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Village held biggest ever airshow in 1946

 Published on: 16th May 2019   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Footage is available from Radlett Airfield’s record-breaking airshow in 1946.

The video, courtesy of newsreel archive, British Pathé, shows a huge crowd gathering to watch what was the biggest air display ever held in Britain at the time.

The airshow, which moved to Farnborough in 1948 to become the now-famous Farnborough International Airshow, also took place in Radlett in 1947 and the shows have been marked as ‘remarkable’ for their time, because they featured the first jet aircraft.

Thousands of spectators watched on in disbelief because they were used to visibly seeing engines and propellers, yet now they were seeing jets zooming around the sky at unprecedented speeds. While jet noise is frowned upon today, in those days jet noise was considered thrilling – the louder, the better. 

In the black and white video, the narrator explains how experts from over 50 countries were also there examining every type of military and civil aircraft.

To view the fascinating footage here

Picture courtesy of British Pathe

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