The Flying Legends Air Show is famous the world over for its unique presentation of historic piston-engined aircraft in rare combinations and remarkable flying displays.
The Fighter Collection is delighted to announce the first confirmed aircraft taking part in the Flying Legends Air Show 2014, to whet your appetite for the fantastic flying that awaits you on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July.
The Breitling Super Constellation returns to the United Kingdom for the first time in a decade. It will display exclusively at the Flying Legends Air Show on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July.
Designed and built by the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation to a specification from the legendary Howard Hughes, the Constellation was the world’s first commercially successful pressurised airliner. It heralded a new post-war era of safe, comfortable and fast transatlantic air travel.
This graceful aircraft became synonymous with the halcyon days of the large propliner. It is widely regarded with awe and affection, as only a handful of Constellation aircraft remain airworthy today.
Not only will you see the Constellation take to the air at the Flying Legends Air Show, you’ll also be able to see it up close on static display and can even clamber onboard.
The Flying Bulls bring their immaculate Lockheed P-38 Lightning, North American B-25 Mitchell and Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair to the Flying Legends Air Show, having wowed the crowds with their stunning flying displays in recent years.
The Lockheed P-38 Lightning is a very rare aircraft. The Flying Bulls’ P-38 is the only one of its kind in Europe. It took four years to restore it to the pristine condition you can see it in today. It is one of the most beautiful and well-maintained Lightning aircraft that can be seen worldwide; a graceful aeroplane, both on the ground and in the air.
The Flying Bulls’ North American B-25J Mitchell is an example of the most frequently-built version of the B-25 Mitchell. Without a doubt one of the most beautiful aircraft of the North American fleet, the Flying Bulls’ Mitchell display is a highlight for fans of historic aircraft.
There are only 15 airworthy Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair aircraft in the world today. The prototype of the Corsair was developed in 1938. It was designed to reach maximum speed with minimal air resistance and was mainly used by the US Marine Corps and the US Navy during the Pacific War. Additional compartments were used to carry and drop bombs on enemy targets. After dropping the bombs, pilots still had a heavy fighter aircraft to control, but one with excellent performance and a top speed that was hard to beat at that time. During the Korean War, this model was still in use; one Corsair pilot famously outran a Soviet jet in a Corsair. This single-seat aerial masterpiece can be seen in full aerobatic mode at the Flying Legends Air Show.
You’ll also be able to get up close to these stunning aircraft on the flight line walk over the weekend.
The Fighter Collection presents its entire collection of historic aircraft at this year’s Flying Legends Air Show, including a Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat, which was built in 1948 and served with the US Navy until 1957; a Grumman Hellcat, the only example of its type flying outside the United States and one of the best carrier-borne aircraft of all time; a Grumman Wildcat FM2 which flew with No.846 Squadron of the Royal Navy during the Second World War; a Gloster Gladiator, the last biplane fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force; a rare Hawker Nimrod Mark I which flew with 802 Naval Air Squadron from 1930; a Curtiss Hawk 75, which was one of the first production batch of 100 aircraft sent to the French Air Force in 1939; a Curtiss P-40F Warhawk, one of only two airworthy examples of this type in the world and a Goodyear Corsair FG-1D, an original example of this type of aircraft, which has never undergone restoration and is one of the few Corsairs still flying with fabric wings.
The Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin Stiftung Foundation flies its Junkers Ju-52 and Messerschmitt Me-108 B1 Taifun to the Flying Legends Air Show from Germany.
The Foundation’s Junkers JU-52 embarked on its first flight in 1936 and spent almost 20 years transporting passengers between Germany and Norway. Its Messerschmitt Me-108 was used by the German Luftwaffe for courier flights and training.
Amicale Jean Baptiste SALIS will also present its Junkers Ju-52 at the Flying Legends Air Show; a rare showing of two Junker Ju-52 aircraft. This Ju-52 is one of the first CASA 352s built in Spain. The fuselage was manufactured in Germany by Junkers and the wings were manufactured by CASA in 1943. The fuselage was sent to Spain with 30 others, to join the assembly line. Following its decommission from military service, this Ju-52 was acquired by a British movie company, before being purchased and meticulously restored by Amicale Jean Baptiste SALIS in 1990.
Dakota Norway makes a welcome return to the Flying Legends Air Show with its Douglas C-53D–DO Dakota. This Dakota was delivered to the US Eighth Air Force on 8 October 1943 and participated in operations from October 1943 until 1945.
MaxAlpha Aviation will display its Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIIIc D-FEUR. It was built in 1944 in Southampton and was ferried by famous ATA girl Mary Wilkins-Ellis. In September 1944, the Spitfire was shipped to Australia where it arrived at the end of November and was stored. In 1948, it was assembled and used for system testing.
Also from MaxAlpha Aviation is the Chance Vought F4U-5NL Corsair, probably the last-surviving F4U-5NL which operated with the Flying Nightmares US Navy Marine squadron in the Korean War, and the North American T-51 Mustang D-FTSI which was delivered to the United States Air Force in 1950.
Also taking to the skies are the ever-popular B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane and Avro Lancaster.
Enhance your viewing enjoyment of these spectacular aircraft by purchasing a place in our seating enclosure. It costs £5 per seat, on a first-come, first served basis.
The 2014 Flying Legends Air Show illustration
For the first time, French illustrator Romain Hugault has been commissioned to provide the official image for the Flying Legends Air Show.
Romain Hugault is the son of a French Air Force Colonel. As a young boy, he was fascinated by aviation and gained his private pilot’s license at the age of 17. Co-owner of a small aeroplane that used to transport Field Marshal Alphones Juin during the Second World War, he spent a lot of time flying across France.
When torn between two career choices, that of aircraft pilot or artist, he found a happy medium and became a comic book illustrator with a focus on aviation.
His attention to detail has made his work highly respected within the worldwide aviation community. Romain always begins a comic book with a particular aircraft in mind; for example, his best seller The Grand Duke features, at the heart of the story, the Heinkel He-219.
On creating the artwork for the Flying Legends Air Show 2014, Romain said: “Creating the poster for the Flying Legends Air Show was a real honour. After being a visitor to the show for the last four years, I am delighted to be able to contribute to this fantastic event. I hope the public will like it.”
You can see more of Romain’s work at www.romainhugault.com. He’ll also be at the Flying Legends Air Show signing copies of his comic books.
Make your Flying Legends experience extra special
The Bremont Flight Lounge
Make your visit to the Flying Legends Air Show even more memorable by purchasing tickets to the exclusive Bremont Flight Lounge. In addition to entry to the Flying Legends Air Show and the whole museum, you’ll also receive priority car parking close to the Bremont Flight Lounge and access to a private luxury marquee and garden with unrivalled views of the thrilling flying display.
You’ll be offered coffee and biscuits on arrival and you’ll have access to the flight line walk from 9am to 12.30pm, where you can get a closer look at the stunning historic aircraft that will be participating in the afternoon’s flying display.
Following a drinks reception with canapés, you’ll enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch with a choice of red or white wine. Relax in our television viewing area and peruse the daily newspapers and magazines on offer, or pore over your complimentary Flying Legends Air Show souvenir programme.
There’s afternoon tea, a complimentary bar serving wine, beer and soft drinks, and private luxury toilets within the Bremont Flight Lounge enclosure.
Entry to the Bremont Lounge costs £225 plus VAT per person per day. To book tickets for the Bremont Flight Lounge please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gold Pass offers relaxed entertaining at its best. Enjoy a first-rate view of the flying action and access to our hospitality marquee, which will cater for all your refreshment needs. Choose a delicious dish from our in-house Gourmet Deli Bar or bring your own picnic lunch and relax in comfort as you enjoy the afternoon’s flying display.
You’ll have access to VIP parking, will receive a complimentary copy of the Flying Legends Air Show souvenir programme and will enjoy entry to the flight line walk. When the flying display commences, you’ll be at the heart of the action in our seated outdoor garden enclosure.
Due to popular demand, we’ve increased the capacity for Gold Pass this year.
Ticket Prices are:
One Day Gold Pass £80
One Day Gold Pass with lunch £111.50
Two Day Gold Pass £145
Two Day Gold Pass with lunch £208
Gold Pass tickets can be purchased online at iwm.org.uk or by calling our box office on 01223 499 353.