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AIRSHOW NEWS: Bronco Demo Team set to excel at Waddington again

17 April 2014

The RAF Waddington International Air Show 2014 will mark a number of significant anniversaries this year, celebrating the rich history of aviation in the UK and a number of nationally significant events. One that is close to the organising team’s hearts and perhaps not as widely known will be the return of one particular team.

The OV-10B Bronco Demo Team is a group of enthusiastic people who aim to demonstrate this unique aircraft type to the public. The North American Aviation Rockwell OV-10 Bronco is a turboprop light attack and observation aircraft. It was developed in the 1960s for counter insurgency (COIN) combat. One of its primary missions was as a forward air control (FAC) aircraft in the Vietnam War.

Based at Kortrijk-Wevelgem airport in Belgium, the Team is centrally located in the heart of Europe. The OV-10 Bronco display pilot, Tony De Bruyn, is the driving force behind the project. Passionate about aviation since his early boyhood, Tony has been professionally involved in aviation since leaving school. A CPL(A) holder with over 4000 flying hours to his credit, he loves displaying the Bronco and showing the airplane to its best advantage; a rugged performer with awesome agility and fully aerobatic.

The Bronco Demo Team are returning to RAF Waddington following challenging times. On the 10th July 2012, just 9 days after the air show at RAF Waddington, Tony De Bruijn, was practicing his display routine over Kemble airfield in Gloucestershire, when the Bronco crashed and caught fire. Tony De Bruijn was badly injured with burns bur despite his injuries and with the support of his family and his loyal team, Tony has battled to make it back into the air, returning triumphantly to the controls earlier this year. Over the past 18 months and incredible amount of restoration work has made huge progress getting the Bronco ready for this year’s air show season.

Tony De Bruijn from the Bronco team said:
“We are back! Following a challenging last two years Bronco Demo Team are very glad and honoured indeed to return to the RAF Waddington International Air Show with our newly restored Bronco. We are looking forward to meeting, talking and thanking the many, many people who have encouraged and supported us so well over the recent testing times.”

Charles Skiera, the Deputy Display Coordinator said: ‘It is a great privilege to welcome the return of Tony, the Bronco, and the team back to Waddington. The team’s achievements, drive and personal determination to succeed in the face of such adversity is astounding. Their willingness to support the show both in the past and future is great and we are truly glad to see the team continue to prosper’.

This year’s RAF Waddington International Air Show will celebrate a number of milestones in the RAF history, including the Red Arrows’ 50th Display Season, 65th Anniversary of NATO, 70 years since the D-Day Landings and commemoration of the start of the First World War. Ticket sales began in November and are showing over 30% increase in sales from this time last year. For more information about the show, to book admission tickets or enclosure seats go to

AIRSHOW NEWS: Air Tattoo makes Aviation History

AVIATION history will be made in the UK this summer when, in a major airshow ‘first’, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the Joint Strike Fighter, makes its much-anticipated European debut.

This hugely important multi-role combat aircraft, which has never before been seen outside of the US, will display at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 11-13.

Three examples of the F-35B, the short take-off/vertical landing version of the Lightning II optimized for operation from austere bases and smaller ships, will be based at RAF Fairford: two from the US Marine Corps and one destined for the UK. The flying displays on all three days of the airshow, will see participation by one aircraft.

The aircraft’s appearance at Fairford will allow a whole new audience to see at close quarters this highly advanced multi-role platform, which, in F-35B form, will demonstrate the ‘hover’ capability required for operation from, for example, Britain’s forthcoming new aircraft carriers.

Its appearance at RAF Fairford in July will be the latest in a long list of legendary military aircraft that have made their UK debut at the Air Tattoo. These have included the F-14 Tomcat in 1976, the MiG-23 in 1991, the Typhoon in 1995 and the V-22 Osprey in 2006.

Air Tattoo Chief Executive Designate, Andy Armstrong said: “Not only will people witness aviation history being made at the Air Tattoo this summer but they will also see a breath-taking demonstration of the future of combat aviation. Those people who, like me, enjoyed seeing the legendary Harrier display its hovering capabilities in the past will relish the opportunity to see its state-of-the-art successor.”

In the words of Lockheed Martin, the F-35B combines for the first time ‘the most lethal fighter characteristics: supersonic speed, radar-evading stealth, extreme agility and short take-off/vertical landing capability.’

The stealthy Lightning II is a vital aircraft for the air arms of the nine countries who have, thus far, signed up to become part of the programme: apart from the US and UK, also involved are Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Turkey.

The type is rapidly entering service with the US Air Force in CTOL (conventional take-off and landing) F-35A guise, and with the US Marine Corps in F-35B form. The UK plans to procure 138 F-35Bs for joint operation by the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, and has begun pilot and maintainer training on the aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The F-35 will, in future, become a common sight in our skies – but it will perform its first international display at this summer’s Air Tattoo.

The Air Tattoo is staged annually in support of the RAF Charitable Trust. Tickets for the event are only available in advance. Specially-priced Earlybird tickets for this summer’s Air Tattoo, on July 11-13, are available until May 31 from or by calling 0800 107 1940. All accompanied under-16s go free. Free parking.

AIRSHOW NEWS: F-35 Lightning II jet to make maiden British flights at Air Tattoo and Farnborough

16 April 2014


The combat aircraft will fly in Britain for the first time this summer at 2 airshows.

The F-35 Lightning II will make its international debut in July at the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford and in the same month will also fly at the Farnborough International Air Show.

This will be the first time the combat aircraft has flown outside of the United States. The selection of 2 UK airshows demonstrates the significant role that Britain has in the programme. Approximately 15% of every aircraft is built in the UK.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

“The US and the UK have worked closely together on the F-35 project from the beginning. We are the only country that is a Level 1 partner in the project, which is sustaining tens of thousands of jobs in the UK.”

“This fifth generation stealth combat aircraft will be a major boost to British combat air power and it is entirely fitting that the F-35’s first stop outside the United States will be in the UK – its second home.”

The MOD has 3 aircraft which are all currently based in the US undertaking training with Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pilots. Orders for further aircraft will be placed over the next few years.

The UK’s first operational Lightning II squadron, 617 Squadron, is scheduled to transition to RAF Marham in Norfolk from the US in 2018 ahead of flight trials of the Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier later that year.

The F-35 Lightning II will be capable of undertaking a wide range of operations from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions to high intensity combat, including air defence for a Carrier Task Group and offensive support for ground forces.

The Royal International Air Tattoo is open to the public from 11-13 July and Farnborough International Air Show is open to trade visitors from 14-18 July and open to the public 19-20 July.


RED BULL AIR RACE: Duel continues: Arch beats Bonhomme in Rovinj

13 April 2014

Cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd, Hannes Arch of Austria rallied from behind to upset Red Bull Air Race World Championship leader Paul Bonhomme of Britain.

ROVINJ (Croatia) – Austria’s Hannes Arch came from behind to beat defending champion Paul Bonhomme in a riveting final in the second stop of the eight-leg Red Bull Air Race World Championship on Sunday in Rovinj, Croatia. Arch was trailing Bonhomme at the midway point of the final round by 0.23 seconds but opened the throttle with a blistering second lap on the obstacle course set up on the Adriatic Sea to get his eighth career victory. Japan’s Yoshihide Muroya got the first podium of his career, taking third place on a challenging course in the bay off Rovinj that was made even more difficult when the winds coming from the south shifted to from the west.

Cheered on by thousands of fans from nearby Austria, Arch also became the sentimental favorite of the local Croatian fans, who were savoring the country’s first Red Bull Air Race. The Austrian had a flawless run in the final, stopping the clock in 59.012 seconds — ahead of Bonhomme’s 59.097. They have 21 points each in the World Championship standings.

“It’s really special,” said Arch, who felt lifted by a surge of support this weekend from the big crowd in Rovinj, a stunning town on a peninsula known as the blue pearl of the Adriatic. “When I heard I was first I had tears in my eyes because of all the emotions and the release of the pressure. It was so difficult here.”

There was a record six pylon hits on the challenging course set up in the water just off the shoreline of Rovinj – including one in the Super 8 round that ended the day of Matt Hall of Australia, who finished a disappointing seventh. Canada’s Pete McLeod was fourth after a costly penalty in the finals. Britain`s Nigel Lamb got knocked out when his running propeller touched the ground and got damaged at the Race Airport.

Results: 1. Hannes Arch (AUT), 2. Paul Bonhomme (GBR), 3. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), 4. Pete McLeod (CAN), 5. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 6. Martin Sonka (CZE), 7. Matt Hall (AUS), 8. Nigel Lamb (GBR), 9. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 10. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 11. Peter Besenyei (HUN), 12. Michael Goulian (USA)

World Championship Standings: 1. Arch (AUT) 21 points, 2. Bonhomme (GBR) 21, 3. McLeod (CAN) 12, 4. Muroya (JPN) 7, 5. Hall (AUS) 7, 6. Ivanoff (FRA) 5, 7. Sonka (CZE) 5, 8. Lamb (GBR) 5, 9. Dolderer (GER) 5, 10. Chambliss (USA) 0

RED BULL AIR RACE: Arch beats Bonhomme in Qualifying duel in Rovinj

12 April 2014

Austria’s Hannes Arch pulls out all the stops to post the fastest time in Qualifying for Sunday’s Red Bull Air Race in Rovinj, Croatia.

ROVINJ (Croatia) – Hannes Arch of Austria won pole position for the second stop of the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the Croatian city of Rovinj after he out-dueled Britain’s Paul Bonhomme in a spine-tingling Qualifying battle on Saturday along the shoreline of the Adriatic Sea. On a challenging course, Canada’s Pete McLeod took third on an afternoon filled with spectacular pylon hits while Germany’s Matthias Dolderer continued his strong flying run on the track in the northern Croatian venue with fourth place.

Cheered on by a crowd filled with flag-waving fans from nearby Austria, Arch opened the throttle and went all out in his Qualifying run to post the fastest time of the day, 57.72 seconds. Championship leader Bonhomme was just a split second behind in 57.87 seconds as Arch, the 2008 world champion, and Bonhomme, who won the 2009 and 2010 titles, kept their ferocious battle going strong after Bonhomme just barely beat Arch in the season opener in Abu Dhabi last month.

Bonhomme posted the fastest time in the final training session earlier on Saturday and had the final run through the pylon-filled obstacle course on a chilly and cloudy afternoon in Rovinj, known as the blue pearl of the Adriatic. Arch’s narrow win sparked loud cheers from the contingent of Austrian fans crowding the grandstands. Arch was also supported by Austrian sports legends Thomas Muster, a former world number one in tennis, sailing double Olympic gold medalist Hans Peter Steinacher and ski jumping champion Thomas Morgenstern.

In related racing action also taking place, Frenchman François Le Vot and Great Britain’s Thomas Bennett finished in first and second place respectively in the hotly contested Challenger Cup, with Le Vot covering the course in a solid time of 1:01.19 despite unpredictable winds and Bennett logging 1:02.53. Making the most of his first-ever appearance in the Challenger Cup, which gives the next generation of promising pilots the chance to develop their low-altitude flying skills under racing conditions, was Peter Podlunšek of nearby Slovenia, who finished in third place with a time of 1:02.76.

Results Qualifying: 1. Hannes Arch (AUT) 57.72, 2. Paul Bonhomme (GBR) 57.87, 3. Pete McLeod (CAN) 58.15, 4. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 58.51, 5. Nigel Lamb (GBR) 58.64, 6. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 58.68, 7. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 59.82, 8. Peter Besenyei (HUN) 1:00.21, 9. Matt Hall (AUS) 1:00.56, 10, Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 1:00.63. 11. Michael Goulian (USA) 1:01.40, 12. Martin Sonka (CZE) DNF.

Results Challenger Cup: 1. Francois Le Vot (FRA) 1:01:19, 2. Tom Bennett (GBR) 1:02:53, 3. Peter Podlunsek (SLO) 1:02:76, 4. Mikael Brageot (FRA) 1:03:19, 5. Luke Czepiela (POL) 1:03:27

AIRSHOW NEWS: More Military Displays for RAF Cosford Air Show

11 April 2014

Today the organisers of the RAF Cosford Air Show revealed a number of exciting additions to aircraft appearing at this year’s event.

Following on from last year’s popular Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) demonstration, which saw Prince Harry in his first air show appearance, the RAF Chinook and Army Apache will again be at Cosford as part of the planned six-hour flying display. As well as performing their individual displays, they will showcase the combat capabilities of the two helicopters in an exciting joint demonstration with the RAF Regiment. Other helicopters taking part in the flying display include the Royal Navy Lynx, making a welcome return with its ‘Black Cat’ solo routine.

The Navy are also represented by the Royal Navy Historic Flight displaying the Swordfish & Sea Fury, joining a number of historic aircraft already confirmed for this year’s event including the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Great War Team.

On the ground, a number of military aircraft join the resident Jaguar fleet, with an Army Air Corps Defender and RAF King Air being the latest additions to the static displays.

Air Show spokesman Amanda Butcher said “Although we now know details of most of the UK Military aircraft we are expecting to announce more aircraft displays soon so visitors should check our website, Facebook Page and Twitter regularly.”

Details of where to buy tickets can be found on the RAF Cosford Air Show website, with advanced tickets held at last year’s price of £20 and children under-16 and parking free.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Airbourne Announces RAF Flying for Golden Year of Red Arrows

9 April 2014

Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow is getting ready for a golden year of RAF displays, joining the RAF Red Arrows in celebrating 50 years of flying.

With four days of Red Arrows displays already confirmed, Eastbourne will also welcome the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Tucano, Tutor, Sea King and for fast jet fans, the resounding heavy metal of the Eurofighter Typhoon.

The four day free seafront airshow which runs from 14 – 17 August also sees the return of the Army and Navy too, with a larger military exhibition planned for the Western Lawns, and many more aircraft and international displays still to come.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure & Sports Services, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said “After the fantastic news about the Red Arrows, it’s great to see favourites such as the Typhoon and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight also joining the line up again. Its still early days for our flying programme, so this is a great start to a golden year!”

Fans can look forward to the return of children’s entertainment beaches, parachute displays and top flight display line hospitality in the Aviator Club with 3 course lunch from £85 per person and Cirrus Rooms buffet from £66 per person. Exclusive seating can also be booked online at £12 per adult and £8 per child.

Fans can also get a birds eye view of the flying from iconic beauty spot Beachy Head or take to the skies with a helicopter pleasure flight over the scenic South Downs National Park.

Businesses are currently being approached to sponsor flying displays, including the return of the Vulcan, which could return if enough money is raised to cover the extensive running costs. To sponsor a display call Tourism Marketing on 01323 415660 for more details.

To book hospitality call 01323 415313 or download a booking form from the website. For more information visit or telephone the Tourist Information Centre on 0871 663 0031.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Experience the unique atmosphere of the Flying Legends Air Show 2014

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.

Complementing the ‘wow!’ factor in the air is the authentic 1940s ambience that is enjoyed throughout the weekend. It’s the closest you can get to being back at RAF Duxford in its flying heyday. Here’s a taste of the unique atmosphere you can enjoy throughout the weekend.

Make yourself at home in our Vintage Village The Vintage Village is the perfect place to sit back, relax and watch the world go by.

The Manhattan Dolls make a welcome return to the Flying Legends Air Show, jetting in from New York to thrill the crowds with memorable 1930s and 1940s songs. Their first-class forties style and uncanny Andrews Sisters vocals bring a Home Front flavour back to our historic
hangar base.

The Winslow Concert Band will perform Swing and Big Band hits of the 1930s and 1940s. We’d love to see you all up and dancing or singing along in true wartime spirit.

There’s a couple of likely characters causing havoc in the Vintage Village this year, who you might recognise as Hollywood legends Laurel and Hardy. Haurel and Lardy lookalikes Jem Frazer (Ollie) and Graeme Hardy (Stan) are ardent Laurel and Hardy fans. They are considered by many to be the best Laurel and Hardy tribute act in the world. Prepare to come face-to-face with the kings of slapstick comedy. Here’s a taste of the fun to come.

Climb aboard the Home Front Bus for a trip back to the 1940s Home Front. As you explore this classic double-decker bus, you’ll see detailed reconstructions of a 1940s living room, a wartime shop, a bombed-out street and an air raid shelter. Containing period features and artefacts, the Home Front Bus replicates the sights, sounds and smells of the Home Front, creating an authentic trip back in time.

Make-up and hair styling expert Alice Cormie will be demonstrating vintage hair dos and glamorous make up fit for a forties pin up. Enter into the spirit of the Vintage Village with an elegant wartime look. You can’t beat a victory roll and a jolly red lipstick for a touch of patriotic glamour.

Complete your 1940s experience by sitting in a replica Supermarine Spitfire. Have your photograph taken as a special memory of your nostalgic day. Sit in a Spitfire costs £15 per person.

Adjacent to the Vintage Village will be a static display of up to 20 First and Second World War model aircraft. These precise miniatures range from 1/5 scale up to 1/3 scale. The display includes a 1/3 scale P-51 Mustang which was used in the film Empire of the Sun.

Our picnic area has traditional deckchair seating and jauntily decorated picnic tables, enabling you to luncheon in comfort. Enjoy the taste of summer with a glass or two from our Pimms Bar.

Why not pre-order a picnic lunch or afternoon tea from our catering partners Elior and dine in style? Elior’s Keep Calm and Picnic Box offers the perfect picnic lunch for two, with a smoked salmon and potato salad, asparagus and pecorino cheese tart, three bean salad, homemade chocolate brownie, strawberries and cream and traditional lemonade, all served in a disposable hamper including cutlery, plates and glasses. A picnic lunch for two costs £26.50. Please place your order a minimum of three working days prior to the Flying Legends Air Show. Your Keep Calm and Picnic Box can then be collected on the day, anytime from 11am, from Wing Co Joe’s Café.

New for this year is the Keep Calm and Drink Tea afternoon tea experience. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea as you watch glorious historic aircraft soar in the skies above you. The Afternoon Tea box includes a range of dainty finger sandwiches (free range egg and watercress, gammon
ham and wholegrain mustard, cream cheese and cucumber), macaroons, homemade chocolate brownie and a selection of tea time cakes with a pot of English Garden tea. Your afternoon tea comes complete with a union flag tablecloth and an enamelware tea pot and mug to add to the vintage feel. Afternoon tea costs £16.50 per person and is served in either Wing Co Joe’s Café or The Mess Restaurant from 2.30pm. Please place your order a minimum of three working days prior to the Flying Legends Air Show.

To book your Keep Calm and Picnic picnic lunch for two or your Keep Calm and Drink Tea afternoon tea please contact Elior directly at or by calling 01223 497 501.

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

Gold Pass

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 or by calling our box office on 01223 499 353.

We’ll be announcing the flying programme for the 2014 Flying Legends Air Show soon!

AIRSHOW NEWS: Italians in Air Tattoo Show of Force

4 April 2014

The Italian Air Force has confirmed no fewer than five flying items for this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in the Cotswolds.

Headlining the Italian involvement in the weekend’s flying display on July 12-13 will be the country’s national aerobatic team, the world-renowned Frecce Tricolori. Flying 10 examples of the Aermacchi MB339 PAN jet trainer, the Frecce are joining celebrations to mark the 50th display season of their British counterparts, the Red Arrows.

Few aerobatic teams can claim to be as exuberant as the Frecce, famed for the closeness of their large formations, the spectacular manoeuvres of their soloist, and the spine-tingling finale flypast set to the tones of Pavarotti while the MB339s stream in smoke the colours of the Italian flag.

Tremendous support for the Air Tattoo is also being provided by Italy’s air force flight test centre, the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (RSV). It will this year send four aircraft to give solo displays, comprising a Eurofighter F-2000A Typhoon, Panavia A-200 Tornado, AMX International A-11 and Alenia C-27J Spartan. The RSV’s test pilots always put on top-quality performances, those in the twin-turboprop C-27J transport being especially notable for their aerobatic agility, and regular winners of Air Tattoo flying display trophies.

A particularly rare item is the AMX attack aircraft, not seen in a British flying programme since 2001. The Typhoon will provide an interesting contrast with the Royal Air Force example also displaying, while the Tornado is expected to be the sole representative of the swing-wing combat aircraft in the flying display during this, the type’s 40th anniversary year.

Air Tattoo spokesman Richard Arquati commented: “All of us at Fairford are delighted at the support Italy has confirmed for RIAT 2014. The addition of the Frecce Tricolori to the Red Arrows’ birthday celebrations is great news, and such a level of participation from the RSV has not been seen for many years.”

The Air Tattoo is staged annually in support of the RAF Charitable Trust. Tickets for the event are only available in advance. Specially-priced Earlybird tickets for next summer’s Air Tattoo, on July 11-13, are available until May 31 from or by calling 0800 107 1940. All accompanied under-16s go free. Free parking.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Avro Vulcan Bomber set to roar at the 2014 RAF Waddington International Air Show

3 April 2014

The Organisers of the RAF Waddington International Air Show are thrilled to announce that the iconic Avro Vulcan Bomber B2 XH558 will return to Waddington in July to perform its magnificent display in front of more than hundred thousand visitors over the Air Show weekend of 5th & 6th July.

The Avro Vulcan was designed in the late 1940′s by the same team that built the Avro Lancaster. It is a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber which was operated by the Royal Air Force during the Cold War as a nuclear strike platform. Although the Vulcan was originally armed with nuclear weapons, it was capable of conventional bombing missions, a capability which was used in Operation Black Buck during the Falklands War. The RAF retired the Vulcan in 1984 but XH558 was kept active for flying displays until 1992.

XH558 is the only flying Vulcan in the world and is also the oldest complete Vulcan anywhere. She represents over 300 bombers which made up the UK’s contribution to the NATO strategy of deterrence. The Vulcan is now an inspiring tribute to the hundreds of thousands of dedicated service men and women who maintained and flew the aircraft.

This much loved aircraft, ‘The Spirit of Great Britain’, as she is affectionately known by the public, returned proudly to the public domain at the RAF Waddington International Air Show in July 2008 and has performed in front of millions of spectators all over the country since then.

During 2014 Vulcan To The Sky Trust (VTST) will be commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the end of the Cold War, with the Vulcan being the centrepiece as the last flying example of the V-Force.

The XH558′s eagerly- anticipated, performance will be a significant addition to the display programme that already includes an array of aircraft from the RAF, Royal Navy and Army Air Corps, with spectacular displays lead by the RAF Red Arrows and the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

A number of foreign military display aircraft have also already confirmed their attendance, including a debut by the Spanish helicopter display team ‘Patrulla ASPA’, the thunderous Swiss Air Force ‘Hornet’ Solo Display and a special display by the Slovak Air Force with their Albatross L-39 training aircraft, specially decorated to commemorate Czechoslovak pilots who fought in the RAF during the Second World War.

RAF Waddington International Air Show Director, Sqn Ldr Paul Sall (Rtd) said: “This year’s display is shaping up really well, with an exciting line up already confirmed. I am really delighted that the XH558, such a favourite of the crowd, will also display this year. There is no doubt that this iconic aircraft, which was once stationed here at RAF Waddington, will once again create the ‘Vulcan Effect’, thrilling thousands of our spectators at the Show this year.”

Dr Robert Pleming, Chief Executive of the VTST said: “I’m delighted that all of the hard work carried out over the winter by the VTST team, supported by many other companies, will now enable us to return XH558 to the 2014 RAF Waddington International Air Show. It is of course highly appropriate that the aircraft is making a return to RAF Waddington, where she was based for many years in a variety of roles, including her final one as the display aircraft for the Vulcan Display Flight, before her retirement from RAF service in March 1993.”

“It was of course at Waddington where XH558 made her high-profile and emotional return to public displays on an unforgettable Saturday back in July 2008.”

“This is a great opportunity for us to say a very big thank you to all of XH558′s loyal supporters who have stayed with her through thick and thin, because without their unstinting help we would not be where we are today. We are incredibly grateful that the Vulcan is appearing once again at this famous RAF Station, giving people, particularly those who have not seen her before, the chance to experience the incredible spectacle of this truly iconic and much-loved aircraft.” To find out about the many ways that you can help to support Vulcan XH558 visit

This year’s RAF Waddington International Air Show will celebrate a number of milestones in the RAF history, including the Red Arrows’ 50th Display Season, 65th Anniversary of NATO, 70 years since the D-Day Landings and commemoration of the start of the First World War. Ticket sales began in November and are showing over 30% increase in sales from this time last year. For more information about the show, to book admission tickets or enclosure seats go to

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