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RAFA Shoreham Airshow -For the past few years, Flightline UK has been proud to be involved with the RAFA Shoreham Airshow. There have been many highs and lows along the way, but the show has remained a firm fixture for 24 years and 2014 saw the event celebrate the 25th show. In this review, we look back at the past 12 months or so and how the 25th show developed into perhaps the most successful in the event's history. Flightline UK reports.
Bournemouth Air Festival - Closing the season of South Coast seaside airshows is the Bournemouth Air Festival which is now certainly the biggest event of its kind. Spread over four days, the Air Festival not only includes some great daytime flying displays, but also three "Night Air" flying displays and other entertainment. 2014 was the 7th edition of the event which provides the Dorset resort with it biggest tourist weekend of the year. Flightline UK reports.
RNAS Merryfield Open Evening - On a glorious summer evening the Royal Navy once again welcomed local communities to get a glimpse of what the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) does and what training is undertaken at this Satellite airfield. Lewis Gaylard reports from the opening day of the event. All photography by the author.
Dunsfold Wings and Wheels - 2014 sees the 10th Anniversary for Dunsfold Wings and Wheels. The show has grown into a major event on the UK airshow and historic motoring calendar and has also raised over £280,000 for national and local charities. 2014 proved to be a classic year for the event continuing its traditions of rare flypasts and some great flying in one of the friendliest atmospheres on the display circuit. Flightline UK reports.
Red Bull Air Race: Ascot - After a break of five years, the Red Bull Air Race returned to the UK at a new venue, the historic racecourse at Ascot in Berkshire. Since the sport's last venture in the UK along the River Thames in East London, the racing has evolved with new rules and much improved safety but has lost none of its drama and intrigue as the top 12 pilots in the world battle it out through the pylons. Flightline UK reports.
Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow - Eastbourne hit the headlines in August for all the wrong reasons when fire ripped through the inner third of the town's famous pier. However just a matter of days later, it became the venue for a very historic airshow occasion with the first public display by the pair of Avro Lancasters from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. The Lancasters were just one part of an airshow that has really grown in recent years into one of the best in the country. Flightline UK reports.
25th RAFA Shoreham Airshow Press Launch - The RAFA Shoreham Airshow celebrates its 25th year in 2014 with what promises to be the best event yet! Since it started, £1.9million has been raised by the volunteer team for the Royal Air Forces Association which in incredibly impressive considering the show started out as a small fete on a corner of the airfield. Flightline UK reports.
RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day - 2014 has been a big year for the Royal Navy. The 4th July saw the naming ceremony for the HMA Queen Elizabeth, the Navy's first of two new aircraft carriers. When they start flying from the ship in 2018 with the new F-35B Lightning II, it will be a significant boost to the UK's ability to project power around the world. The naming ceremony has a major impact on Air Day 2014. Firstly, a new date in late July was chosen so as not to clash with the ceremony and other big airshows and it also gave the show its major theme - Carrier Aviation. Flightline UK reports.
Farnborough International Airshow - PUBLIC DAYS - In the second of two reports from Farnborough, Flightline UK looks at what was on offer during the public shows at the weekend. Recent years have seen some big changes in the way aerospace companies and manufacturers have participated at Farnborough. In these financial strained times, companies can often spare the time or money to commit to a full seven days at Farnborough for their personnel and aircraft. That has often meant some disappointment for the public at the weekend with some of the more interesting aircraft failing to be on show, and exhibition stands left empty. In 2014, Farnborough re-launched the public weekend offering new and exciting ground shows plus an enhanced flying programme. Flightline UK reports.
Farnborough International Airshow - TRADE DAYS - Farnborough International Airshow is the biggest aviation trade event in the UK bringing together the world's aerospace companies to show off their wares to all their potential customers. 2014 saw some major changes to the event that split the event in two - the "Trade Week" and a very different "Public Airshow" at the weekend. In the first of two reports, Flightline UK looks the at the Trade part of the show and the participating aircraft that were on show.
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.