The annual Kemble Air Show has always been a real highlight of the airshow season. 2009 saw the event expanded into a two day event for the first time. Not only did mean the crowds were spread over two days, but it also meant that more displays could be accomodated with different displays on each day.
The weather for both days of the event was rather cloudy and grey and this does tell in the some of the quaility of the filming with some quite dark images and plenty of sillouettes. However, this does not detract from Planes TV pleasing style of filming with the minimal use of commentary and music to augment the flying displays. As ever, the flying displays are captured well from different vantage points. Unlike other productions, there is a noticable absence of interviews which is slightly dissappointing considering the number of really interesting types on show – particularly the rarely seen classic jets (Venoms, Meteors, Hunter etc.) and Kemble interesting residents.
The only onboard footage (and the interactive section) features Neil MacCarthy’s Jet Provost T3. The angle used inthis production is much better than that of the Abingdon footage and a real pilots eye view of the displays (and a Garmin GPS!) As ever, this is a good record of the day but it does lack some of the more in-depth footage of some of Planes TV’s other productions.