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Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford - This year's Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford celebrated the 50th Display Season of the Red Arrows as its main theme with a new three day format starting with a special public "Pit Day" on the Friday afternoon. Others themes included "Partnership" plus the 40th Anniversary of the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the Hawk jet. The event also saw participation from around the world with participants from Japan and the United States joining more familiar participating nations from Europe for the three day military aviation festival. Flightline UK reports.
RAF Waddington International Airshow - The second and biggest of the Royal Air Force airshows for 2014 was held at RAF Waddington in early July. The show has become incredibly popular attracting crowds over 150,000 over two days to the Lincolnshire station for the international air display. The show celebrated the 50th Display Season of the Red Arrows as well as the 65th Anniversary of NATO. As always there was also a theme on ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) which represents the day-to-day work of RAF Waddington. . Flightline UK reports.
Shuttleworth Collection Military Pageant - No airshow season could be complete without a visit to Old Warden. This year has seen another re-organisation of display dates so we've started our visits to Old Warden slightly late this year. The end of the June saw the first "Military Pageant" of the year timed to coincide with the National Armed Forces Day. The show not only featured the Collection's own superb collection of aircraft, but a large number of visiting acts which should have made it one of the best Shuttleworth Shows of recent years. However, some poor weather and other circumstances prevented the full plan coming together. Flightline UK reports.
Weston Air Festival - A new event that has emerged in the past couple of years is the Weston Air Festival. Held on the famous Weston-Super-Mare beaches, the event is the successor to the much loved "Heli-Days" events, but features a full flying display from a wide range of participants from the modern military right through to historic warbirds and classic jets. Flightline UK reports.
Biggin Hill Festival of Flight - Biggin Hill is perhaps one of the most famous airfields in the UK thanks to the station's important role in the Battle of Britain. In more recent years however, it was best known as an airshow venue hosting Battle of Britain Open Days and the incredible International Air Fair. However, that came to an end in 2010 as the airport management at the time chose to focus on its business aviation role. While 2011 saw a small community event with a minor flying display, 2014 truly marked the return of airshows to Biggin Hill with the Festival of Flight. Flightline UK reports.
RAF Cosford Air Show - 2014 sees just two official Royal Air Force airshows, the first of which is the RAF Cosford Air Show in Shropshire. Cosford is one of the West Midlands biggest public events and this year attracted a crowd of 55,000 spectators. The flying and static displays primarily focus on the UK armed forces, but the show always features a wide range of historic and civilian acts too. As always the show marked several themes which this year included RAF Photographic Reconnaissance, the Centenary of the outbreak of World War One and 50 Years since the Hawker Kestrel FGA1's first flight. Flightline UK reports.
Folkestone Airshow - Folkestone returned as an airshow venue in 2014 with a new event based back on the Leas, the traditional spot for the famous Shepway Festival Airshow. This new event was put together by a new company, Open Air Promotions, who have been very busy in the last year fund-raising to get the event off the ground. The Air Displays which featured a wide range of military and civilian operated aircraft were just part of a wider event that also featured evening concerts and fireworks displays held over two days. Flightline UK reports.
Royal International Air Tattoo Media Launch, RAF Fairford - The Royal International Air Tattoo 2014 is shaping up to be one of the most memorable events of the year, not least because the show will see the official celebrations of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team's 50th Display Season. The show also has a global significance this year as it hosts the international debut of the F-35B Lightning II 'Joint Strike Fighter' which for many air forces represents the future of air power. These and the other major headline themes and latest achievements of the Air Tattoo and its parent charity, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust were unveiled at the event Media Launch on the 4th June. Flightline UK reports.
D-Day Anniversary Air Show, IWM Duxford - On the 6th June 1944, the allied nations landed on the Normandy Beaches within a small window of favourable weather to change the course of the Second World War. Just less than 70 years later, the D-Day Anniversary Air Show at the Imperial War Museum Duxford found itself in a similar weather window to commemorate the actions of the soldiers, airman and sailors that executed the landings against the odds. Flightline UK reports.
Biggin Hill Festival of Flight Press Launch - The famous Battle of Britain airfield Biggin Hill returns to the display circuit this year. The Festival of Flight is a brand new event aimed at the local Kent community, but will bring together many of the UK's best display acts as well as the Red Arrows who will be celebrating their 50th display season at the venue where they first appeared in the UK. The event was launched on the 30th May with the RAF Tucano Display Team and a pair of warbirds from the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar. Also flying in for the oocasion was Henry Price, one of the original members of the Red Arrows who gave their debut at Biggin Hill in 1965. Flightline UK reports.
Breitling Heroes Airshow, RFC Rendcomb - RFC Rendcomb, home of the AeroSuperBatics and the Breitling Wingwalkers, was the venue for a very exclusive charity airshow in Mid-May. Organised by Vic and Anne Norman, the show featured many of the best known display acts from the UK and Europe with aircraft ranging from beautiful 1930’s airliners to the latest aerobatic marvels and jet formation teams. The show even featured a high octane twist with a guest wingwalker taking to the skies on the wing of a Stearman. Flightline UK reports.
Farnborough International Airshow Media Launch - “Farnborough” is the best known brand in the airshow industry. The 7 day event is a major shop window for the global aerospace industry and as such attracts major players from the aerospace, defence and space industries. The weekend public days are also a major attraction in their own right. 2014 sees a major step change for the event with some important debutant aircraft, new facilities and a completely new look for the public weekend. Flightline UK reports.
RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day Press Launch - RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day is always one of the highlights of the display season and 2014 promises to a very special event which will very much be focussed on naval aviation as the Royal Navy works towards the introduction into service of the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers. Flightline UK reports.
Abingdon Air and Country Show - The traditional season opening event is the Abingdon Air and Country Show held at the former RAF airfield just south of Oxford. Now in its 15th year, the show has grown from a small fly-in held as part of a country fair into a major flying display. The event has always been run in support of local charities and since 2000 has raised a staggering £57,288 with over £42,000 of that total going to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance since 2007! Flightline UK reports.
Sywell Aviation Museum Grand Opening - Easter Saturday marked the Grand Opening of the Sywell Aviation Museum for the 2014 season. Each year the Museum marks its opening with in great style with visiting military vehicles and a flying display. This year was a particularly special year for the Museum which officially unveiled and re-dedicated the refurbished airfield memorial and also celebrated the 60th Birthday of its resident Hawker Hunter F.Mk.2 ‘Heidi.’ Flightline UK reports.
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.