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

The Shoreham airshow is one of the premier airshows in the UK with easy access to the show, a wonderful backdrop, increased ground attractions and a large static display which makes it a true family day.

Located at the UK's oldest licensed airport, the highly picturesque venue, with the backdrop of the Downs and dominated by Lancing college, provides the perfect backdrop for stunning displays in the air and exciting attractions on the ground.

All proceeds from the airshow go to the Royal Air Forces Association

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Shoreham History
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.

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Shoreham Air Show
1st - 2nd September 2012

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Contact Information

RAFA Airshow Office
Terminal Building
Shoreham Airport
West Sussex BN43 5FF

Telephone: +44(0) 1273 441545

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