Essex Military and Flying Machines Show relocates

The Essex Military and Flying Machines Show, hosted for a decade at Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster, will be moving to Maldon in Essex this August.

This is due to the new safety requirements imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) last year. New regulations mean it is no longer financially viable to hold the event in Upminster. Insurance costs have more than doubled for organisers of shows across the country following the Shoreham air crash in 2015 when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed on to the A27 in West Sussex, killing 11. Chairman of the Historic Military Vehicle Association, Colin Tebb, says: “This is our hobby, it is not a job and there is so much risk involved now. We have calculated it would cost about £12,000 for us to put on the airshow and that is before we bought any aircraft.

“Without an air show we have struggled to think of a reason why we need to stay at an airfield”. Instead, organisers will now put on the show in Maldon on August 12 and 13. pt Classic Military Vehicle