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Red Arrows at Kirkwall Air Show
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Red Arrows at Kirkwall Air Show

Yes, there used to be a Kirkwall Air Show, organised by the Rotary Club (I think), in September. In 1982 the Red Arrows came, and were spectacular. This is at Grimsetter.
Picture added on 30 August 2006
I just can't believe the runways in those olden days
Anonymous comment added on 30 August 2006
You are not serious about that being a runway!!!!
Anonymous comment added on 01 September 2006
The Airshow was organised by the Round Table (Geoff Greavey member and Airport manager had friends in "high places" )Aircraft from all over visited that day, including a massive helicopter of the United States airforce stationed in Germany
Added by David Tullock on 12 January 2007
Did any of those people have a CAA approved airside pass..........?
Added by Flyboy on 13 January 2007
I remember it well, was there not two airshows!? I remember the big radio controlled Viscount model, what a noise with all four engines running. Also a biplane model with snoopy as pilot but alas it came down to earth with a bang!
Funny what you can remember!
There was also a few old aircraft passing from an airshow at Sumburgh one other time, a pink Spitfire being one, we rushed out to see them as the spit did a low pass over Kirkwall they landed for fuel.
Added by Magnus Ritch on 14 February 2008
The model a/c that flew that day was a Boeing 747, Snoopy "died" as a result of radio interference, the pink a/c was a Spitfire, red not pink with the registration G-FIRE, flown by a BA pilot called Roger Hendry.
Added by Johnny Johnston on 06 August 2008
I have found my programme for the Air Show, Sunday 5th Sept 1982. Apart from the local aircraft taking part the others listed were Jaguar 226 OCU (RAF), F111 Tactical strike aircraft (USAF), HC-130 Hercules (USAF), HH-53 Super Jolly (USAF) Beach UC12B (US Navy) others listed as visiting were Nimrod, Sea King , Bolkow 105, a Shackleton and of course the Red Arrows.To my knowledge this was the first time the Red Arrows performed a display in Orkney. The event was organised by Orkney Round Table in association with Orkney Flying Club.
Added by David Tullock on 12 July 2011
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