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AIRSHOW NEWS: BBC Radio recognises Shoreham Airshow Achievements

BBC Community Heroes Award - Derek HarbarBBC Radio Sussex and Surrey recognised the achievements of the Shoreham Airshow by awarding Derek Harber – Airshow Organiser the Community Hero’s Award under the Volunteer Section Banner for 2013.

At a presentation held at the South Lodge Hotel, Horsham Derek was presented with a glass trophy for his outstanding work. Both Derek and his wife Lesley work long hours to make sure all goes on well behind the scenes at Shoreham. Derek would be the first to admit ‘It is a Team Effort’ but every event has to have a person one can recognise as the ‘Boss’ like all RAF Squadrons do.

“It was a surprise when my name was mentioned from a short list of finalists, but I was delighted that Shoreham had the regional recognition it has so rightly deserved for many years,” said Derek. “It will be our 25th Anniversary Airshow in 2014 and hopefully the 2 million pound target for RAFA Funds will be reached. What makes Shoreham so special is the way the event is run making it a Family Airshow and one of the Pilots favourite venues – that is something we must retain,” he added.

Let’s now look forward Shoreham Airshow 2014 on the 30th and 31st August. Planning is now under way!!

AIRSHOW NEWS: Dates confirmed for the 25th RAFA Shoreham Airshow

Dates have now been confirmed for the 2014 Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) 25th Anniversary Airshow at Shoreham Airport.

August 30th and 31st will be the days that the organisers will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Airshow which to date has raised almost 1.9 million pounds for RAFA funds.

From humble beginnings, the show has now become one of the ‘highlights’ of the aviation flying display calendar. The organising team are all volunteers, and it is one of the pilot’s favourite Airshow venues!

Derek Harber, Airshow Organiser said. “The 2013 event was one of the most successful shows we have had to date. The weather was on our side – ticket sales were exceptional, and the flying display was considered by many to be one of the best.”

“We could not have done it without our sponsors and supporters,” he added.

“Rod Dean our Flying Display Director, himself a display pilot, managed to bring some new events into the flying schedules. We have proved that under the new team ‘The Show Will – and Can Go On’. Our late founders Don Bean MBE, and Peter Eager would have both been delighted.”

What about 2014? “We will celebrate in true style, and already discussions are under way with the MOD events teams, civilian display pilots and some possible overseas visitors to make next year’s show that little bit special,” said Rod Dean. “Many of the pilots contact us asking to return, before we have even confirmed our dates.”

“Tickets will go on sale earlier. We are addressing some issues re parking and exiting the event, which caused some traffic related problems for some of our visitors. We cannot please all, and most major events suffer from this issue when you get an influx of people to a venue,” said John Periam Airshow Press Officer.

Derek Harber went on to say, “We have budgets, and costing’s have increased. However; we are able to spend money wisely, so that we can afford some of the best displays the airshow circuit has on offer. Next year our budgets will reflect your views as paying guests, along with the fact that this show has now been running for 25 magnificent years. We know we will never please all, but rest assured we are going to make efforts to make it just that little bit special.”

“We will keep you updated, and it is important for you – the readers to know that we are not able to run Shoreham without the excellent support of the media. The publicity that they give us, linked to our sponsors makes sure that you are kept fully updated. For more information go to www.shorehamairshow.co.uk or contact the airshow office 01273 441545.”

We all look forward to seeing you in 2014 and hope that you will attend helping us to celebrate 25 wonderful years of the RAFA Shoreham Airshow. We can’t do it without you!!

AIRSHOW NEWS: IWM Duxford air shows announced for 2014

We are delighted to announce our air show season for 2014.

We start, in May, by commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in magnificent style. July sees the nostalgia spectacular that is the Flying Legends Air Show while The Duxford Air Show, in September, offers a celebration of all things flying.

Tickets for all three air shows are now on sale. If you need your tickets delivered in time for Christmas, we recommend that you buy them before Friday 13 December, for UK delivery.

The D-Day Anniversary Air Show
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May

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, together with thrilling ground content, including a march past by Normandy veterans and serving personnel from the Parachute Regiment. This special D-Day anniversary air show is not to be missed.

Flying Legends Air Show
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July

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. Complimenting the ‘wow!’ factor in the air is the authentic 1940s atmosphere that can be experienced across the museum. It’s the closest you can get to being back at RAF Duxford in its flying heyday.

The flying display promises an unmissable fusion of power, sound, excitement and nostalgia as iconic piston-engined aircraft from across the globe perform their breathtaking flights over IWM Duxford’s historic airfield.

The Duxford Air Show
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September

The Duxford Air Show is a celebration of aviation in its many diverse and varied forms. Combinations of historic aircraft, contemporary jets, mind-boggling aerobatics and those quirky, did-I-really-just-see-that displays make The Duxford Air Show an entertaining aerial spectacle with a fabulous family atmosphere.

Air show tickets and hospitality passes are now on sale and can be purchased online at iwm.org,uk

The D-Day Anniversary Air Show

The recommended last booking date for overseas postal delivery is Friday 9 May.
The off-sale date (and last date for UK postal delivery) is Tuesday 13 May.

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

Flying Legends Air Show

The recommended last booking date for overseas postal delivery is Friday 27 June.
The off-sale date (and last date for UK postal delivery) is Tuesday 1 July.

Purchase your tickets in advance and enjoy 10% off ‘on the day’ ticket prices.

Advance ticket prices:

Adult (16 or over) £31.05
Senior (aged 60 or over) £24.30
Child (5 to 15 years) £16.30
Disabled £16.30

The Duxford Air Show

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

VIP Packages for The D-Day Anniversary Air Show and The Duxford Air Show

Enjoy a very special air show experience with our range of hospitality passes which offer the best seats in the house at The D-Day Anniversary Air Show (Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May) and The Duxford Air Show (Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September).

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.

Purchase your Gold Pass tickets before Tuesday 31 December to benefit from our 2013 price freeze.
Tickets bought this year will be charged at 2013 ticket prices; from January, 2014 ticket prices will apply.

Gold Pass – 2013 price freeze prices:

Adult one day Gold Pass £75
Adult one day Gold Pass with meal £103
Adult two day Gold Pass £130
Adult two day Gold Pass with meal £186

Silver Pass has been created specifically with families in mind. Enjoy all the atmosphere and activities that the air show has to offer, with the convenience of the Silver Pass marquee. There will also be activities in the Silver Pass marquee to entertain all the family and a refreshment point selling drinks and snacks.

Purchase your Silver Pass tickets before Tuesday 31 December to benefit from our 2013 price freeze.
Tickets bought this year will be charged at 2013 ticket prices; from January, 2014 ticket prices will apply.

Adult one day Silver Pass £50
Child one day Silver Pass £15
Family one day Silver Pass £110
Adult two day Silver Pass £90
Child two day Silver Pass £25
Family two day Silver Pass £210

VIP Packages for the Flying Legends Air Show

Our unique range of hospitality passes offer two very special air show experiences with a grandstand view at the Flying Legends Air Show (Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July).

The Bremont Flight Lounge, which is only available at the Flying Legends Air Show, offers guests an elegant and luxurious setting in prime position for the flying action. Join your guests in our tastefully themed luxury marquee. Enjoy the very best hospitality, starting with an aperitif and canapes reception, followed by a gourmet delicatessen-style buffet and concluding with an afternoon tea.

Sit back and relax in the comfort of the Bremont Flight Lounge garden while you enjoy an unrivalled view of our thrilling flying display.

To book tickets for the Bremont Flight Lounge please email flyvip@fighter-collection.com

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.

Purchase your Gold Pass tickets before Tuesday 31 December to benefit from our 2013 price freeze.
Tickets bought this year will be charged at 2013 ticket prices; from January, 2014 ticket prices will apply.

Gold Pass – 2013 price freeze prices:

Adult one day Gold Pass £75
Adult one day Gold Pass with meal £106.50
Adult two day Gold Pass £135
Adult two day Gold Pass with meal £198

AIRSHOW NEWS: Sunderland International Airshow nominated for prestigious award

ONE of the largest Airshow’s in Europe has been nominated for a prestigious award.

Sunderland International Airshow has been nominated for the Tourism Event of the Year Award at the North East England Tourism Awards 2013. The event, organised by Sunderland Live, celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.

Chris Alexander, Sunderland Live’s Chief Operating Officer, said; “We’re thrilled that the Sunderland International Airshow has been shortlisted for the North East Tourism awards. We have some tough competition from other nominees including The Ashes at Durham Cricket Club and the Lindisfarne Gospels but it’s fantastic to be in such esteemed company with other prestigious events.

This year we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the International Airshow, which was a huge success, attracting over 850,000 people to Sunderland in July to enjoy live music, family entertainment and spectacular flying displays over the North Sea.”

“There were many highlights over the weekend including a rare evening display from the Red Arrows, one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which paid tribute to the aviators of World War II as well as the Royal Netherlands Air Force Apache Solo Display Team 2013 of the 301 ‘Redskins’ Apache Squadron who brought an international element to the event and were the first Air Force worldwide to perform with the Apache helicopter.

Other highlights included; The RAF’s Tucano solo display, The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, SWIP Team, Breitling Wingwalkers and The Blades who made a welcome return to Sunderland in their original orange colours.

The North East England Tourism Awards will take place on 21 November and the winners will compete nationally against winners at the Visit England Awards next year.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Dunsfold Wings​ & Wheels wins Hero ​Award​

Dunsfold Wings and WheelsOn Friday 18th October 2013 the Wings & Wheels team was delighted to be presented with a Help for Heroes, Hero award ‘For Outstanding Support To Our Wounded’. Along with 30 other nominees, the team visited the Recovery Centre at Tedworth House in Tidworth, Wiltshire for an evening of contemplation and celebration.

Over the last five years Wings & Wheels has supported the fundraising efforts of the charity by helping to raise awareness and money as well as inviting members of the Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters to enjoy the press launch and Show.

Jim McAllister, Chief Executive, Dunsfold Park Ltd comments: “It was an honour and a privilege to be in the company of so many wonderful groups and individuals who have made such important contributions to Help for Heroes. We thoroughly enjoy supporting the charity, which has become an integral part of the Wings & Wheels team and we are proud to accept the award on behalf of everyone involved with the Show.”

The Help for Heroes, Hero Awards were started in 2010 when Bryn and Emma Parry, co-founders of the Charity, wanted to recognise those fundraisers who had gone “above and beyond” in support of Help For Heroes. The Awards are treated like “The Victoria Cross” for the charity, not necessarily based on the amount of money individuals raise, more a reflection of the style, commitment and dedication of their support.

In an ideal world, Help for Heroes would want to award everyone who has ever done anything for the charity but it just isn’t possible. Therefore, it was agreed that throughout a calendar year the Charity would nominate people for their outstanding achievements and in August of that year the list would be presented to the co-Founders to select a maximum of 50 winners who would be presented with a Hero Award from the President and Trustees of Help For Heroes at an awards ceremony, normally held in October.

The Award Criteria is as follows:

• Individuals cannot be an employed member of staff (with the exception of being a part of a fundraising team)
• Individuals can only win ONE Hero Award
• You must be nominated by Help for Heroes and selected by the co-Founders

The 2013 awards were held at Tedworth House, Recovery Centre on Friday 18th October.

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

AIRSHOW NEWS: Canberra XH134 to fly in closing display of the year at IWM Duxford Autumn Air Show this weekend

The Midair Squadron’s Canberra XH134 will perform its last public display of the season at the IWM Duxford Autumn Air Show on Sunday 13th October. Celebrating 40 years of air shows at IWM Duxford, XH134 will perform alongside other significant British aircraft including the Hawker Hurricane, a Gloster Gladiator and a variety of Spitfires.

Designed as the RAF’s first jet bomber, the Canberra had an exceptional career spanning 55 years of active service, before retiring in July 2006. Whilst serving in the RAF, the Canberra was responsible for strategic photographic reconnaissance, pilot training and enemy radar jamming and became one of Britain’s most successful and enduring jet combat aircraft. Following a complete restoration by C2 Aviation, XH134 will fly in the recently unveiled silver colour scheme of the new display team, the Midair Squadron.

Aircraft owner, Mike Davis, comments, “I’m delighted the Canberra is able to display this weekend and celebrate alongside an excess of historic British aviation excellence. A Canberra took part in the very first air show at IWM Duxford in October 1973, so it is a fitting tribute that she is back this weekend.”

In September, XH134 flew her inaugural public display at the Goodwood Revival, showcasing her new livery to an eager audience, and will shortly be flanked by two Hawker Hunter T7s in the Midair Squadron line up.

The recently launched website – www.midair-squadron.com – contains detailed information on each of the aircraft and their capabilities, plus video footage and images of the Canberra in action. For further information about the Autumn Air Show please go to iwm.org.uk.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Duxford Autumn Air Show – Celebrating 40 years of IWM Duxford air shows

Not only does the Autumn Air Show (Sunday 13 October) close this year’s flying season but it also marks 40 years since the first air show was staged at IWM Duxford.

We’ve a huge number of aircraft taking part in the celebrations, including many of the types that were present at that very first air show on 14 October 1973.

The Royal Navy Historic Flight’s (RNHF) Fairey Swordfish appeared at that first air show and, forty years on,the same aircraft flies at this year’s Autumn Air Show. The RNHF also flew a Hawker Sea Fury at the 1973 air show and will replicate that display in a Hawker T20 Sea Fury 40 years later. There is contemporary naval participation from 702 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, with a display by a Westland Lynx helicopter.

We’re delighted to feature the English Electric Canberra XH134, owned by Midair Squadron, which flies for only the second time following a major restoration. It represents the Canberra that flew at that first Duxford air show under the auspices of No.100 Squadron.

The Gloster Gladiator was also one of the aircraft on display at that first air show. It is represented by The Fighter Collection’s Gloster Gladiator, which flew for the first time, following restoration, at this year’s Flying Legends Air Show.

It wouldn’t be an IWM Duxford air show without a number of Supermarine Spitfires taking to the air. Back in 1973, the RAF presented a flying display with one Supermarine Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane. At this year’s Autumn Air Show, we present five Spitfires and a Hawker Hurricane, in our time-honoured tribute to the pilots who flew from RAF Duxford during the Battle of Britain.

The Royal Air Force has been present at many of IWM Duxford’s air shows since that first show in 1973. At the Autumn Air Show, the RAF is represented through a spirited display by a Shorts Tucano from 72 (R) Squadron, RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

Back in the 1970s, the sight of a P-51 Mustang was a rare treat on British shores. The first Mustang appeared at the Duxford 77 display, having flown across the Atlantic for the occasion. The North American P-51D Mustang which will display at the Autumn Air Show is now owned by resident organisation The Old Flying Machine Company. It was previously owned by The Fighter Collection, also based at IWM Duxford, and was the founding aircraft of that organisation’s fleet of aircraft.

If you’ve been to IWM Duxford air shows before, you are bound to have seen the rip-roaring performance by Heritage Aviation Developments’ Hawker Hunter Miss Demeanour, in its vibrant livery. A real crowd-pleaser, it flies at the Autumn Air Show to represent the RAF’s Hawker Hunter which flew at the 1973 Duxford air show.

In 1973, the Army Air Corps presented a helicopter handling demonstration with a Westland Scout helicopter. For our 40th anniversary air show the Corps presents a contemporary flying display by the AgustaWestland WAH-64D Apache helicopter.

The North American Harvard and de Havilland Chipmunk aircraft have been regular attendees at IWM Duxford air shows over the past 40 years. The Autumn Air Show features Harvards from resident companies The Fighter Collection and Aircraft Restoration Company. The latter also brings a de Havilland Chipmunk to the flying display.

Aircraft Restoration Company’s Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun first flew at Duxford in 1975. It was a regular sight at Duxford air shows under the ownership of Lindsay Walton and it will once again delight the crowds at the Autumn Air Show.

We also showcase a variety of the aircraft restored and flown by our flying partners, who have been an integral part of Duxford’s flying heritage for many of the past 40 years.

B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B has been resident at IWM Duxford since 1975, longer than any other airworthy historic aircraft. A great favourite amongst our air show visitors, Sally B performs an elegant display in honour of the thousands of young Americans who gave their lives in the Second World War.

Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina, operated by Plane Sailing Air Displays Limited, celebrated its 70th birthday in August. It has recently enjoyed worldwide celebrity, as it successfully completed the Circuit of Britain flight, 100 years after it was first attempted in a Sopwith Waterplane.

David and Mark Miller have been restoring aircraft at IWM Duxford for 27 years. Mark flies their de Havilland Dragon Rapide and also their Auster Autocrat G-AGTO, which has been based at Duxford since 1978.

The Grumman F8F Bearcat is one of the historic fighter aircraft most associated with IWM Duxford. It was amongst the first aircraft to be owned by The Fighter Collection and is most famous as the aircraft of choice for Stephen Grey when performing his famous ‘joker’ routine at the Flying Legends Air Show.

The Fighter Collection also presents its F4F Wildcat, Curtiss Hawk 75, Curtiss P40B, Curtiss Hawk P40F and Beechcraft Staggerwing.

Aircraft Restoration Company also displays its DHC-2 Beaver, built as a dependable utility aircraft designed to operate from short airstrips, on floats and skis.

The Autumn Air Show also features a display by two Hispano Buchon 109 aircraft, operated by Spitfire Limited and Aircraft Restoration Company/Historic Flying Limited. The sight of the Buchon aircraft flying over IWM Duxford’s historic airfield is always instantly reminiscent of the legendary 1968 film Battle of Britain, which was filmed on location at Duxford.

Other exciting flying displays adding to the celebratory flavour include the Red Bull Matadors in their Xtreme XA41 aircraft performing spectacular aerobatics; the Boeing PT-17 Stearman from Golden Apple Operations Limited in its familiar blue and yellow livery; a pair of North American T-28 Fennecs from Radial Revelations and Groupe Fennec; FrazerBlades’ Piper L-4 Cub; the small but perfectly formed LeVeir Cosmic Wind operated by Pete Kynsey and Anna Walker, a graceful and fast aerobatic racer aircraft; the Nieuport 17 replica, star of the film Fly Boys; and the North American F-86 Sabre operated by Golden Apple Operations, which is the world’s only airworthy ‘A’ model. It carries the distinctive colours used by the United States Air Force in Korea and flies at the Autumn Air Show during the 60th anniversary year of the end of the Korean War.

With a wide range of activities to enjoy before the flying starts and the whole museum open to explore, why not join us to celebrate 40 years of air shows at IWM Duxford?

Advance booking has now closed but you can pay on the gate as you join us this weekend

AIRSHOW NEWS: Battle of the aerobatics at The Duxford Air Show

There’s an array of amazing aerobatic spectaculars in store at The Duxford Air Show this weekend!

Opening Saturday’s flying display in gallic style is the Patrouille de France, the precision aerobatic display team of the French Air Force, who are one of the world’s most skilled demonstration teams. They’ll perform in the flying programme on Sunday, too.

On Saturday, Pete Kynsey flies the Levier Cosmic Wind, the only aircraft of its type flying anywhere in the world. This aerobatic air racer is called Ballerina II and is as nimble in the air as its name suggests.

There is no greater exponent of the Bucker Jungmann acrobatic aircraft than Anna Walker. Performing classic and competition-style aerobatics, including a challenging inverted low-level pass over the IWM Duxford airfield, Anna will be wowing the crowd on Saturday 7 September.

Also flying on Saturday, and not to be confused with the famous aerobatic act which will be closing the weekend’s flying display, are The Red Sparrows, four de Havilland Chipmunk trainer aircraft which will be flying in close formation displays.

Mark Jeffries controls the skies from all angles in his Extra 330SC aircraft. Mark is nine-time British aerobatic champion and his dizzy aerobatics will have a jaw-dropping effect on air show audiences on Saturday and Sunday.

The Aerostars have been thrilling air show visitors with their tightly choreographed aerobatics, roaring radial engines and striking smoke effects for 17 years. They are a perennial favourite at IWM Duxford air shows and their imaginative displays will no doubt be a hit on the Saturday of The Duxford Air Show.

Sunday’s flying programme concludes in grand style with The Red Arrows, the world-renowned and instantly-recognisable aerobatic team of the Royal Air Force.

Alongside the eye-popping, head-swivelling aerobatic thrills and spills is a range of diverse and exciting flying displays.

One of the highlights of Saturday’s flying display will be the arrival of the Boeing 747-8F, operated by Stansted Airport-based Global Supply Systems Limited and leased to British Airways World Cargo, in its debut UK air show appearance.

On both Saturday and Sunday, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster, Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire pay tribute to the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid.

The historic jet-powered pairing of the North American F-86 Sabre and the CT-133 Shooting Star will contrast with the thunderous contemporary engines of the Eurofighter Typhoon, which can be seen later in the flying programme on Saturday and which opens the show in ferocious style on Sunday.

The daredevil Piper Cub truck-top landing is an amazing feat of skill and precision that will entrance audiences on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday’s flying programme sees a demonstration of Royal Air Force capability with a search and rescue demonstration by the Westland Sea King operated by 22 Squadron at Wattisham Airfield and a display by the Shorts Tucano, operated by the Central Flying School at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

Visitors to The Duxford Air Show will also enjoy the piston-engined power of the Grumman Bearcat and Wildcat duo; the elegance of the B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B; the powerful B-25 Mitchell, two de Havilland Vampires and a range of Supermarine Spitfires in a classic Battle of Britain tail chase with a Hispano Buchon (Messerschmitt Bf 109).

Entertainment continues across the museum throughout the day, with 1940s living history groups, children’s rides, the chance to clamber aboard Duxford Aviation Society’s retro airliners, fun history activities and the chance to explore the whole museum.

You can also meet Colonel Richard Graham, who flew the SR-71 Blackbird which is now on display in the American Air Museum. Colonel Graham will be hosting fascinating walk-around tours of the SR-71 Blackbird in the American Air Museum at 10.30am and noon on both days of the air show. He will also be signing copies of his new book, SR-71: The Complete Illustrated History of the Blackbird.

Join us for The Duxford Air Show, a fantastically fun flying weekend for all the family!

Advance booking has now closed but you can pay on the gate as you join us this weekend.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Wings & Wheels Set for Spectacular Show

Dunsfold Wings and WheelsThe unmissable, sensational summer event for the whole family, Wings & Wheels, returns on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August 2013 at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey (home to BBC’s Top Gear). *NEW* attractions will blow your mind and famous favourites in the air and on the ground 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 confirmed participation from show favourites (on both days) 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.

You don’t need to be a petrol head to delight in the ‘Wheels’ of the show as the paddock gleams with perfect paintwork and the deep murmur and reverberation of finely tuned engines fills 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 180 entrants each day are Porsche 911, Dodge Monaco, TVR Tasmin 280i, Ducati Mutistrada 1200s, Ferrari F355 Berlinetta, Ford GT40, Lotus Elise 49 and the stunning Benetton F1 B190.

We’ve revamped our Wheels Zone which features interactive displays from clubs and a *NEW* crowd line parade. The Stunt Zone not only returns with a fast action rally driving drift display, but hosts gravity defying demonstrations of balance, back flips and somersaults in some hair raising pyrotechnic stunt performances proving two wheels are just as dramatic as four!

The *NEW* improved Military Zone & Paddock adds some classic nostalgia to the ‘Wheel’s, as the regal Military Vehicles complete a cavalcade for spectators before taking their place in our living history and re-enactment displays including a live battle at 11:00 each day.

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.

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.

And it doesn’t stop there! Evening entertainment is the latest addition to Wings & Wheels on Saturday. In the Military Zone we’re introducing a live DJ from the 1940s Radio Station to recreate the sounds of the 40s from England and America. Swing, Big Band and Jazz will be played throughout the day until late. Nestled on a stage of straw in amongst kustom hot rods, Lights Out will be playing a mix of Rock n Roll, Doowop and Rockabilly in the Wheels Zone. And finally, taking centre stage in the middle of the Arena, is local band Geneva. They’ve something for everyone thanks to their huge repertoire ranging from 50’s Rock’n’Roll, through 60’s Soul, 70’s Funk, 80’s Pop, 90’s Indie and the best artists of the present-day.

The 9th annual Wings & Wheels will be held over the August Bank holiday weekend; Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th August 2013, 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 2013 will be assisting fundraising efforts for Brooklands Museum Trust and Help for Heroes.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Unique flypast by Boeing 747-8F at The Duxford Air Show

We are delighted to announce that a Boeing 747-8F, operated by Stansted Airport-based Global Supply Systems Limited and leased to British Airways World Cargo will be appearing at The Duxford Air Show on Saturday 7 September. This will be the debut air show appearance by a Boeing 747-8F in the UK.

The largest freighter aircraft on the British register, the Boeing 747-8F will make two flypasts at The Duxford Air Show. It will be a magnificent sight as it fills the skies over IWM Duxford.

David Curgenven, Head of Quality and Safety at Global Supply Systems Limited said: “We are delighted to be flying over The Duxford Air Show on Saturday 7 September and hope that visitors will be thrilled by the spectacle of the Boeing 747-8F as it overflies IWM Duxford’s historic airfield.”

Richard Ashton, Director, IWM Duxford, said: “The unique sight of the Boeing 747-8F will be an absolute highlight of the flying programme on Saturday 7 September. We are grateful to British Airways World Cargo and Global Supply Systems Limited for making this unique experience possible. I hope that visitors to The Duxford Air Show will be as excited by this rare air show moment as I am!”

The Boeing 747 carries around half of the world’s air freight. In November 2011, Global Supply Systems Limited became the first operator in the UK of the 747-8F, receiving the second and third aircraft in December 2011. All three aircraft went into service immediately after arrival at Stansted Airport.

Compared to passenger models of the aircraft, the upper deck is shorter, while the fuselage is stretched by 5.575 metres. It has a maximum take-off weight of 442,000 kg, with a maximum payload of 140,000 kgs. The aircraft can fly non-stop for 4,390 miles.

David Curgenven says: “We carry everything from Formula One cars to live animals to outsize cargo such as wind turbine blades.”

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the majestic Boeing 747-8F dominate the skies over IWM Duxford on Saturday 7 September at The Duxford Air Show.

Purchase your tickets for The Duxford Air Show by Bank Holiday Monday 26 August at our advance booking rate and enjoy 10% off our ‘on the day’ ticket prices. Also, one free child ticket is available with every adult or senior ticket purchased in advance.

For further information on The Duxford Air Show, including ticket prices, go to iwm.org.uk

 

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