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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.

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Abingdon Air & Country Show 2017
Abingdon Air & Country Show.

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 2017:

14 May - Abingdon Air & Country Show 2017

Abingdon Air & Country Show 2017:

There will be the popular photo nightshoot again on Saturday 13th May in the evening, more details to be released about two months prior to the show.

14 May - Abingdon Air & Country Show 2017

Participating aircraft:

Flying Display
DC3 Dakota
Yakolev YAK3
RF4 Motorglider
Antonov AN-2
Jump4Heroes Parachute Display team & Antonov AN-2
Great War Display Team
Muscle biplane
Pitts Special
P51 Mustang - Hangar 11
Breitling Wingwalkers solo
Silence Twister - Twister Team
Calidus Autogyro
North American T28 Fennec
Historic Army Flight Beaver & Scout helicopter pair
BBMF Spitfire & Hurricane
UH-1 Huey helicopter
RAF transport aircraft flypast - TBC

Static Display:
J3 Cub
Yakolev Yak 52s
Cessna 182
Vans RV7
Zenair Zodiac
Cessna 150 / 172
Tiger Moth
Pitts Special S-1S
Mk26B Spitfire
Gazelle helicopter (Sharks colours - Navy Wings)
Boeing Stearman
RAF Tucano T1
Agusta 109 - RAF 32Sqn
RAF Tutor
Yakolev Yak3-U
P51 Mustang 'Miss Helen'

Flying Display aircraft on static display:
Twisters x2 (Swipteam)
RF4 Motorglider
Westland Wasp helicopter (Royal Navy colours)
Muscle Pitts
Antonov AN2 x2
P51 Mustang (US Army Air colours 'Red Tails')
Great War Display Team
Boeing Stearman (Breitling Wingwalker Team)
CAC Boomerang (replica) (Australian colours)
North American T28 Fennec (US Air Force colours)
Sioux & Scout helicopters (Historic Army Flight)
Beaver & Auster (Historic Army Flight)

Local hotels for the Abingdon Air & Country Show
Local hotels for the Abingdon Air & Country Show

Ground Entertainment:
3 & 4 Regiments RLC Dalton Barracks / Abingdon
Edwards Books Barracks 7 Rifles COY
Farms2Ewe mobile farm
Buckingham Search & Rescue Dogs (also in an arena demo's)
Abingdon Morris Dancers
RAF 4624 Auxillary Squadron from Brize Norton
Classical Vehicles
Miniature Steam Engines
Military Re-enactors
Various Trade Stalls and Exhibits
Punch & Judy Show
Childrens Amusements
HawkWalk Falconry
Singing by Britains Got Talent contestant Ellie Mae
The Mangledwurzels band
Radio Days band
Abingdon Rock Choir
Royal Netherlands Air Force Spitfire Simulator,322 (F16) Squadron
Classic Jets Radio Controlled Models
Cotswold Pheasant and Poultry Club
Doctor Who Daleks and friends
Williams Martini Formula One static car
Scottish Pipes and Drums band
Oxford Bus Company brand new double deck bus

Ticket Prices:
Please check with official Abingdon Air & Country Show website for ticket prices and booking.

Tickets also available from the official website here.


Provisional Flying Display Schedule
13.20 - Jet models
14.00 - BBMF Spitfire & Hurricane
14.13 - RF4 Motorglider
14.24 - Swip Team
14.39 - Muscle Pitts biplane
15.00 - Antonov AN-2
15.11 - P-51 Mustang
15.24 - Great War Display Team
15.42 - UH-1 Huey helicopter
15.53 - Calidus Autogyro
16.04 - Beaver / Scout
16.15 - Pitts Special
16.26 - North American T28 Fennec
16.37 - DC3 Dakota
16.50 - Yakolev YAK3
17.01 - AN2 take-off (for para drop)
17.04 - Breitling Wingwalkers solo
17.17 - Parachute drop from AN2

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