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Shoreham Airshow.

Shoreham Airport / Airshow History
The Shoreham Air Show usually takes place at Shoreham Airport in West Sussex over two days in September.

Shoreham Airport, also known as Shoreham (Brighton City) Airport is located 1 mile west of Shoreham-by-Sea and just east of Lancing, West Sussex, near Brighton. The Airport was founded in 1910 and is the oldest licensed airfield in the UK. During World War I the aerodrome was used by the Royal Flying Corps and in WW2 the airfield operated a variety of military aircraft including Westland Lysanders, later replaced by Supermarine Spitfires; Hawker Hurricanes; Boulton Paul Defiants; and a pair of Bristol Beaufighters. It was an air-sea-rescue base with Supermarine Walrus aircraft joining other wartime activities in the nearby harbour.

The airfield was bombed several times and a Messerschmitt Bf 109 was shot down by ground fire during one such attack, crash-landing near the terminal building. A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress crash-landed at the airfield after being damaged during a raid on Germany. The consequent damage to the old guardhouse on the north side of the airfield can still be seen.

The landing area was grass until a tarmac runway was built in 1981.

In 2006 due to mounting debts the airport was sold by the local authority to a property company on a 150-year lease. It is intended that the airport will provide increasing commercial flight activity for the conurbation on the coast nearby, particularly Brighton and Hove.

The airport is used by privately owned light aeroplanes, flying schools, and for light aircraft and helicopter maintenance and sales. A number of operators provide sight-seeing and pleasure flights, including the experience of flying in two T-6 Harvard World War II training aircraft. Commercial scheduled flights are available via local operators to Alderney in the Channel Islands and Le Havre and Le Touquet in France.

Once every year in the late summer, the airport is host to the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Shoreham Airshow. The airshow has flying and static displays by a variety of aircraft such as fast jets, military helicopters, aerobatic aircraft, and historic aircraft. A variety of ground displays by local organisations including the local flying clubs, the armed forces, and classic cars and vehicles. The show has raised over 1 million pounds for the Royal Air Forces Association over 17 years. External shots of the airport were used in the box office film [The Davinci Code], however the name of the airport was changed.

The Sussex Police Air Operations Unit is headquartered at Shoreham Airport. The Unit is equipped with a single helicopter, callsign 'Hotel 900', and is headed by a Police Inspector, assisted by a Police Sergeant and two Police Constables, together with pilots, paramedics, and ground support staff. The aircraft always flies with a crew of three (one pilot, one police officer, and one paramedic) and can reach any part of Sussex county (around 1,500 square miles) within 20 minutes

The airport has two licensed restaurants; the cafeteria in the main terminal building is open to the public (including those not otherwise involved with the airport or any flight), and sells local real ales. It also houses Northbrook College's Engineering department - a Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) in Aerospace and Aviation.

Due to a serious incident at the Shoreham Airshow in 2015 it was decided out of respect for all those affected by last August's (2015) tragedy and also in view of the ongoing Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigation that the show would not take place in 2016.



Shoreham Airshow
Shoreham Airshow.

From the Shoreham Airshow website:

Shoreham Airshow: 2016 decision

Following careful consultation and consideration Shoreham Airshow Ltd has decided that the 2016 Shoreham Airshow will not go ahead.

The decision has been taken primarily out of respect for all those affected by last August's tragedy and also in view of the ongoing Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigation - and any review of their regulations that the Civil Aviation Authority may subsequently undertake.

We understand that this decision may be disappointing for many who have been part of the extended Shoreham Airshow family over the years. We would like to thank everyone who has supported the air show for the last 26 years, particularly local volunteers and the surrounding community.

When and if it is appropriate to do so, we will explore the possibility of a 2017 airshow. In the meantime, we continue to be fully committed to assisting the Air Accidents Investigation Branch with their ongoing investigation.

The thoughts and deepest condolences of everyone at Shoreham Airshow Ltd remain with all of the victims of the tragedy.


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