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AIRSHOW NEWS: Jersey International Air Display 2014

Jersey International Air Display

The Jersey International Air Display is taking place on Thursday 11 September 2014. There will be static displays at Jersey airport on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and a rotary wing static display on either the Lower Park or Peoples Park in St Helier adjacent to where the flying display is taking place over the Bay of St Aubins The air display is organised by a not for profit company which has two objectives: supporting British Military Charities and supporting tourism in Jersey. The dedicated Service Charity for 2014 is Help for Heroes.

The air display is funded through sponsorship, programme sales and the small charge to the airport static display.The air display is free but there is a small admittance charge to the airport static display. £5.00 for adults and £2.00 for children.Following some losses to the previously published attendees the current line-up is as follows:

Flying Display

  • RAF Tutor
  • RAF Tucano T.1
  • RAF BBMF Hurricane
  • RAF BBMF Spitfire
  • RAF BBMF Lancaster B.1
  • RAF Red Arrows
  • Army Lynx AH.7 demonstration team
  • Autogyro
  • Canadian Warplane Museum Lancaster B.X
  • Swedish AF Historic Flight Sk.60
  • Swedish AF Historic Flight J-29F Tunnan
  • Swedish AF Historic Flight SK-35 Draken
  • Swedish AF Historic Flight AJ-37 Viggen
  • Morane Saulnier MS.406
  • Polikarpov I – 16 Rata (Flying)
  • French P-40
  • French OV-10 Bronco
  • English Electric Canberra PR.9
  • Hawker Hunter T.7

Rotary and Airport Static Displays

All the aircraft in the flying display will appear in our airport static display with the exception of the Canberra, which is only making a fleeting visit to the airport either before or after flying in the air display will be in the airport static display.

In addition:-

  • RN Merlin (Airport and Park Static)
  • RN Lynx (Airport and Park Static)
  • RN Sea King (Airport and Park Static)
  • Polish Navy Bryza 1R (Airport Static only)

For those coming to Jersey both Lancasters will be arriving on Wednesday 10th and departing on the Friday 12th September and will be at our airport static display on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with the vast majority of the other aircraft taking part in the display. The static admission charge is £5 or less for an adult and £2.00 for a child.We are still looking at a number of additional aircraft for the flying display should additional sponsorship be forthcoming.

The air display is free to view but we ask everyone coming to purchase a copy or two of our full colour souvenir programme, which is an essential element in funding the air display. The cost is £5.

 

AIRSHOW NEWS: Air Festival launches with a big drop!

Abseiling Royal Marines fast roped into today’s opening ceremony of the 7th Bournemouth Air Festival. Attended by Forces dignitaries the event celebrated the start of the much anticipated summer festival whilst also marking the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines.

Established in 1664 the Royal Marines arrived with gusto and were presented to Commodore Jamie Miller, Brigadier Piers Hankinson, Group Captain Catherine Coton and The Mayor of Bournemouth Councillor Chris Mayne.

In its 7th year, the Bournemouth Air Festival is the only event of its kind which brings together the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force, civilian aircraft, display teams, trading and an awesome Night Air programme – all set against the backdrop of award-winning Bournemouth.

Commodore Miller said; “Over the next four days you will see the greatest ever concentration of Naval force yet at the Bournemouth Air Festival. Working with the Royal Marines, Army and French Navy we will be showcasing what we do best and demonstrating this on Friday to The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Michael Zambellas. We are confident this will be our best year yet!”

Welcoming back aircraft favourites and a number of Festival firsts, the line up for this year’s Festival is not to be missed! With a full allocation of RAF display aircraft, the skies over Bournemouth will be hosting the Red Arrows for all four days, a festival first, the mighty Typhoon (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in a historical never to be seen again flight with the Canadian Lancaster. In addition get set for the Tutor, Tucano, RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team and Dakota.

RAF Group Captain Catherine Coton said; “The Air Festival is a high priority event for the RAF, in terms of audience numbers it is perfect for showcasing our aircraft and offers a first class arena for engaging with the public. We’re really looking forward to the next 4 days and hope the public are too.”

Setting Bournemouth Air Festival apart from the other air shows is the stunning Night Air programme, Thursday – Saturday night from 6.15pm. Kick starting the evening entertainment is the Royal Marines Commando Recruiting Team followed by HM Royal Marines Band (CTCRM) performing the historical sunset Beat Retreat ceremony at 6.30pm. Dusk displays start at 7.15pm and from 8.30pm at the Bournemouth Corona Live Music stage check out ‘The Silver Beatles’ (Thursday), ‘Bootleg Blondie’ (Friday) and ‘ABBA Chique’ (Saturday). Ticketed performances at the Boscombe Corona Wave105 Live Music Stage welcomes acts including Rizzle Kicks, Sigma, Jack Savoretti, Rixton, Nell Bryden and xx Friday and Saturday night.

Jon Weaver, Air Festival Director added; “It really shows how far we have come over the last seven years to have such superb Royal Navy and RAF support. We can’t wait to welcome the First Sea Lord, it’s a really fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate how the event itself and people of Bournemouth work with and support the Armed Forces. The Royal Navy has played an integral part in making the Air Festival the success it is today and we’re extremely grateful. Year-on-year the event continues to grow with more ships, people and assets. And to have Sir George here to experience this first hand is a real accomplishment for us all!”

Opening the Festival’s display programme and not to be missed is 94-year old wingwalker Tom Lackey, performing for the last 10years he said; “Wing walking keeps me going and at my age I wouldn’t be alive without, it’s what I live for! I hope you’re able to watch me open this year’s Air Festival and can’t wait to show you all what I can do!”

Bringing land, sea and air together, complimented with an incredible Night Air programme the firmly established Bournemouth Air Festival is more than just an air show!

For more information visit bournemouthair.co.uk, follow the Festival Facebook page bournemouthairfestival or follow the team on Twitter @bmthairfest.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Wings & Wheels 10th Show a Sellout success

Dunsfold Wings and Wheels 2014 - Pic by Tony Hart

The 10th Wings & Wheels Show basked in sunshine over the weekend as more than 40,000 visitors turned up on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August to enjoy the event.

The Chinook opened the air display both days with their exciting, high energy manoeuvres before the Mitchell soared through the sky in the first of the historical aircraft with close links to the Aerodrome.

Eight aircraft from the Second World War made a fitting tribute to the 70th anniversary of D-Day as the Old Flying Machine Company’s Spitfire and Mustang, Aces High Dakota DC3 and the RNAFHF B25 Mitchell flew in the first part of a unique formation. The crowd fell silent both days as the second part filled the sky led by a once in a lifetime formation made up of the Canadian Lancaster and BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane.

On Saturday a formation by the Vulcan and Gnats display team continued the Show’s tradition of arranging one off and interesting flying combinations. The Red Arrows marked their 50th display season with a faultless performance on Sunday, also marking the Aerodromes’ 40th anniversary of the first time the Hawk flew from the site.

The five hour air displays were not only packed with action from The Blades, Breitling Wingwalkers, Midair Squadron Canberra and Hunter but also by explosions which rocked the arena thanks to a stunning display of pyrotechnic power by the Apache Attack Helicopter Display Team.

Brooklands Museum took to the Top Gear track with over 220 cars each day including a mix of modern and classic cars from the Porsche, TVR, Ferrari, Ford GT40 to the stunning Napier-Railton Special and Railton Terraplane Sport Tourer.

Dunsfold’s resident Boeing 747 in the ‘Wings Park’ opened for tours as visitors also flocked to the newest addition to the Aerdrome, the VC10 owned by Brooklands Museum.

Another new addition to the Show was a morning slot for remote controlled aircraft, including the 1/4 scale Red Arrows Hawk models flown by father and son duo Steve and Matt Bishop.

The Stunt Zone returned with The White Helmets performing spectacular feats of balance, death defying crossover rides and outstanding acrobatics on their hand built British Millennium Triumph 750cc motorcycles supported by modified car club South Evolution.

The military vehicle and car parades showcased the assortment of wheels the event had attracted, whilst the re-enactment battles from the Screaming Eagles went off with a bang.

Jamie McAllister, Event Director comments: “We are delighted with the success that Wings & Wheels has become, it has grown tremendously since the first event in 2005. So much so, that for the first time in the Show’s history, we had to make the difficult decision to stop on the day ticket sales on Sunday to ensure the continued enjoyment of those already at the event.

The displays and attractions were first class with the Canadian and BBMF Lancaster’s fly-past just one in a long line of highlights from the weekend. This, combined with great Bank Holiday weather, meant we experienced some traffic delays. Traffic is a challenge for any large event and we will continue to look at a variety of measures to do what we can to improve the flow on and off site for next year’s Show. Our team work tirelessly to put on Wings & Wheels with support from volunteers who donate their time before and during the Show. We owe them enormous thanks for the success the event has now become.”

Wings & Wheels is promoted by Dunsfold Park Limited and in 2014 assisted the fundraising efforts of Brooklands Museum Trust and Help for Heroes.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Legendary bombers at The Duxford Air Show – Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September

We are delighted to announce that the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Avro Lancaster Mk X will fly in tandem with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster at The Duxford Air Show on Sunday 14 September; a truly historicmoment.
Probably themost famous Allied bomber of the Second World War, the Avro Lancaster had impressive flying characteristics and operational performance.

Thousands of Canadian airmen and ground crew served with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and Royal Air Force (RAF)Lancaster squadrons in England during the Second World War. By late 1944, the Canadian No.6 Group of Bomber Command operated 13 squadrons of Lancasters.

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Lancaster Mk X was built at Victory Aircraft, Malton, Ontario, Canada in July 1945 and was later converted to a RCAF 10MR configuration. In 1952, it suffered a serious accident and received a replacement wing from a Lancaster that had flown in combat over Germany.

It served as amaritime patrol aircraft with No.405 Squadron, Greenwood, Nova Scotia and No.107 Rescue Unit, Torbay, Newfoundland formany years. The aircraft was retired fromthe Royal Canadian Air Force in late 1963.

Following complete restoration, the Lancaster flew again on 24 September 1988. It is dedicated to Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski and is painted in the colours of his aircraft KB726-VR-A, which flew with the Royal Canadian Air Force No.419 (Moose) Squadron.

Andrew Mynarski won the Victoria Cross on 13 June 1944, when his Lancaster was shot down in flames by a German night fighter. As the bomber fell, he attempted to free the tail gunner trapped in the rear turret of the blazing and out-of-control aircraft. The tail gunner miraculously survived the crash and lived to tell the story, but sadly Andrew Mynarski died fromhis severe burns.

Flying in tandem with the Canadian Warplane Heritage MuseumLancaster is the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Avro Lancaster PA474, the only other remaining airworthy Lancaster in the world today.

Lancaster PA474 rolled off the production line at the Vickers Armstrong Broughton factory at Hawarden airfield, Chester on 31 May 1945, after the war in Europe came to an end. It was prepared for use against the Japanese as part of the ‘Tiger Force’. However, the war in the Far East ended before the aircraft could be deployed and it did not take part in hostilities. It was assigned to aerial survey duties with No.82 Squadron in East and South Africa from September 1948 to February 1952.

In 1964, PA474 was adopted by the RAF Air Historical Branch and, during this period, took part in two films, Operation Crossbow and The Guns of Navarone. Permission to fly PA474 regularly was granted in 1967 and the Lancaster underwent an extensive restoration. The Lancaster joined the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in November 1973 and restoration work on the aircraft has continued ever since.

The Lancaster is currently painted to represent Lancaster DV385 Thumper Mk III of No.617 Squadron, famously known as The Dambusters. Thumper was one of the brand-new standard Lancasters issued to the squadron after the Dams Raid in 1943. Formany of the aircraft’s operations it was flown by a crew led by pilot Bob Knights. Many of Bob’s crew had nearly reached a total of 30 operations, which would mean some rest and recuperation. The crew decided that they were safer together and so volunteered for a second operational tour, this time flying Lancaster DV385.

In total, Bob Knights flew 41 ‘ops’ with No.617 Squadron, 29 of themin Thumper Mk III, and many of them amongst the unit’smost challenging precision bombing operations. He also took part in all three Lancaster raids against the Tirpitz. In December 1944, after flying an official total of 67 bombing raids, Bob was rested. In January 1945, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. During his time with 617 Squadron, eight of the unit’s Lancasters failed to return fromoperations and another had been lost in an accident. 32 of his fellow aircrew had been killed and more had been injured or became prisoners of war.

Also from the Avro stable of aircraft, Vulcan XH558, operated by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, will fly at The Duxford Air Show on Saturday 13 September.

XH588 was the first Vulcan B Mark 2 to be delivered to the RAF and was the last Vulcan to leave RAF service after a sterling 33 years in service. It is now the oldest complete Vulcan in the world. The aircraft’s final flight was on 23 March 1993 to Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome in Leicestershire, having been sold by the Ministry of Defence to C Walton Ltd, a family firmwho purchased and maintained the aircraft with the aspiration that itmight fly again.

In 1997, a small team, headed by Dr Robert Pleming, started to put together a plan to return the Vulcan to flight. In 1998, Marshall of Cambridge Aerospace was identified as having the skills, capabilities, quality control and experience in one-off aircraft projects to undertake the Vulcan restoration project.

On 31 August 2006, XH558 rolled out of the hangar for the first time in seven years and has been thrilling air show visitors ever since.

B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B is well-known and loved by visitors to IWMDuxford. The UK’s last remaining airworthy B-17, the aircraft is a flying memorial to the 79,000 Allied airmen who lost their lives in Europe during the Second World War.

Built as Boeing B-17G-105-VE c/n 8693, the future Sally B was one of the last B-17s to be constructed by the Lockheed-Vega plant at Burbank, California. Accepted by the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) on 19 June 1945 it was too late to see service in the Second World War.

Converted for training purposes, it was based at Wright Field, Ohio from November 1945.

It was used for a variety of research roles before being purchased by the Institut Geographique National in November 1954.

Sally B was brought to Britain and to IWM Duxford in 1975 and has been permanently based at the museum for almost 40 years under the ownership and care of the B-17 Preservation Trust. Sally B has starred in many films and television productions including Memphis Belle, Black Book and Bomber Crew.

See these and many more iconic aircraft take to the skies at The Duxford Air Show on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 2014.

Air show tickets and hospitality passes can be purchased online at iwm.org.uk
The recommended last booking date for overseas postal delivery is Friday 29 August.
The off-sale date (and last date for UK postal delivery) is Tuesday 2 September.
Purchase your tickets in advance and receive one free child ticket with every adult ticket purchased.

You’ll also enjoy 10% off ‘on the day’ ticket prices.

Advance ticket prices:
Adult (16 or over) £24.75
Child (5 to 15 years) £16.30
Disabled £16.30

AIRSHOW NEWS: Sparks fly as Blades set to perform their first Night Air dusk display!

The Blades

World-class aerobatic team The Blades will be performing for the first time as part of the 2014 Bournemouth Air Festival Night Air dusk display.  Alongside O’Briens Flying Circus with a Solo Twister, Rolls Royce Spitfire and The Red Devils Parachute Team, The Blades will be performing two very special sunset displays, as part of the extended Night Air programme, on Friday and Saturday night.

A firm favourite the dusk displays started in 2010, Mark Cutmore, Blades Team Leader and Blade 1 said; “We are thrilled to be invited back to Bournemouth and given the opportunity to perform in the Night Air dusk displays.  It has been amazing to watch the event grow each year and even better to be part of it!”

In addition to the beautiful sunset displays, The Blades will also be performing Sunday afternoon, so plenty of opportunity to see these festival favourites take to the skies of Bournemouth.

The Night Air programme, sponsored by Corona, features three nights of incredible entertainment until 10pm with live music, Royal Navy and Royal Marine action on the East Overcliff, street entertainers in the Lower Gardens, music in the Bandstand and fireworks. TheWave105 stage at Boscombe Pier will be back hosting a line-up of incredible music including Rizzle Kicks, Rixton, Loveable Rogues, Alexa Goddard and Sigma on Friday night and Tony Hadley, Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Struts, Jack Savoretti and Nell Bryden on Saturday night.

Finishing the Night Air entertainment will be the famous firework displays on Thursday and Friday and beach pyrotechnics, after the dusk displays, on Friday and Saturday.

Keep up-to-date with Air Festival news and information at www.bournemouthair.co.uk  

AIRSHOW NEWS: Historic Formation Announced at Wings & Wheels Press Launch

Dunsfold WIngs and Wheels D-Day Salute Flypast

The Wings & Wheels press launch got off to a sunny start today (12th August 2014) as the Aerodrome’s resident DC3 took to the skies with the Old Flying Machine Company’s P-51 Mustang to kick off the 10 day count down to the Show.

Well known for adding a little extra magic in the air with some memorable and unusual formation displays, Wings & wheels confirmed that a very special tribute is planned to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Eight aircraft from the Second World War will grace the skies above the Aerodrome in a two section flypast. Section one will comprise of the Old Flying Machine Company’s Spitfire and Mustang, Aces High Dakota DC3 and the RNAFHF B25 Mitchell. With a separation, section two will be formed by the Canadian Lancaster and BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane in section two.

All these aircraft have history with Dunsfold Aerodrome as well as having played vital roles in the Second World War and will display on both days.

Jamie McAllister, Event Director comments: “We have been able to pull off some spectacular formation displays over the years including last year’s collaboration between the Swordfish, Sea Fury and Wingwalkers. For our 10th birthday and the 70th anniversary of D-Day the team have put together something people will never see in the air together again. It will be an emotional and fitting tribute.”

Brooklands Museum had an assortment of vintage vehicles including the1907 Berliet-Curtiss Racer and more modern GT40’s and Jaguars. Surrey based modified car club South Evolution took to the track in Minis, Mazdas and a 2 litre Mitsubishi Eclipse, a replica of the car Paul Walker drove in the very first Fast and Furious movie.

Wings & Wheels was also delighted to announce the Brooklands Museum VC10 will be open for public tours over the Show weekend and gave press a sneak peek.

Robin Voice, Brooklands Museum VC10 Project Manager comments: “We are looking forward to opening the VC10 to the public at Wings & Wheels. The team of volunteers have worked hard to keep the aircraft in running order so it’s vital we continue to raise awareness of our work through the tours. The tours will not only give visitors a fascinating insight into the VC10, but help us with our fundraising efforts.”

Tours will be limited and available to pre-book over the weekend on a first come first serve basis. A donation of £2 per person is suggested and will go towards the on-going restoration of the aircraft.

The 10th annual Wings & Wheels will be held over the August Bank holiday weekend; Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th August 2014, at Dunsfold Park near Guildford, Surrey, and is open to spectators from 09:00 until 21:00.

Tickets start from £20 for adults, £45 for a family (2 adults and 3 children aged 5 – 15yrs), £6 for children aged between 5 and 15yrs and under 5s are free. Hospitality packages start from £150 per person, weekend passes, grandstand tickets and camping are also available. For more information visit www.wingsandwheels.net or to book standard tickets call 08712 305 572.

Wings & Wheels is promoted by Dunsfold Park Limited and in 2014 will be assisting the fundraising efforts of Brooklands Museum Trust and Help for Heroes.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Canadian Lancaster Begins Transatlantic Flight Prior to UK’s First Formation Display in 50 Years at Eastbourne Airshow

With Eastbourne Airshow just a couple of weeks away, the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster bomber is set to begin its long journey back to the UK this Tuesday.

The Mynarski Memorial Lancaster bomber, which makes its return to England for the first time since WWII, will display first over Eastbourne with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which features the only other airworthy Lancaster in the world.

Re-united as a special salute to veterans of Bomber Command, the reunion over Eastbourne will make them the first Lancaster bombers to display in formation over Britain in 50 years!

Named after Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski, the Canadian Lancaster was so called after the airman won a posthumous Victorian Cross for his attempts to save a tail gunner from a blazing plane over France just a week after D-Day. Mynarski sadly died but tail gunner Pat Brophy miraculously survived.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and Sports services, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said “We are very excited to see the two Lancaster’s reunite for the first time in 50 years at our airshow. This will be a fantastic tribute to Bomber Command and with just a few days to go before it makes it’s journey from Canada, we hope fans will enjoy the excitement of the build up to this awesome event!”

Eastbourne will be the first UK airshow to see the momentous occasion at 2.59pm on Thursday 14 August. After the spectacular display with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, several trained Lancaster pilots and crew from the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster bomber will be on hand to talk to the crowds at the show.

The Canadian Lancaster bomber will display in formation with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane at 2.59pm on Thursday, 3pm on Friday, 3.05pm on Saturday and 12.57pm on Sunday.

Shadow Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure & Sports Services, Cllr Phillip Ede said “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the two Lancasters together at our free airshow. We are delighted to welcome this historic aircraft, along with the Red Arrows during their 50th anniversary year, along with many other fantastic display teams.”

The bomber is due to fly out from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Ontario, Canada at 10am on Tuesday 5th August, on the first leg of its four day transatlantic trip. Stopping off in Goose Bay, Greenland and Iceland en route, it will continue its journey to RAF Coningsby where it will join the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for a period of scheduled maintenance and training.

Eastbourne will be the first airshow on a two month tour to see both Lancasters display together for the first time in 50 years and VisitEastbourne will be following the momentous journey with daily updates on Facebook/AirbourneEastbourne and Twitter @Eb_Airshow as well as on www.eastbourneairshow.com

Airbourne takes place on Eastbourne seafront from 14 – 17 August and entry is free. The event opens from 10am each day with music and entertainment on stage until 7.30pm each evening and an end of show party on Sunday, culminating in a special Red Arrows 50th anniversary themed fireworks display at 10pm.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Eurofighter Typhoon to make return appearance at Clacton air show

One of the RAF’s top multi-role combat aircraft will be making a long overdue and welcome return to Clacton Air Show later this month.

The Typhoon Eurofighter has not appeared at the event for a number of years and is one of the most popular displays with flight fans around the world.

Its many roles include air policing, peace support and high intensity conflict and it is currently employed in various locations including the Falkland Islands.

With a maximum speed of Mach 2 plus and carrying a multitude of weapons it allows the RAF to deliver combat air power wherever and whenever it is required.

Mark Platt, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, Culture, Leisure and Events, said it is a fantastic coup to get the Typhoon and the icing on the cake for the show.

“It is some years since this versatile powerful jet has been seen in the skies over Clacton – but is not for the want of trying,” he said.

“It provides a fantastic spectacle and is a valuable addition to any line-up and I can’t wait to see it perform.

“This was the final announcement we have been waiting to make and it ensures we will have the strongest ever programme of displays in the air.”

The Typhoon joins the Red Arrows, Avro Vulcan, Royal Canadian Lancaster and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight among those signed up for August 21 and 22.

They also include the Sea King Helicopter, Tutor, Autogyro, Essex Air Ambulance, RAF Tucano, the Breitling Wingwalkers, the Trig Aerobatic Team, Rolls Royce Spitfire, the Bulldog as well as Richard Goodwin and his modified Pitts S2S G-EWIZ.

“It is a truly amazing list and I congratulate our team behind the scenes for pulling this all together – there really is something for everyone and I am sure it will pull in the crowds,” he added.

Clacton will once again be the only seaside East Coast event of its kind as attempts to get Lowestoft and Southend off the ground again this year have met with failure.

Hopefully fans that would previously go to those shows in the past will be tempted to come along to Clacton as they did last year.

The Clacton Air Show is the signature event on Tendring’s tourism calendar and a vital boost to the District’s economy – bringing in around £4 million more than would be generated over the two days without the event.

Last year it attracted around 140,000 people over the two days.

Due to hard work and careful budgeting the event is getting to a point where it is close to breaking even and is sustainable.

Anyone wanting information about trade space should contact 01255 686683 or 01255 686654.

AIRSHOW NEWS: RAF’s First Jet Powered bomber set to display at Wings & Wheels

RAF’s First Jet Powered bomber set to display at Wings & Wheels

The world’s only air-worthy Canberra PR9 will be celebrating its 65th anniversary and displaying at Wings & Wheels for the first time on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August as part of the Midair Squadron’s display.

The Midair Squadron’s Canberra XH134 has been restored with an authentic paint scheme which represents the markings worn when the type entered service. Visitors will get to view its all-over silver paint scheme, complete with tri-colour roundels, fin-flash and large black ‘XH134’ markings under each wing, as it displays both days at the Aerodrome in Surrey.

Jamie McAllister, Event Director comments: “We are thrilled to confirm the Canberra XH134’s participation at Wings & Wheels. It is the first time we have welcomed the jet to Dunsfold and look forward to the team demonstrating its phenomenal jet power to our visiting crowds.”

The Canberra entered service with the RAF in 1951 as its first jet powered bomber. It was unarmed and relied on highspeed to escape enemy fighters. During its first ten years of service, the Canberra broke nineteen flight records and three altitude records including winning the London to New Zealand Air Race in 1953 with a world speed record and the first jet flight over the North Pole in 1954.

The Canberra is believed to be the world’s longest serving bomber and most recently provided support during conflicts in the Balkans and Middle East. And, because of its ability to fly at nearly 60,000 ft., it was also used for clandestine photo reconnaissance work during the Cold War. The ‘English Electric’ Canberra was sold to air forces all over the world and a total 1,347 were built. The aircraft retired from active duty in 2006.

Visitors to Wings & Wheels can also enjoy the world famous Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane), Vulcan, Chinook, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s (CWHM) prized Avro Lancaster and a host of other modern and historic aircraft during the five hour flying displays. For four and two wheeled fans, supercars and classic and vintage icons put on an awe inspiring display of power and speed on the Top Gear track in a two hour auto spectacular from Brooklands Museum.

The show also includes over 25 fixed-price catering outlets, 2 bars, hospitality facilities, free on-site parking, public camping, lost children point, disabled access, informative show commentary, opportunities to meet the pilots, official show merchandise and grandstand seating.

Tickets start from £20 for adults, £45 for a family (2 adults and 3 children aged 5 – 15yrs), £6 for children aged between 5 and 15yrs and under 5s are free. Hospitality packages start from £150 per person, weekend passes, grandstand tickets and camping are also available. For more information visit www.wingsandwheels.net or to book standard tickets call 08712 305 572.

Wings & Wheels is promoted by Dunsfold Park Limited and in 2014 will be assisting the fundraising efforts of Brooklands Museum Trust and Help for Heroes.

AIRSHOW NEWS: The First Sea Lord to attend Bournemouth Air Festival

Image © Paul Johnson

Bournemouth Air Festival has confirmed it will be hosting The First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff , Admiral Sir George Zambellas KCB DSC ADC at next month’s event. The professional head of the Royal Navy, Sir George will be here Friday 29th August visiting, amongst others, the flotilla of ships in the bay, meeting members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and seeing the Reserves and Cadets at work throughout the festival site.

Commodore Jamie Miller, Naval Regional Commander, said; “We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming our leader, The First Sea Lord, to the biggest community engagement event in the Royal Navy’s calendar. We are incredibly pleased to be showcasing our work here – the interactive village areas, beach assault demonstrations, music programmes and work of both the Cadets and Reservists – and lots of ships and aircraft too. This really will be cementing the partnerships and relationships we have made over the years and for years to come. And we do like Bournemouth lots too!”

It will be first time Sir George has experienced the incredible Air Festival – added Councillor Lawrence Williams, Tourism Portfolio Holder; “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate how the event itself and people of Bournemouth work with and support the Armed Forces. The Royal Navy has played an integral part in making the Air Festival the success it is today and we’re extremely grateful. Year-on-year the event continues to grow with more ships, people and assets. And to have Sir George here to experience this first hand is a real accomplishment for us all!”

The Air Festival introduced a charity wristband in 2011 and has supported forces charities for the last three years. The Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) has been the Navy nominated charity since 2011 and on Friday night the Hotel Miramar will be hosting the official Navy Blue Party in the presence of Sir George Zambellas. Tickets cost £40 per head, for more details call the Hotel Miramar 01202 556581.

 

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