• Carol Vorderman Bomber Command Memorial Patron and RAF Benevolent Fund supporter attends the Best of British Show launch at Cotswold Airport
  • Carol takes to the air in a British Bulldog aerobatic aircraft for her first ever flying lesson with top stunt pilot Mark Greenfield.
  • The Best of British Show is a brand new two-day family show celebrating all that is British for the Jubilee year on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th August Bank Holiday.

Best of British

Carol Vorderman Bomber Command Memorial Patron prepared for The Queen’s unveil of the Bomber Command Memorial today by attending the Best of British Show launch at Cotswold Airport, Gloucestershire for their chosen charity the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Carol combined the media launch of the Best of British Show (taking place on August Bank Holiday Sunday 26th – Monday 27th) with her first ever flying lesson with Mark Greenfield, top stunt pilot.

Mark Greenfield, display pilot and CEO of Advanced Flight Safety School Ultimate High said Carol had a natural aptitude for flying and aerobatics: “Carol flew the take off herself and was taught to fly a variety of aerobatic figures inlcuding the loop and aileron roll. I am sure she will embrace the mental and physical challenges of becoming a private pilot and I have invited her to come and learn aerobatics with me when she has her PPL,” he added.

Flight Lieutenant Phil Bird, Hawk Display Pilot 2012, flew into Cotswold Airport for the Official unveiling of the RAF Hawk 2012’s specially branded aircraft in patriotic Union Jack colour scheme to launch the brand new Best of British Show:

“I feel honoured to fly such an iconic RAF Aircraft bearing the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund colours – it’s a perfect combination in this Jubilee year.  We need to support our wider RAF family and flying the Heart Roundel logo at air shows such as the Best of British Show helps raise awareness of the great work the charity does.

“The Best of British Show is the perfect round up to a patriotic year following The Queen’s Jubilee and London 2012 Olympics,” Ft Lt Phil Bird added.

The Best of British Show is expected to attract over 20,000 visitors andwill combine the most iconic of British culture, inventions, entertainment, food and drink taking place at Cotswold Airport, Gloucestershire.

Carol Vorderman is a big supporter of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, particularly through the charity’s role as Guardian of the new Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park. Carol will host the ‘Big Salute’ area of the Memorial unveiling event attended by Her Majesty The Queen next week and is keen to highlight the role that Bomber Command veterans played in defending our freedom.
As the RAF’s leading welfare charity, the RAF Benevolent Fund cares for Serving personnel as well as veterans, which chimes strongly with Carol’s well-known support for the armed forces.

Cerys Truman, Regional Fundraiser for the RAF Benevolent Fund said: “We are delighted that the RAF Hawk Display Team and the Best of British Show are showing such wonderful support to the RAF Benevolent Fund and we are truly honoured to have been selected as their chosen charity for 2012.”

The Best of British Show offers a fun packed two days out for families. In the morning of each day, a show arena will entertain animal lovers with the Lamb National, Lurcher and Ferret Racing, Birds of Prey demonstrations and an interactive wildlife zoo featuring meerkats, rabbits, reptiles and spiders. Visitors can also enter into a dogs show in aid of the Dogs Trust with popular categories including ‘most appealing eyes’.

In the afternoon of each day, flying the British flag during a three hour air display will be the Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Spitfire, RAF Hawk and RAF Tucano Display Teams, Ultimate High Extra300 aerobatics, Tiger Moths and much more.

Scenic pleasure flights will be on offer with Classic Flights in the graceful de Havilland Dragon Rapide, while helicopter flights are available with HH Helicopters.

On the sound stage Cotswolds local band The Outcast and 1940s trio The Three Belles will perform, while classic cars and vintage military vehicles will be on display representing the British love of vehicles. To top it all off visitors can browse the trade and craft fair for locally sourced organic crafts and enjoy an afternoon cream tea, Pimms or English beer before a spin around the traditional British funfair.

The Best of British Show will be supporting four charities over the weekend; The RAF Benevolent Fund, Fly2Help, Help for Heroes and the Dogs Trust.