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Kemble

Kemble is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the more interesting airfields in the UK, particularly if you like seeing older classic aircraft in action, and especially jet warbirds. Even if this isn't really your thing, there are a number of based light aircraft, and even the occasional elderly airliner in for scrapping. How much of this you'll be able to see on an average visit, however, is very much a case of luck, although the regular open days/airshows provide excellent opportunities to see much of what's there.

I've only visited in connection with an airshow, so I can't comment on possibilities for photography on a 'normal' day, although judging from other available information there would seem to be a number of opportunities, especially for aircraft landing on runway 27 (assuming you're lucky enough to be there at the time of any movements). The best time to visit is, of course, during one of the airshows, when you'll have access to much of the airfield that is ordinarily off-limits to the public. The sun is also behind you for most of the day, only causing problems in the late afternoon.

The Bristol Aero Collection is also based at Kemble airfield.


 
Hawker Hunter 50th Anniversary Air Day (22 July 2001)

Almost any air display held at Kemble seems to be worth going to, but the Hawker Hunter 50th Anniversary Air Day will take some beating! The presence of Delta Jets on the airfield with their own significant Hunter collection obviously made things easier, but the final tally of 15 airworthy Hunters (plus a couple more on static display) was simply awe-inspiring. Add to that a few other non-Hunter gems, near perfect weather, and of course that superlative formation flypast and this was probably the airshow of the year. Stunning!
I've decided that the usual 5 representative shots just aren't enough to do this one justice, so below you'll find photos of every Hunter that was on display. The flyers are shown in terms of their position in the flypast, as seen from the ground.

Flying
WV318
WV318/ (G-FFOX)
Hawker Hunter T7
  XJ615   XF515  
  'XJ615'/ (G-BWGL)
Hawker Hunter T8C
  XF515/ (G-KAXF)
Hawker Hunter F6A
 
  XF516 G-PSST G-VETA  
  XF516/ (G-BVVC)
Hawker Hunter F6A
G-PSST
Hawker Hunter F58
G-VETA
Hawker Hunter T7
 
  XL573 WT723 WV372 J-4086  
  XL573/ (G-BVGH)
Hawker Hunter T7
WT723/ (G-PRII)
Hawker Hunter PR11
WV372/ (G-BXFI)
Hawker Hunter T7
J-4086/ (HB-RVU)
Hawker Hunter F58
 
J-4205 WB188 J-4015 J-4201 J-2001
J-4205/ (HB-RVP)
Hawker Hunter T68
'WB188'/ (G-BZPB)
Hawker Hunter GA11
'J-4015'/ (HB-RVS)
Hawker Hunter F58
J-4201/ (HB-RVR)
Hawker Hunter T68
'J-2001'/ (F-AZHS)
Hawker Hunter F58

Static

XF995 XL612
XF995/ (G-BZSF)
Hawker Hunter T8B
XL612
ETPS Hawker Hunter T7
 
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Maps

Click on the icons below to see maps relating to Kemble airfield. Note that these are all external links to other sites, and will open in a new window.

Street Map   Area Map
OS street map of the Kemble airfield area

Courtesy of:
Streetmap.co.uk

  General map of the Kemble area

Courtesy of:
Maps by Expedia.com Travel
maps.expedia.com

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Links

Kemble Airfield
Basically a simple index page with links to the various users of the airfield. Includes lots of airfield information and an events calendar.

Kemble
Part of the 'Spotter's Guide' section of the superb Thunder & Lightnings website, containing full and very comprehensive details of everything you'll need to know about viewing or photography at Kemble. Highly recommended.

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