position of Assistant Defence Advisor to the British High Commission New Delhi, India. In 2010 Paul left the Royal air Force to become Director of the hugely successful Waddington Airshow. He also holds a Masters degree in Air Transport Management.