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Abingdon Air & Country Show - The Abingdon Air & Country Show for many military and civilian display teams marks the start of the airshow season. Held at the former RAF airfield, which is now Dalton Barracks, the show has grown significantly in the past few years into a major event. 2013 saw the show overcome a lack of military participation to present a superb afternoon of aerial entertainment in some warm sunshine. Flightline UK reports.
Shuttleworth May Flying Evening - Less than a week after the opening flying display of the season at Old Warden, the Shuttleworth Collection held its first Evening Flying Display of the year. In your authors opinion these are the best events of the year as they really showcase the magic of the collection and provide a very relaxing and different flying display experience for visitors Flightline UK reports.
Shuttleworth April Flying Day -Opening the 2013 display season was the rather understatedly titled “April Flying Day” at Old Warden. The Shuttleworth Collection have reshaped their display calendar for the year with just three full flying evenings and an increased number of daytime events. 2013 is a milestone year for the collection which celebrates it's 50th year of air displays from the Bedfordshire Aerodrome. Flightline UK reports.
RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day Press Launch - This week saw the launch of the 2013 RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day under some welcome warm blue skies. There were flying displays from the Black Cats Display Team, a Piston Provost and a role demo from a pair of Sea King HC4 and Royal Marines. This year’s event is certainly promising to be a memorable one with some exciting participation from across Europe and the Middle East already confirmed for the flying display and new attractions on the ground. Flightline UK reports.
Sywell Aviation Museum Grand Opening 2013 - The airshow season may still be a little while off, but the Easter holidays were marked with a few museum events that featured flying displays. One of these was the 2013 Grand Opening of the Sywell Aviation Museum in Northamptonshire. Flightline UK reports.
PREVIEW FEATURE: 'A Musical Salute to the Few', Biggin Hill - Saturday 17th August will see the skies over Biggin Hill play host to Spitfires and Hurricanes in a unique salute to the ‘Few’ with music from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. Alongside them will be singers, actors, special effect and big screens showing still and video archive footage. At the heart of action will be the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, now established as one of the leading collections of historic Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft. Flightline UK reports.
RAF Northolt Nightshoot XIV - ‘Nightshoots’ have become very popular in the last few months, but their popularity really started with the RAF Northolt. On the 14th March, the station held its 14th Nightshoot organised by Phil Dawe and his team which included a superb line-up of rare military and civilian aircraft from the UK and Europe. Flightline UK reports.
Lightning Preservation Group Nightshoot, Bruntingthorpe - It may be a little under two months until the airshow season kicks off, but for aviation photographers there are now a number of events throughout the year on which you can satisfy your need for an aviation fix. For many years, the Lightning Preservation Group at Bruntingthorpe have run spectacular twilight engine runs, but to start their 2013 they ran their first dedicated Nighttime photoshoot around their restored Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Sheds. Flightline UK reports.
20th Malta International Airshow - The Malta International Airshow has been high on the ‘must get to’ airshows for Flightline UK for some time and 2012 seemed to be the most apt year for a visit. 2012 marks the 70th Anniversary of the awarding of the George Cross to the Island of Malta following the gallantry shown by the islanders during the siege by Axis powers in the Second World War. 2012 also marked the 20th Ediion of the Malta International Airshow. The annual airshow on the island has a reputation for bringing in some very unique participants from across Europe and beyond making a must attend event for many enthusiasts. Flightline UK reports
36th International Sanicole Airshow - The International Sanicole Airshow is one of the biggest and longest running civilian organised airshows in Europe. It is also the only civilian run airshow in Belgium. In many ways Sanicole is at the centre of the airshow scene. The airshow is a key member of the European Airshow Council and does much of the organisation for the annual EAC convention which is held in Belgium in February. 2012 saw the 36th running of the event which celebrated its links of Swiss Chronograph manufacturer Breitling and also ‘Duo’ display items.
Flygfesten 2012, Dala-Järna - Flygfesten held at Dala-Järna is one of the best kept secrets on the European Airshow Calendar. The show is not held for profit, but to promote the activities of the Västerdalarnas Aeroclub and the wider aviation community in Sweden. It has become one of the largest civilian run airshows in Nothern Europe. The event not only features some of the best flying displays from across Europe and beyond covering all facets of aviation, but transforms at night to become a very entertaining music festival. Flygfesten is only held once every three years but has an immense following attracting over 45,000 spectators over the two days. While the airshow is the main focus of the event, entertainment continues long into the night on Friday and Saturday with live music and funfair. Flightline UK reports.