Pilot reviews of Pershore Airfield
I flew from Pershore to Fanborough in 1964 in an Anson transport kept for Ministry of Aviation purposes at this airffield when working on a student thesis project and then attached to the college of electronics at the Radar Research Establishment. It was a memorable first flight for me if only some 30 minutes long as the Anson was streaming oil from both engine cowlings and flying low was also subject to all the local weather variations; since that date i've flown commercially over 2000 times in my work career but in nothing as ancient or characterful as that Anson!
I remember that Tony Robinson commented during the Time Team programme dig there, around 2004 I think, that the airfield was once used by an Avro Vulcan squadron during the cold war period. Was this a factual statement or just hearsay as the runways would not have seemed long or strong enough to take these massive 'V' bombers from my memory of the place?
Whilst Pershore was closed many years ago it is used for the Annual Throckmorton Air Show supporting military and rescue charities and this year - 2013 - it was open for visitors to fly in.
a great job was done re-marking and preparing the old 03 / 21 runway and it was in excellent condition - way better than many airfield that I visit
very easy to find, and whilst the approach to 03 is somewhat obstructed by the spoil heap it was not high and the displaced threshold allows a sensible approach path and this year the declared length from painted Thr. to Thr. was 800m and the declared width 18m.
A/G radio was very well handled, marshalling was excellent and all in all a very well run event and the £20 landing fee donation was a bargain considering the quality of the airshow - including two Hurricane displays, a spitfire, Yak formation aeros, and the Eurofighter Typhoon came along and did its stuff (the noise!!!)
I don't know if it will be open for visiting pilots for future air displays but if it is take the opportunity if you can.
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