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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
Bournemouth Air Festival- The Bournemouth Air Festival has rapidly become one of the biggest and best seaside airshows in the UK since it started in 2008. Held long Bournemouth’s sandy beaches between Boscombe and Bournemouth Piers the show has attracted over 1.3million over four days at past events. It is also more of the more innovative events with air displays, concerts and other entertainment that runs right into the evening making the Air Festival a very complete package for the town’s visitors. Flightline UK reports
RAFA Shoreham Airshow- The Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Shoreham Airshow has seen a great many changes over the past 12 months. Despite the passing of the two co-founders of the event, Don Bean and Peter Eager, the volunteers from the RAFA’s Shoreham-by-Sea branch have been determined to carry on the spirit of this great event. 2013 is a very important year for RAFA which is celebrating its 70th Anniversary and the show no only marked this important milestone, but also other “70ths” – the 70th Anniversary of 617 Squadron and Ruhr Dams Raid and the arrival of the United States Army Air Force 8th Air Force in the UK. . Flightline UK reports
Dunsfold Wings and Wheels- Dunsfold Wings and Wheels is an event that just keeps getting better and better each year. Organised by the company which now owns the former British Aerospace airfield in Surrey, the show presents an incredible mix of aviation and motoring for a relaxed entertaining family day out. Even better, the event benefits local and national charities which this year included the Brooklands Museum Trust and Help for Heroes. Since 2005, the event has raised over £250,000 for various charities. Flightline UK reports
Airbourne, Eastbourne International Airshow- 2013 saw Eastbourne celebrate the 21st Airbourne, the town’s very own International Airshow. Airbourne has established itself as one of the top airshows in the UK with four days of flying featuring military and civilian displays from across Europe. 2013 was also special as Airbourne was selected as the airshow to launch Disney’s latest animation, “Planes.” Flightline UK reports
On Your Mark,s Bruntingthorpe- Bruntingthorpe Proving Grounds and Aerodrome may be best known as the home to the Cold War Jets Museum and the Lightning Preservation Group, but it also holds a number of other events during the year including ‘On Your Marks,’ a major private event for the employees of ASDA supermarket which raises money for charity. While it is predominately a motoring event with arena displays and rides in supercars, ASDA Lorries and other weird and wonderful machinery the event also includes a significant aviation element with a lunch-time flying display. Flightline UK reports
25th Sunderland International Airshow- The Sunderland International Airshow is one of the biggest airshows of the year, and is certainly one of the biggest public events in the North East. 2013 saw the 25th event and the newly formed Sunderland Live company certainly went to town to celebrate this milestone with an expanded Friday Evening Launch party and a great selection of acts from across the UK and Europe. Flightline UK reports
RNAS Culdrose Air Day- With the 60th anniversary of Royal Navy Search and Rescue being celebrated in 2013, it was very fitting that RNAS Culdrose, home of 771 SAR Naval Air Squadron (NAS), returned to the UK air show calendar after a Year’s absence. Lewis Gaylard reports from Cornwall.
Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford - REVIEW - The Royal International Air Tattoo is by far the biggest airshow of the year in terms of aircraft participation and scale of the airfield showground. The show attracts military participation from across the globe not only for the seven and half hour flying display, but also an extensive static display that stretches for nearly two miles. 2013 saw the Air Tattoo face several challenges due to the volatile nature of defence budgets but still managed to produce the outstanding highlight of the aviation year. Flightline UK reports
Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford - EXTENDED HIGHLIGHTS - It is impossible to include every aircraft that appeared at the Royal International Air Tattoo in the main review so here is a look back at some of the many static display and support aircraft that attended this year’s Air Tattoo over the three arrivals days, two show days and departures day.