Author: Flightline UK

REVIEW: Abingdon Air & Country Show

2017 was year of change for The Abingdon Air and Country Show. The event from its traditional May Bank Holiday slot to mid-May and also changed its showground layout significantly by moving across the main runway to the Dalton Barracks side of the airfield. However what didn’t change was the great atmosphere and friendly feel to the event which is much more than just a flying display incorporating many elements from a local country show. However, the show was overshadowed by an incident in the flying display involving one of the aircraft of the Twister Aerobatics Team which made...

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AIRSHOW NEWS: Italians to whip up a storm at RAF Cosford Air Show

The flying display line-up for the RAF Cosford Air Show received yet another exciting boost this week, with the news that the Italian Air Force will be sending an A-200 Tornado to perform on Sunday 11th June! The Panavia Tornado is a swing-wing, combat aircraft, jointly developed by Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom in the 1970s. The Tornado will be familiar to many Air Show visitors, as the type is also flown by the Royal Air Force, but this will be the first time an Italian example, operated by 311º Flight Group, part of the Reparto Sperimentale Volo,...

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REVIEW: Shuttleworth Collection Season Premiere Airshow, Old Warden

The Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden once again took the honour of opening the UK Air Display Season with its Season Premiere. Despite some rather claggy conditions during the early morning, the cloud broke up leaving a blues skies and fluffy white clouds as the backdrop for the flying. The show celebrated the exploits of the record-breaking and legendary test pilot, Alex Henshaw. Paul Johnson/Flightline UK reports. All photography by the author. The ‘magic’ of Old Warden truly is something very special on the UK air display circuit. The beautiful rural backdrop of the aerodrome, the heady smell of...

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FEATURE: Blackbushe Festival of Flight Press Launch

2017 marks the 75th Anniversary of Blackbushe Airport in north-east Hampshire. Today the airport is a thriving centre for business and general aviation, but it has played important roles in military and humanitarian operations during its history. To mark this major anniversary, the airport plans to hold a major two-day event over the first week of July which will host a varied afternoon flying display supported by a host of activities on the ground. Paul Johnson/Flightline UK reports from the press launch. All photography by the author. Originally known as RAF Hartford Bridge, Blackbushe sits in the heathland just...

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AIRSHOW NEWS: P-51D ‘The Shark’, Rod Dean and Saffron Ales join Old Buckenham Airshow line-up

The Award Winning Old Buckenham Airshow; now featuring another fearsome iconic Warbird and some equally fearsome new beers. Old Buckenham Airfield is delighted to announce another extraordinarily rare new addition to its Airshow on the 29th and 30th July. For the first time, P51 Mustang “The Shark” will appear on both days. Operated by the Norwegian Spitfire Foundation and based with the storied Boultlbee Flying Academy at Goodwood, ‘The Shark’ gets its name from an extremely distinctive paint scheme on the nose of the aircraft; it bears the face of a Shark over the equally unusual RAF markings. An RAF marked North American fighter aircraft was a very unusual sight in...

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