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A SPECTACULAR display of aerobatics, watched by about 300 people, commemorated a young pilot five years after his death.
The air show, at White Waltham airfield, featuring some World War Two aircraft, took place in front of a large audience on Friday evening.
A hurricane and spitfire were among the planes on display.
Marlow resident James Beagley was killed, aged 34, in a mid-air collision near Coventry Airport in 2008.
He was one of five people who perished as two aircraft collided.
Friends of the popular pilot have been marking the anniversary of his death each year since with a social night and air display at White Waltham, near Maidenhead.
Organiser and friend Alex Smee, who also flew on the night, said: "Initially we did it just as a gathering of friends in his memory. This is now the fifth year we've done it.
"People know it's a good event to come to at this time of year and the club lends itself to a good place to have a knees up.
"Essentially, though everyone knows we do it for Jim and it's all about that. It (the turn out) does show what a popular bloke he was."
Friends came from as far away as South Africa to attend.
"Friends of Jim have made the extra effort to be here," Mr Smee, who lives in Berkshire, said.
Jim would be choked to be honest, even if it was 20 turned up to have a beer for him, so to see loads and loads of people he never knew or never met and to have a bit of flying as well, it's perfect for him."
Though time has elapsed, his death is still quite raw, he said. He said: "It's all still quite fresh, like with anyone close who has died. I can't believe it's five years ago."
Mr Smee and fellow organiser Ed Yard met James when working at the airfield in their twenties in the early 1990s and they all shared a house together.
Mr Yard, who travelled from Hong Kong to attend, said: "A lot of people all make the effort, I wouldn't say anyone lives locally. I assume about 40 per cent have at least a one or two mile drive.
"I think Jimbo would've been pretty choked up that the RAF lobbed in a couple of her Majesty's aeroplanes for the evening as well. Jim would've loved to have been here.
"If in ten year's time five or ten of us come down and have a beer to think of Jim that will be just as good."
Money was raised on the night for Thames Valley Air Ambulance, with the figure closing on £1,000.
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The organisers thanked the West London London Aero Club for allowing the use of the site and all the pilots who entertained the crowds for free.
THE father of James Beagley has renewed his call for young pilots to take up a scholarship in his memory.
Alan Beagley, in his 60s, of Strathcona Close, Flackwell Heath, set up a fund for aspiring flyers but has only had one graduate since.
The scheme has struggled to attract new recruits, to Mr Beagley's bemusement.
Mr Beagley said: "I find it a bit bewildering. We want to help a young pilot to realise their ambition to get their licence.
"I thought we'd have a queue of people around the block but it's not happened."
The scheme was set up to help young pilots on their first steps to a Commercial Pilots Licence and helps recruits finance their training.
Mr Beagley and family including James's mum Liz Hopkins and his brother, Neal, attended the fly past.
He was extremely happy with the occasion to mark his son's passing.
Although he admitted it is always a conflict of emotions, he said: "I was delighted with the eve, it was great.
"I think everybody there was thoroughly enjoying themselves. I spoke to Bruce Hutton, who was a big mentor for Jamie, and he said this occasion, now an annual event, is the best social event the club has, including members day, and he really looks forward to it.
"So, that really ticked a box for me. For someone like Bruce Hutton to say that means a great deal to me."
For more details about the scholarship call 07786011991, email email@example.com or visit http://jbscholarship.org
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