For many people the Shoreham Airshown is an annual outing, not to be missed. But even if you don't become a regular, it is definitely worthwhile to see the airshow at least once. It's a spectacular event. Hopefully your day at the show won't be spoilt be low-lying cloud, obscuring the drama unleashed overhead. Since the show is held on a late weekend in August, the chances of sunshine are good. Fortunately the photographs below were taken on a beautiful, bright sunny day - a perfect opportunity for a photographer with a long lens.
On 363 days of the year the airfield and its runways are strictly off limits to everyone except pilots, their passengers and ground crew, but on the two days of the airshow the field swarms with people while planes soar and swoop overheard. Of course, many of the old, vintage planes appear just to trundle gently by. But the aerobatic planes perform thrilling displays practically right overhead - see photo of upside down, piroetting plane on the left and in the gallery below.
2015 Shoreham Airshow
On Saturday & Sunday 22/23 August
At The Tollbridge by Shoreham Airport
Tragedy struck the Shoreham Airshow in 2015 when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed killing 11 people and injuring 16. It was the worst airshow accident in the UK since 1952 when 31 people were killed at the Farnborough Airshow.
As the days went by following the accident, the tollbridge by the airport and over the River Adur became a place of commemoration for the dead and filled with flowers.