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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: Duxford D-Day Anniversary Show Participation (01/04/2014)

The D-Day Anniversary Air Show commemorates the 70th anniversary of this decisive military campaign, demonstrating the vital role that aerial warfare played in the invasion of Normandy.

The air show will feature fighter, bomber and transport aircraft types that would have been seen over the beaches of France. Confirmed participation to date includes Douglas Dakota, Douglas Skytrain x4, Supermarine Spitfire x 5, a Supermarine Seafire and Piper L-4 Cub x 4.

The Red Devils will perform a parachute drop from a Douglas Dakota as part of this commemorative flying display.

16 Air Assault Brigade will present thrilling ground content, showcasing the Parachute Regiment’s contemporary capabilities.

IWM Duxford will be open from 8am to 6pm. The flying display will start at approximately 2pm and finish at approximately 5.30pm, leaving plenty of time in the morning to explore the whole of the museum and our exhibition spaces. You can also enjoy great shopping experience at our trade stands and take part in activities across the site.

Flying participation by aircraft type and operator

  • Douglas Dakota III and The Red Devils – The Red Devils supported by the Battle of Britain
    Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby
  • Douglas C-47A Skytrain – Aces High
  • Douglas C-47A Skytrain – Dakota Heritage
  • Douglas C-47A Skytrain – National Warplane Museum, Geneseo, New York
  • Douglas C-47A Skytrain – TBC
  • Supermarine Spitfire IX
    Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby
  • Supermarine Spitfire IXT – Air Leasing
  • Supermarine Spitfire IX – Old Flying Machine Company
  • Supermarine Spitfire IXT – Aircraft Restoration Company / Historic Flying Ltd
  • Supermarine Spitfire IX – Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd
  • Supermarine Seafire XVII – Kennet Aviation
  • Piper L-4 Cub – FrazerBlades
  • Piper L-4 Cub – R Roberts
  • Piper L-4 Cub – Charlie November Cub Group
  • Piper L-4 Cub – Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd
  • AgustaWestland WAH-64D Apache AH1 – 3 Regiment, Army Air Corps, Wattisham
  • Hawker Hurricane – Historic Aircraft Collection
  • Hispano Buchon (Messerschmitt Bf 109) – Aircraft Restoration Company / Historic Flying Ltd
  • Fairey Swordfish
    Royal Navy Historic Flight, RNAS Yeovilton
  • Grumman FM-2 Wildcat – The Fighter Collection
  • North American P-51D Mustang Ferocious Frankie – Old Flying Machine Company
  • North American TF-51D Mustang Miss Velma – The Fighter Collection
  • Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B – B-17 Preservation
  • Eurofighter Typhoon – 29(R) Squadron, RAF Coningsby
  • Auster Autocrat – D & M Miller

Tickets are available from – for ticket prices click here.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Southend Airshow and Military Festival Postponed until 2015

From the Southend Daily Echo:

THE Southend Airshow & Military Festival has been postponed until 2015!

A funding shortfall has lead organisers to postpone this year’s inaugural event.

They say they have been unable to raise the final £35,000 required to secure the show.

John Delaney and Thomas Curtis received final approval from Southend Council to run the airshow in July.

The pair stepped in after Southend Council said it could no longer afford to run the popular annual event.

In less than a year the team raised £185,000 sourced from sponsors including Headline Toomey Motor Group.

Thomas Curtis said: “Though it’s undoubtedly a sad day for myself and the team, postponing the event to 2015 does not remove the achievements we have made this year.

“From the creation of Southend Airshow CIC, ‘Gibson’ the Airshow Bear and raising an amazing £185,000 in just nine months. This is combined with the massive success we have found found on Facebook, where we have in excess of 23,000 supporters making us one of the largest, if not the largest Airshow Facebook page in the country.”

AIRSHOW NEWS: RAF line-up confirmed for Wings & Wheels 10th Show

Plans for the 10th annual Wings & Wheels have got off to a flying start with confirmation from the RAF that the Red Arrows, Tucano and Tutor as well as iconic legends from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane – will all be part of the weekend’s aviation line-up.

The Red Arrows are celebrating their 50th display season this year and recently unveiled a striking new Union flag tail design to their Hawk aircraft, the most significant change to the look of the Team’s famous aircraft in its history. Headlining the Show on Sunday 24th August, the Red Arrows will also help Wings & Wheels celebrate 40 years since the Hawk first flew from the Aerodrome.

Jamie McAllister, Event Director, Wings & Wheels comments: “We are delighted to confirm the RAF’s allocation at Wings & Wheels this year which is just the start of a series of announcements for our air and motoring programmes. The Show and airfield celebrate some very special anniversaries this year and plans are underway to make it the best event yet.”

As well as enjoying RAF aircraft in action, visitors to this summer’s Show will also get the opportunity to meet some of the pilots and crew, watch over two hours of motoring action on the Top Gear track and participate in the Zones and shows throughout the Arena.

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 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: Midair Squadron’s Hunter XL577 to make debut display at Abingdon Air & Country Show alongside Canberra PR9 XH134

The Midair Squadron is delighted to announce that Hunter XL577 has been confirmed to display alongside PR9 XH134, in the first scheduled public display of the season for the Squadron.

Following an extensive and stringent restoration programme, using highly skilled engineers from C2 Aviation, this display will mark XL577’s much anticipated return to the public circuit. It was last seen in 2009.

Delighted with the news, Midair Squadron owner Mike Davis commented, “This announcement is extremely exciting for all who have enjoyed following the return to flight schedule of all three Midair Squadron aircraft. XL577 will be a welcome addition to the display circuit, with all three aircraft exemplifying the very finest of British engineering.”

The final member of the Midair Squadron trio, Hunter T7 XL600, is already prepared in the silver Squadron livery, and is expected to complete her restoration shortly.

Other confirmed flying display acts at Abingdon Air & Country Show on 4th May include the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire, Breitling Wingwalkers and Catalina.

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AIRSHOW NEWS: Spitfire Confirmed For Full Display at Thundersprint 2014

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be sending one of their iconic Spitfires to this year’s Thundersprint on Sunday May 11.

The display will be a particularly moving one because the Darley Moor circuit, near Ashbourne in Derbyshire, was originally an RAF airfield.

Darley is less than a minute’s flight from the historic Rolls Royce factory in Derby where the Spitfire’s legendary Merlin engine was built.

Thundersprint organiser, Frank Melling, said: “The Spitfire display has been a key part of the Thundersprint for many years and having one of these wonderful aircraft fly over an airfield, and area, where it has so many intense connections will be a very moving experience.

“The display area is fantastic and will provide superb views of the aircraft.

“The Spit will be with us as part of the lunch-time celebrations at Sunday’s Thundersprint so it will make a great start to the Masterclass – and we’re not expecting to see a dry eye at the show.”

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AIRSHOW NEWS: RAF Red Arrows to mark 50th Display Season at Biggin Hill

The world-famous RAF Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, will be making a very special return to Biggin Hill Airport on Saturday 14th June to mark the anniversary of their 50th display season.

The first public appearance in the UK by the fledgling team was at the Biggin Hill International Air Fair in May 1965 flying the Hawker Siddeley Gnat, the lead-in jet trainer of the era. Since then, the team have gone on to perform around 5,000 displays, many of them overseas where the team contributes to Defence Diplomacy and promotes the professional excellence of Royal Air Force. The team were re-equipped with the BAe Hawk T1 in 1980.

The Red Arrows anniversary display on 14th June will be the highlight of the 1st Festival of Flight at Biggin Hill, a new series of one-day air events at the airport that are planned to take place on an annual basis for the foreseeable future.

The Festival of Flight will be open to the public and will include a number of world-class display items during the afternoon and early evening. The flying programme will include Spitfires and Hurricanes from the airport’s Heritage hangar, the two iconic fighters that will re-enact the gallant days of RAF Biggin Hill in WWII when the airfield played such a crucial role in the defence of London.

Other display items will include the Breitling Team wingwalkers, specialist aerobatics, helicopter demonstrations and parachute displays.

Plans for an extensive range of ground events are being made. An arena will be a focus for classic car and military vehicle parades, a motor cycle display team and more. Interactive model boats on a special water facility and radio-controlled cars will provide engaging activities for families and younger generations. Army, Navy, Air Force and local community services career centres will be on site with special equipment for boys and girls to engage with.

A central feature in the public area will be a stage for interviews and public appearances that will also host a presentation the Red Arrows team to mark their milestone anniversary.

Airport Managing Director Will Curtis says that he wants to see that the airport is as neighbourhood-friendly as possible throughout the year.

“We value our local community and we want to encourage as many Biggin Hill people as possible to join us at the airport for an ‘open house’ afternoon of fun, interest and amazement. We shall be offering favourable rates only for local people on an allocation basis, so make sure that you apply for your tickets sooner rather than later” he says.

A maximum of 15,000 tickets will be available for sale for the Festival.

“While the new event should not be compared with the previous International Air Fair series, our plan is to make it a family friendly occasion with a variety of good entertainment and no overcrowding. Sales will close when we reach our stated level” says Will Curtis.

Tickets will be on sale through the Festival website:

AIRSHOW NEWS: Farnborough International Ltd strengthens Chinese relationship

Continuing its long standing relations with the Zhuhai Airshow Company (ZACL), Airshow organiser and international consultants for civil, defence and business aviation events Farnborough International Ltd (FIL), has today signed an agreement to support the international sales and marketing efforts of Airshow China 2014.

The agreement will see FIL working toward increasing UK company participation at the 10th edition of the show which takes place from 11th – 16th November 2014 in Zhuhai. Officially known as the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition, the trade show has steadily expanded since its first show in 1996 and saw 650 exhibitors from 39 countries attend in 2012. For the 2014 show, FIL will work with ZACL on a targeted list of aerospace companies that the organisers would like to see at the show.

China is already an attractive market for many western firms right across the supply chain and over the last few years has seen many organisations set up shop on China’s shores. Furthermore, China’s own aerospace industry has expanded and seen many western companies buying Chinese-made aviation parts.

Speaking about the agreement at the Singapore Airshow, FIL Commercial Director, Amanda Stainer said, “This new agreement is a significant step forward since signing the original MOU two years ago which saw mutual cooperation between our two organisations to promote each other’s events in our respective countries. As organisers of the Farnborough International Airshow, we have excellent relationships with all our exhibitors and are looking forward to participating at ZACL with a UK Group.”

Representing ZACL at the Singapore Airshow, Kitty Lin also commented; “The growth of Airshow China is testament to our growing aviation industry. We want to make the show the leading trade event for the East Asian market and look forward to FIL helping us achieve our goal.”

AIRSHOW NEWS: Midair Squadron’s Canberra PR9 (XH134) to display at Abingdon Air & Country Show

The iconic and celebrated Canberra XH134, the world’s only airworthy PR9, will join an array of aviation acts, including the Breitling Wingwalkers, Trig Team and a P40 Kittyhawk, at the Abingdon Air & Country Show on Sunday 4th May.

In her first scheduled airshow of the year, XH134 will perform a revised display, showcasing the exceptional PR9 capabilities, under the skilled piloting of Sqn Ldr Dave Piper and Flt Lt Mike Leckey. Incorporating a variety of impressive manoeuvres, visitors will be captivated by the power and noise of XH134.
Designed as the RAF’s first jet bomber, the Canberra had an exceptional career spanning 55 years of active service, before retiring from operations in July 2006. Following an extensive restoration by C2 Aviation, XH134 unveiled the striking new silver colour scheme of the Midair Squadron in September 2013, and will be flanked by two Hawker Hunters as the 2014 season progresses.

Aircraft owner, Michael Davis, explains, “The refined PR9 display showcases XH134 in all her glory. Demonstrating the sheer power and capabilities of the photo reconnaissance aircraft, it is a pleasure to introduce XH134 back to the display circuit.”
Speaking of the new air display, Sqn Ldr Dave Piper comments, “It is an honour to fly such an internationally recognised aircraft, in front of crowds who have supported her restoration from the outset.”

The annual Abingdon Air & Country show, located at Abingdon Airfield, is staged to raise money for the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, donating over £45,000 since 2007. Over 9,000 visitors are expected this year.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Wings & Wheels celebrates 10th anniversary

The sensational summer event for the whole family, Wings & Wheels, returns on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August 2014 at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey (home to BBC’s Top Gear) to celebrate its 10th show. Famous favourites in the air and on the ground will blow your mind, whilst the attractions and Zones in the Arena will keep you entertained and buzzing with delight the WHOLE weekend.

Eyes to the sky as the ‘Wings’ of the event treats visitors to outstanding and diverse 5 hour air displays which have previously included show favourites the Red Arrows, Avro Vulcan, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Spitfire, Lancaster, Hurricane), Typhoon, Chinook, Tucano, RN Swordfish and Sea Fury, Apache Attack Helicopter, RN Lynx Black Cat Solo Helicopter Display, Team Breitling Wingwalkers, Glider FX and the Blades accompanied by witty and knowledgeable commentary from aviation experts and display pilots (please note the air display will be confirmed in March).

The ‘Wings’ of the event would not be complete without a close-up inspection of all the weekend’s visiting aircraft and Dunsfold’s resident Boeing 747 in the ‘Wings Park’ (open for tours).

You don’t need to be a petrolhead to delight in the ‘Wheels’ of the show as the paddock gleams and the sound of finely tuned engines fill the air. Supercars and classic and vintage icons put on an awe-inspiring display of power and speed on the Top Gear track in a 2 hour auto spectacular from Brooklands Museum. Included among the 360 entrants in 2013 were Porsche 911, Dodge Monaco, TVR Tasmin 280i, Ducati Mutistrada 1200s, Ferrari F355 Berlinetta, Ford GT40, Lotus Elise 49 and the stunning Benetton F1 B190.

The Wheels Zone features interactive displays from clubs and a crowd line parade whilst the Stunt Zone squeals with the sound of two and four wheeled hair-raising performances.

The Military Zone & Paddock adds some classic nostalgia to the ‘Wheels’, as the regal Military Vehicles complete a cavalcade for spectators before taking their place in the Zone’s living history and re-enactment displays including live battles.

The excitement and anticipation doesn’t stop at the main displays as the 32 acre public arena is bursting with a huge variety of interactive attractions containing all you need for a great family day out. The Hot Rod Zone hosts live rockabilly music, themed retail outlets and a stunning display of nostalgic and ‘kustom’ Hot Rod vehicles. The show arena also boasts laser quest, paintballing, kit-plane demonstrations, aviation and motoring simulators, military outlets and displays, static aircraft, fairground, emergency services demonstration and over 80 retail outlets selling a wide variety of products and gifts.

As the last plane touches down the party starts across the arena with a mix of musical evening entertainment. Swing, big band and jazz takes over the Military Zone, in the Wheels Zone is a mix of Rock n Roll, Doowop and Rockabilly and finally, taking centre stage in the middle of the Arena, is a covers band with something for everyone.

Taking the hassle out of your day the show includes added extras to make your experience even more enjoyable; 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, a raffle, official show merchandise and grandstand seating.

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 or to book standard tickets call 08712 305 572.

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



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