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Season Kick Off!
Andy Evans reviews Abingdon Air & Country Show 2008


For the 9th year running, the Abingdon Air & Country Fair kicks off the airshow season in style. Yet, for the second year running the weather tried its best to put a grey murky outlook on proceedings. However, no matter how hard it tries, it has never yet managed to lower the tone to what has now become one of "the" shows for the budding aviation enthusiast to attend. What attracts enthusiasts to this show is the superb photographic opportunities on offer from the active static line to the close-as-possible

 flight lines. Not to mention a grass runway extremely close to the crowd line that many arrivals use.

For the past few years, Abingdon has attracted foreign participation in the forms of both Polish and American aircraft. This year was no exception, with the US Army sending a UH-60 from SHAPE on the European continent made all the better by a friendly crew allowing spectators to crawl all over their chopper.

A wide variety of military, warbird and civilian acts means there is something for everyone to see and whilst some people would consider this a "small" show; some of the more major shows don't get the sheer variety on offer at this "fair".  The unique mix of aircraft and a country fair gives new opportunities for the photographer and the family giving a very very relaxed attitude to events.

A very big "well done" should of course always lie with the organisational team that while small seem to be able to pull off miracles. 2009 sees the 10th anniversary of the event and already confirmed is the debut of the Hanger 11's Hurricane IIB "Hurri-Bomber"; a great tit-bit to preview a much anticipated show.

 For more information on Abingdon Air and Country Show 2008, visit the
official website. If you would like to see more photos from the event then please see the gallery section of this website!

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