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Abingdon Airfield History
The airfield was opened in 1932, initially as a training station for RAF Bomber Command. After the war it became part of RAF Transport Command, and also became the home of No 1 Parachute Training School.

About 1948-49 No. 47 Group Headquarters of RAF Transport Command was at RAF Abingdon. The station, its personnel and aircraft (Yorks and Hastings) were involved in the Berlin Airlift. In 1952 a ferry unit was based at RAF Abingdon. It moved Mosquito, Hornet, Meteor, Vampire and Spitfire aircraft. In 1953 all flying units dispersed to other units to make way for Nos. 24 and 47 Squadrons operating Handley Page Hastings. In 1955 the Handley Page Hastings were replaced by the Blackburn Beverley.

Besides London University Air Squadron, the Oxford University Air Squadron was based at RAF Abingdon. Abingdon was also the home of No. 6 AEF (Air Experience Flight) operating between 6-8 DHC Chipmunks for ATC/CCF Air Cadet flight experience training. In the late 1960s the Blackburn Beverleys' hangars had dormer extensions put in the roof to take the extra height of the tailplane of the Short Belfasts of No. 47 Squadron. From 1975 through to the 1990s, Abingdon became a maintenance field, with the AMS (Aircraft Maintenance Squadron) servicing BAE Hawk, SEPECAT Jaguar and Blackburn Buccaneer aircraft. From 1986 to 1988 RAF Abingdon became home to the Thames Valley Police Air Support Unit, flying a helicopter in support of police operations.

Today it is now known as Dalton Barracks and is used by the Royal Logistic Corps. A small RAF presence still continues at the airfield with 612 Volunteer Gliding Squadron flying in Grob Vigilant motor gliders, it is also regularly used for training by RAF Pumas and Merlins from nearby RAF Benson, and various rotary types have been known to pop in from time to time.

The Abingdon Air and Country Show has generated over £80,000 for charities since the first event in 2000.

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Abingdon Air & Country Show 2018
Abingdon Air & Country Show 2018.

Abingdon Fayre first started in 2000 as a small fete. In the years since then the show has grown in stature. Attendances have increased, and at the 2009 show there were over 10,000 people. For many years the show was known simply as the Abingdon Fayre, but in 2007 the show's title changed to Abingdon Air & Country Show to more accurately reflect the show's content.

Although held on a military establishment, the show is a civilian event. It is organised entirely by volunteers, with proceeds being donated to a local charity.

In addition to the flying activities the event usually features a wide range of ground attractions, such as stalls and arena display along with vintage and classic vehicles.

Abingdon Air & Country Show 2018:

06 May - Abingdon Air & Country Show 2018

Abingdon Air & Country Show 2018:

06 May - Abingdon Air & Country Show 2018

Participating aircraft schedule:

Flying (& on Static Display):
Spitfire (Peter Teichmans)
Westland Wasp Helicopter (Navy Wings)
Antonov AN2 (Parachute Team support)
Westland Gazelle Helicopter (Navy Wings)
Super Pitts
Beech 18
Harvard 'Wacky Wabbit' (RAF Clrs)
BAC Strikemaster
PBY-5A Catalina
Hawker Sea Fury T20 - RNHF
Great War Display Team
Muscle Pitts
T67 Firefly
Spitfire (ML407 - two seater) & Buchon pair
Jump4Heroes Parachute Display Team
Auster & Scout (Historic Army Aircraft Flight)
BBMF Spitfire, Hurricane & Lancaster
*RAF C130J Hercules (Static)

*The RAF C130J Hercules will fly in early on the day & depart as soon as the Flying Display finishes around 5.30pm.

Static Display (RAF '100' area):
Harvard (RAF silver Clrs)
Tiger Moth (RAF yellow Clrs)
Chipmunk x3 (RAF red & white / Silver Clrs)
Venture motorglider 621 Historic Flight (RAF Clrs)
Sedburgh glider 621 Historic Flight (RAF Clrs)
Cadet glider 621 Historic Flight (RAF Clrs)
Bulldog (RAF red & white Clrs)
Westland Gazelle x2 (RAF red & white / white VIP Clrs)
Jet Provost Tmk3 (RAF Clrs)
Fairchild Argus x2 (RAF Clrs)
Beagle Husky (RAF Clrs)
RAF Tucano - TBC
RAF Hawk - TBC
*Plus: 50 + Fly In aircraft of various types

*Fly in includes a Boeing Stearman, 3 replica Spitfires, Allouette II (Swiss military marks), SF260 Marchetti (Italian AF marks), DeHavilland Beaver (HAAF), Austers, Skeeter (HAAF)...

Ground Entertainment:
Tank Rides
The Mangledwurzels band
Doctor Who Daleks
Classic Vehicles
Abingdon Rock Choir
Scottish Caledonian Pipes & Drums
Ex Military Vehicles
Hawkwalk Falconry
Team Green Rockets Childrens Motorcycle Display Team
Helicopter Pleasure Flights
War Re-enactors
Radio Days Big Band
Classic Jets Radio Control models (will fly too!)
Royal Netherlands Air Force 322 Squadron Spitfire cockpit
Miniature Steam Engines
Vale Islanders
Williams Martini F1 Car
Farms2Ewe mobile farm
Magic Peter
Abingdon Morris Dancers
Various Trade Stalls
Crafts Marquee
Pony Rides
RAF 4624 Auxilary Squadron
RAF Joint Helicopter Support Squadron
RAF Air Cadets
Abingdon Sea Cadets
Car Chase Heroes (includes Gran Torino Starskey & Hutch)
Agricultural stand (includes a John Deere Gator)

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Abingdon Airshow Tickets:
Please check with the official Abingdon Air & Country Show website for ticket prices and booking.

Tickets are now on sale from the Abingdon branch of the Newbury Building Society, Wantage Vale & Downland Museum and Witney Visitor & Information Centre.

Adult - £20 (on the gate), (£15 advance tickets)
OAP £15 - (on the gate), (£10 advance tickets)
Child 5-15 years - £5 across the board!

Please enter Gate A (Barrow Road) if you have on the gate tickets.
Please enter Gate B (Honeybottom Lane) if you have advance tickets.

More information is provided on the official website.

Abingdon Air and Country Show Nightshoot 2018:
There will be a nightshoot at 19:00 on Saturday 5th May 2018 at Abingdon Airfield, Oxfordshire.

More information can be found here.

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