Fun Day and Air Show @ London City Airport (4 Jul; 2.30pm – 6.30pm)

July 4, 2009


Enjoy London’s only air show and a  fun-filled sporting themed event.

London City Airport’s 13th annual Fun Day and Air Show is on 4 July 2009 – its free and will be filled with exciting activities for the entire family, and will be raising funds for Richard House Children’s Hospice – a charity dedicated to local life-limited children and young adults.

  • Try your hand at basketball, football, taekwondo and rowing
  • An inflatable area provides fun and frolics with sumo wrestling, strong man strikers, gyroscopes and a soft play area for our younger visitors
  • A bungee trampoline and climbing wall will challenge the more adventurous along with a boxing ring and capoeira workshops
  • A 50 metre sports track will offer opportunities to compete in traditional sports day activities including egg and spoon, sack and three legged races
  • Also try your talents in javelin, shot put, and other sporting activities with elite coaches on the lookout for talented young sports people
  • Coaches from West Ham United Football Club will provide training sessions to people of all ages
  • Barclays Bank provides an inflatable football pitch to demonstrate newly-learnt skills
  • The London Borough of Newham will host educational fun and entertainment to the event with face painters, badge making stations, instrument making, a cycle simulator and lots more.
  • British Airways will offer visitors the chance to go on board an aircraft –  have a a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the cockpit of an Avro RJ100 or RJ85. With two aircraft de-icers on hand for kids to enjoy and an assortment of activities including a mobile simulator, customer service interactive sessions and the opportunity to dress up in BA uniforms, the British Airways village will undoubtedly be the highlight of the day
  • Two land trains will chug along the entire event space, sponsored by the Docklands Light Railway.

One of the main highlights of the afternoon is the jaw dropping air show.  The only air show in London will have everyone looking up to skies to watch an array of aircraft performing breathtaking stunts.   The air show will see the return of some old favourites taking to the East London skies along with some new dynamic displays:

  • Hurricane XII Z5140,a World War 2 fighter aircraft. The Hurricane played a crucial role in the defence of England and will perform an unforgettable aerobatic display at the Fun Day
  • The Swift Aerobatic glider is the strongest, loose aerobatic glider ever built, with an unparalleled roll rate. The engineless glider is towed into the air until it reaches release altitude. Once the glider is in position it is let loose to begin its incredible solo manoeuvres and to create coloured smoke patterns in the sky. Watch out for the landing as with no engine the pilot will only get one shot at getting it right!
  • Piloted by Carolyn Grace, a rare two seater Spitfire ML407 will perform a skilful array of aerobatic and formation stunts at the London City Airport keeping the crowds looking to the skies for more.
  • Using a 180hp engine, the Pitts Special aerobatic biplane will take to the skies at the Fun Day offering a display of stunning sequence tumbles and remarkable low level aerobatics.
  • Dennis Kenyon’s jaw dropping Aerobatic Helicopter Display is guaranteed to have you peeking through the gaps of fingers! An ex Royal Air Force fixed wing pilot, with over 30 years of experience, Dennis has performed daredevil stunts for many blockbuster films including Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down and Goldeneye.
  • The CAP 232 is a premiere aerobatic aircraft which is considered to be the best aerobatic aircraft in the world. The Cap 232 is piloted by Richard Pickin from Bermondsey who learnt to fly at Biggin Hill when he was 15 and has won most UK major competitions over the years. He has accumulated 1500 hours total flying most of it upside down!
  • The Great War Display Team will recreate an exhilarating dog fight formation display using World War I replica aircraft. Four aircraft will tussle in the sky for control of the air. In the make believe fight bombs are dropped and aircraft are shot down departing the skies with trailing smoke.

Free entry

The airport is located in the Royal Docks part of the London Borough of Newham, just two miles from the site of the 2012 Olympic Games.