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20 More Years of the Buccaneer - The Blackburn Buccaneer had a long successful career as a low-level subsonic strike aircraft in service with the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force plus the South African Air Force. As is so often the way, it was not until the eve of retirement that the aircraft was truly used in anger supporting Panavia Tornado GR1 strikes in the 1991 Gulf War. The type was eventually retired from RAF service in March 1994 when 208 Squadron disbanded. To mark the 20th Anniversary of the retirement, The Buccaneer Aviation Group (TBAG) based at Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire organised a special day based around their two ‘live’ examples of the breed plus some invited visitors. Flightline UK reports.
RAF Northolt Nightshoot XVI - Always offering a good aviation fix in the off-season, the RAF Northolt “Night-shoots” often bring together some very rare aircraft under the unique photographic conditions of the floodlights attached to 32 Squadron’s main hangar complex. “Nightshoot XVI” was not without its own story though. Flightline UK reports.
RAF Cosford Air Show Press Launch - The end of March saw the organisers of the RAF Cosford Air Show launch their 2014 at the Shropshire airfield. 2013 was a very successful year for Cosford raising over a third of a million pounds for charity and welcoming 65,000 spectators on Air Show day. The 2014 event promises to be an even more exciting event celebrating a number of themes both in the air and on the ground. Flightline UK reports.
Al Ain Aerobatic Show - The Al Ain Aerobatic Show returned in 2013 following a brief hiatus which has seen the event switch from its more usual January date by 11 months to early December. This change brings the show in-line with the United Arab Emirates National Day on the 2nd December and the show was Al Ain’s main public celebration of this important date. The Aerobatic Show brings together various displays acts from around the world and this year was no different with the growing home contingent joined by displays acts from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the United States and a very extensive range of acts from the UK including the Typhoon and Red Arrows, both on a winter tour of the Middle East supporting British industry. Flightline UK reports.
RAF Northolt Nightshoot XV - The second of RAF Northolt’s 2013 “Nightshoots” was held on the 17th October. As ever, the event brought together an excellent array of rare aircraft underneath the powerful floodlights of the new hangar complex at the North London airfield. It was an event of “hellos” and “goodbyes” as some aircraft made their nightshoot debuts while others were making possibly their final ever public appearance. Flightline UK reports.
Duxford Autumn Air Show - The Imperial War Museum Duxford has been organising airshows for 40 years. They started with an Air Day on October 14th 1973 and grown to be amongst the best regarded airshow venues in the world. This year’s Autumn Air Show celebrated those 40 years featuring some of the aircraft and people that have played their part in Duxford’s rich and varied airshow history. Flightline UK reports.
Shuttleworth October Flying Day- The penultimate air display of the season is the Old Warden October Flying Day. Blessed with some of the best weather of the year, this Flying Day presented a very wide cross section of flying from the Edwardians period right through to the 1950s and the Jet Age. The show also included some great visiting displays highlighting the world of autogyros and unlimited aerobatics. Flightline UK reports.
Brooklands Museum Aviation Day- Brooklands maybe famous as a cradle of British Motorsport, but the site near Weybridge is Surrey is an important landmark in British aviation history too. Legendary aircraft such as the Hawker Hurricane, Vickers Wellington and Vickers VC-10 were developed and flown from the site before it was finally closed at the end of the 1980s. Today the Brooklands Museum keeps the Spirit of Motorsport and pioneering Aviation alive with a fantastic Museum which held its annual “Aviation Day” on the 28th September. Flightline UK reports.
37th International Sanicole Airshow- The 2013 International Sanicole Airshow was the only major air display to be held in Belgium this year. Sanicole remains the country’s only civilian run airshow and 2013 has seen the Belgian military take a break from organising their own event in preparation for a very large event at Kleine Brogel next year. Despite the relatively small airfield, the show brings together an amazing international air display involving military and civilian display acts from across Europe and beyond for a spectacular eight hour flying display. Flightline UK reports.
4th Sanicole Sunset Airshow- The International Sanicole Airshow is always one of the major highlights of the European Airshow Calendar. Based at a small general aviation airfield just outside the town of Leopoldsburg, the event is one of the most varied and international air displays in the world bring together a wealth of military and civilian participants. The main show is held on the Sunday of the weekend, but as a prelude the event also runs the Sanicole Sunset Airshow on the proceeding Friday which is biggest of its kind of in Europe. Flightline UK reports with video highlights from the Sanicole Media Team.
Duxford Air Show- Billed in the pre-show publicity material as Duxford's annual family Air Show, “The Duxford Air Show” presented a very varied range of aircraft both historic and modern over the two days. Unlike the majority of the IWM organised airshows, this year's September Air Show did not have any specific theme either but that did not stop the airshow attracting some very interesting and rare displays from the UK and Europe. Flightline UK reports