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AIRSHOW NEWS: Bournemouth Air Festival takes flight

Image © Paul Johnson

The 2014 Bournemouth Air Festival, supported by Mouchel and City Fibre, has confirmed the line up of this summer’s magnificent aircraft – from historic flying machines, jets and display teams to sparkling dusk displays and parachute teams, there’s something for everyone. This year organisers have developed Night Air, sponsored by Corona, and are welcoming a number of new aircraft to the Festival including the much anticipated Canadian Lancaster, displaying at the weekend with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and the Mid Air Squadron Canberra XH134.

In 1951 the Canberra joined the RAF as the first jet powered bomber. Believed to be the world’s longest serving bomber, the aircraft retired from active duty in 2006, now fully restored it is the only air-worthy Canberra of its type in the world.

Owner Mike Davis commented; Owner Mike Davis commented; “The Midair Squadron is an expertly managed passion and we’re really looking forward to bringing an aura of classic elegance to the skies of Bournemouth!”

Headlining the aviation action are the Red Arrows – representing the incredible speed, agility and precision of the Royal Air Force they will be displaying on all 4-days, Thursday at 1515, Friday 1500, Saturday 1635 and Sunday 1210. The RAF will also be displaying the Eurofighter Typhoon (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and Tutor and Tucano training aircraft. The much anticipated weekend display will undoubtedly be when the world’s last two airworthy Lancaster bombers take centre stage the breathtaking Canadian Lancaster with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – in a meeting unlikely to happen ever again this is a must see for everyone.

There will be a host of Armed Forces helicopters taking to the skies with performances from The Royal Navy Merlin and for the first time a Lynx and Wildcat pairing; watch out for the Army Lynx and RAF Chinook, both flying every day.

Bournemouth favourite the Miss Demeanour soars to the Festival on Friday and Saturday and back to impress with magnificent grace Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the Flying Fortress SallyB. The recently announced Avro Vulcan displays Saturday.

This year the fantastic daytime air display program is complemented by a longer dusk display starting at 7.15pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. New for this year’s Night Air line-up are the Blades performing a sunset display Friday and Saturday night (and Sunday daytime). Sponsored by the Miramar Hotel O’Briens Flying Circus and the Twister Duo will set the skies alight and The Red Devils Parachute Team, sponsored by the Patrons 100 Club, finishes the evening line up.

Jon Weaver, Air Festival Director added; “This year’s line-up is really ambitious, it’s got Festival favourites, Force and civilian teams, fast jets, loud aircraft, display teams and a sprinkle of dusk pyrotechnics. That’s not forgetting everything that’s happening on the ground, at sea and in the evening!”

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

AIRSHOW NEWS: Surprise aircraft announced for the Flying Legends Air Show

Over 50 historic aircraft, from across the world, to display at this world-famous air show

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July 2014

The Fighter Collection is delighted to announce a surprise addition to the flying participation for the Flying Legends Air Show 2014.

The Planes of Fame Boeing P-26 Peashooter will cross the Atlantic to display at the Flying Legends Air Show; the only opportunity to see this unique aircraft in action in 2014. You can see the aircraft up-close on the flight line walk before watching it perform a stunning solo display during the afternoon’s flying programme.

The Boeing P-26 Peashooter was the first all-metal US Army fighter monoplane. 151 aircraft were built from 1932 to 1936. They first saw combat with the Chinese Nationalist Air Force on 15 August 1937. On this day, eight P-26 Peashooters engaged 20 Japanese Claude bombers and scored two victories without loss.

One of a group of P-26s, turned over to the Philippine Army in late 1941, was amongst the first Allied fighters to down a Japanese aircraft in the Second World War.

This P-26 Peashooter, the only airworthy example in the world, was acquired by Ed Maloney, Founder of the Planes of Fame Air Museum, in 1955. It resides at the museum in Chino, California.

Over 50 aircraft will take part in this year’s Flying Legends Air Show, including four rare Mark I Spitfires amongst a total of 12 Spitfires taking to the skies.

The Flying Bulls return with their superb Lockheed P-38 Lightning, North American B-25 Mitchell and Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair. There is also a rare chance to see the Breitling Super Constellation in the UK. This sleek post-war passenger aircraft will be open for visitors to clamber aboard and explore before it takes to the skies for a thrilling flying display.

The Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin Stifung Foundation flies its Junkers Ju-52 to the Flying Legends Air Show from Germany; French-based Amicale Jean Baptiste SALIS presents its Junkers Ju-52; and Dakota Norway returns to the Flying Legends Air Show with its Douglas C-53D-DO Dakota.

The Fighter Collection presents its entire collection of historic aircraft at this year’s Flying Legends Air Show, including a rare Hawker Nimrod Mark I and a Gloster Gladiator, the last biplane fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force.

For a full flying participation list, go to www.fighter-collection.com and www.flyinglegends.com.

The Flying Legends Air Show has a unique nostalgic wartime atmosphere.

In the Vintage Village, enjoy live music from The Manhattan Dolls, who’ll be jetting in from New York to thrill the crowds with evocative 1940s songs, and also from the Winslow Concert Band, who’ll be performing wartime Swing and Big Band numbers.

You can also climb aboard the Home Front Bus, have a vintage hair and make-up transformation and sit in a replica Spitfire. Laurel and Hardy will be creating havoc in the Vintage Village with their slapstick comedy.

Meet Ops 1939-45, who represent Battle of Britain-era RAF pilots and ground crew with uncanny accuracy. They’ll be chatting to visitors in their dispersal point display as they await the call to scramble.

The 42nd Field Hospital portrays US Army medical personnel from the Second World War, while the Screaming Eagles Living History Group will be representing servicemen from the 101st US Airborne Division, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Easy Company during the Second World War. They will have displays at the air show and will be bringing the 1940s to life in US style.

In the American Air Museum, meet Boeing B-29 Superfortress pilot Paul Maupin, who will be hosting walk-around tours of our B-29 Superfortress on Saturday and Sunday at 10am, 11am and noon.

Following a career as a Chief Pilot and Aviation Department Manager for a large financial company in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, Paul is now a co-pilot for the Commemorative Air Forces, flying the Boeing B-29 Superfortress and the Boeing B-24 Liberator. At the Flying Legends Air Show, he’ll be chatting to visitors about flying these iconic aircraft.

Paul says: “Flying the B-29 is a privilege. I think about the responsibility I have before each flight. The plane has no boosted controls, and is physically demanding to fly. The view out the front requires some getting used to. However, after a little practice, the plane is just fun to fly! She is a grand lady!”

Join us for the world-famous Flying Legends Air Show; a unique air show experience.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Three more flight displays confirmed for Clacton Air Show 2014

The line-up for this year’s Clacton Air Show is really beginning to take-off with three more flight displays confirmed as part of the two day programme.

The Sea King Helicopter, The Tutor and the Autogyro will take to the skies on both August 21 and 22 to thrill fans.

They will join the world famous Red Arrows, who are appearing on the Friday, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), the prized Avro Lancaster owned by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and the Tucano, all of which fly both days.

The Sea King is always a popular visitor to the Clacton event and is greatly appreciated for the search and rescue (SAR) role it carries out from six locations around the UK.

The SAR squadrons provide 24-hour cover and each maintain a 15-minute readiness state during daylight hours and a 45-minute readiness state during the hours of darkness.

The RAF Tutor makes a welcome return after a year’s absence. This cost-effective, modern, elementary aircraft combines docile handling characteristics with good performance – making ideal for its training role.

The Autogyro was a new addition to the show in 2013 and went down very well with spectators.

Its display is formulated to be fun, exciting and exhilarating and something just a little bit different to the other displays on offer.

The Autogyro is cleared to fly just 50m from the crowd line at 100ft or less enabling spectators on the ground to interact with the pilot.

Mark Platt, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism, Events and Leisure Services, said the show promises to be one of the best ever.

“We will see two Lancasters flying together for the very first time over Clacton and that will be an amazing sight. On top of that we can boast a varied line-up which we will continue to add to over the coming weeks,” he said.

“I am assured by our team behind the event that there will be one or two extra surprises to yet be pulled out of the hat and further announcements will be made very soon.

“Having only recently taken over my role, it will be my first air show as Cabinet Member and I am really looking forward to a spectacular two days.”

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 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 sponsorship opportunities, hospitality, or trade space should contact 01255 686683 or 01255 686654.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Apache’s Explosive Display Confirmed at Wings & Wheels

Image © Paul Johnson

The Apache Attack Helicopter Display Team will be exploding onto the aerodrome this August Bank Holiday when they join the Wings & Wheels line-up on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August at Dunsfold Aerodrome in, Guildford, Surrey.

Whilst treating visitors to heart stopping acrobatic manoeuvres, the team will also be demonstrating the might of the helicopter’s fire power. In a series of simulated air to ground missile attacks using the aptly named Hellfire missiles, rockets and a 30mm chain gun, this display is not for the faint hearted as it culminates in fire balls and explosions!

Jamie McAllister, Event Director comments: “The skill of the pilots in demonstrating the agility of these helicopters is just one of the Show’s many highlights. The added excitement of explosions and fire to the Apache team’s display not only provides a fantastic insight into the work that the British Army do while out on operations but showcases the astonishing capabilities of the aircraft which are in service.”

The Apache team performs manoeuvres in the helicopter, including high hovers, twists, pedal turns, wingovers and flypasts. Drawn from a pool of suitably qualified and experienced, operationally ready, Apache aircrew and ground crew, the team is not on permanent assignment like other display teams and uses aircraft drawn from the operational Apache Squadrons.

Image © Paul Johnson

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 Lancasterand 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: Vulcan in full effect at Bournemouth

Avro Vulcan XH558 at Bournemouth Air Festival - Image © Paul Johnson


It’s the news everyone has been waiting to hear – Air Festival organisers have confirmed the Avro Vulcan XH558 will be bringing its awesome roar to Bournemouth this August.

Thanks to a collective effort by Merley House, Vulcan to Bournemouth and Vulcan enthusiast Stephen Young Lord of Westbury and Waxham, the only airworthy example of the classic Cold War bomber has been funded for a single appearance on Saturday 30th August.

Maggie Keet, Bournemouth Vulcan to the Sky Trust said: ‘Seeing the magnificent Vulcan fly is a unique experience. As a representative of Vulcan to Bournemouth I’m so pleased it can now be enjoyed by spectators at the Bournemouth Air Festival once again.’

Councillor Lawrence Williams, Tourism Portfolio Holder, commented: ‘We’re extremely grateful to all those who helped to raise the funds to showcase the spectacular Vulcan XH558 at this year’s Air Festival. It’s an exceptional aircraft and I know many people, like me, will be looking forward to seeing it gracefully glide through Bournemouth’s skies.’

The iconic Vulcan has been a much-loved regular aircraft at the Air Festival since its first appearance in 2009, amazing the hundreds of thousands of people along the packed event arena with its size, roar and sheer presence.

Dr Robert Pleming, Chief Executive of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust said;
We are absolutely delighted that the Vulcan is returning once again to the beautiful venue of Bournemouth, particularly so because it is one of the premier seaside resorts in the UK, in addition to being one of our favourite display venues and an excellent backdrop for an appearance by this iconic aircraft. In the past we have experienced some technical difficulties which have sadly precluded us appearing in the Festival so we are really looking forward to having the opportunity to thrill and inspire the huge crowds that will undoubtedly come along to this superb event.

For more information visit bournemouthair.co.uk, see the official Air Festival Facebook page and follow the official Twitter feed @bmthairfest

AIRSHOW NEWS: First headline aircraft announced for the Flying Legends Air Show

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.

The Fighter Collection is delighted to announce the first confirmed aircraft taking part in the Flying Legends Air Show 2014, to whet your appetite for the fantastic flying that awaits you on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July.

The Breitling Super Constellation returns to the United Kingdom for the first time in a decade. It will display exclusively at the Flying Legends Air Show on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July.

Designed and built by the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation to a specification from the legendary Howard Hughes, the Constellation was the world’s first commercially successful pressurised airliner. It heralded a new post-war era of safe, comfortable and fast transatlantic air travel.

This graceful aircraft became synonymous with the halcyon days of the large propliner. It is widely regarded with awe and affection, as only a handful of Constellation aircraft remain airworthy today.

Not only will you see the Constellation take to the air at the Flying Legends Air Show, you’ll also be able to see it up close on static display and can even clamber onboard.

The Flying Bulls bring their immaculate Lockheed P-38 Lightning, North American B-25 Mitchell and Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair to the Flying Legends Air Show, having wowed the crowds with their stunning flying displays in recent years.

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning is a very rare aircraft. The Flying Bulls’ P-38 is the only one of its kind in Europe. It took four years to restore it to the pristine condition you can see it in today. It is one of the most beautiful and well-maintained Lightning aircraft that can be seen worldwide; a graceful aeroplane, both on the ground and in the air.

The Flying Bulls’ North American B-25J Mitchell is an example of the most frequently-built version of the B-25 Mitchell. Without a doubt one of the most beautiful aircraft of the North American fleet, the Flying Bulls’ Mitchell display is a highlight for fans of historic aircraft.

There are only 15 airworthy Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair aircraft in the world today. The prototype of the Corsair was developed in 1938. It was designed to reach maximum speed with minimal air resistance and was mainly used by the US Marine Corps and the US Navy during the Pacific War. Additional compartments were used to carry and drop bombs on enemy targets. After dropping the bombs, pilots still had a heavy fighter aircraft to control, but one with excellent performance and a top speed that was hard to beat at that time. During the Korean War, this model was still in use; one Corsair pilot famously outran a Soviet jet in a Corsair. This single-seat aerial masterpiece can be seen in full aerobatic mode at the Flying Legends Air Show.

You’ll also be able to get up close to these stunning aircraft on the flight line walk over the weekend.

The Fighter Collection presents its entire collection of historic aircraft at this year’s Flying Legends Air Show, including a Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat, which was built in 1948 and served with the US Navy until 1957; a Grumman Hellcat, the only example of its type flying outside the United States and one of the best carrier-borne aircraft of all time; a Grumman Wildcat FM2 which flew with No.846 Squadron of the Royal Navy during the Second World War; a Gloster Gladiator, the last biplane fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force; a rare Hawker Nimrod Mark I which flew with 802 Naval Air Squadron from 1930; a Curtiss Hawk 75, which was one of the first production batch of 100 aircraft sent to the French Air Force in 1939; a Curtiss P-40F Warhawk, one of only two airworthy examples of this type in the world and a Goodyear Corsair FG-1D, an original example of this type of aircraft, which has never undergone restoration and is one of the few Corsairs still flying with fabric wings.

The Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin Stiftung Foundation flies its Junkers Ju-52 and Messerschmitt Me-108 B1 Taifun to the Flying Legends Air Show from Germany.

The Foundation’s Junkers JU-52 embarked on its first flight in 1936 and spent almost 20 years transporting passengers between Germany and Norway. Its Messerschmitt Me-108 was used by the German Luftwaffe for courier flights and training.

Amicale Jean Baptiste SALIS will also present its Junkers Ju-52 at the Flying Legends Air Show; a rare showing of two Junker Ju-52 aircraft. This Ju-52 is one of the first CASA 352s built in Spain. The fuselage was manufactured in Germany by Junkers and the wings were manufactured by CASA in 1943. The fuselage was sent to Spain with 30 others, to join the assembly line. Following its decommission from military service, this Ju-52 was acquired by a British movie company, before being purchased and meticulously restored by Amicale Jean Baptiste SALIS in 1990.

Dakota Norway makes a welcome return to the Flying Legends Air Show with its Douglas C-53D–DO Dakota. This Dakota was delivered to the US Eighth Air Force on 8 October 1943 and participated in operations from October 1943 until 1945.

MaxAlpha Aviation will display its Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIIIc D-FEUR. It was built in 1944 in Southampton and was ferried by famous ATA girl Mary Wilkins-Ellis. In September 1944, the Spitfire was shipped to Australia where it arrived at the end of November and was stored. In 1948, it was assembled and used for system testing.

Also from MaxAlpha Aviation is the Chance Vought F4U-5NL Corsair, probably the last-surviving F4U-5NL which operated with the Flying Nightmares US Navy Marine squadron in the Korean War, and the North American T-51 Mustang D-FTSI which was delivered to the United States Air Force in 1950.

Also taking to the skies are the ever-popular B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane and Avro Lancaster.

Enhance your viewing enjoyment of these spectacular aircraft by purchasing a place in our seating enclosure. It costs £5 per seat, on a first-come, first served basis.

The 2014 Flying Legends Air Show illustration

The Flying Legends Air Show is renowned for its striking commemorative artwork.

For the first time, French illustrator Romain Hugault has been commissioned to provide the official image for the Flying Legends Air Show.

Romain Hugault is the son of a French Air Force Colonel. As a young boy, he was fascinated by aviation and gained his private pilot’s license at the age of 17. Co-owner of a small aeroplane that used to transport Field Marshal Alphones Juin during the Second World War, he spent a lot of time flying across France.

When torn between two career choices, that of aircraft pilot or artist, he found a happy medium and became a comic book illustrator with a focus on aviation.

His attention to detail has made his work highly respected within the worldwide aviation community. Romain always begins a comic book with a particular aircraft in mind; for example, his best seller The Grand Duke features, at the heart of the story, the Heinkel He-219.

On creating the artwork for the Flying Legends Air Show 2014, Romain said: “Creating the poster for the Flying Legends Air Show was a real honour. After being a visitor to the show for the last four years, I am delighted to be able to contribute to this fantastic event. I hope the public will like it.”

You can see more of Romain’s work at www.romainhugault.com. He’ll also be at the Flying Legends Air Show signing copies of his comic books.

Make your Flying Legends experience extra special

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 flyvip@fighter-collection.com

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 iwm.org.uk or by calling our box office on 01223 499 353.

AIRSHOW NEWS: New sponsor and supporters for Shoreham Airshow

The 2014 Shoreham Airshow is pleased to welcome on board another New Sponsor ‘GT Lifting Solutions’, Lifting Equipment Hire Specialists – and two New Supporters ‘Eurofighter Typhoon’ manufacturers the worlds most advanced swing-role combat aircraft and ‘Latest TV’ the New Brighton Regional Television Network.

Derek Harber, the Airshow Organizer confirmed this following discussions with all the companies. “It is important for us to have their support. Running an event such as ours, there are many hidden extras. By having such organizations on board, it allows us to allocate funding to other parts of the airshow!

‘GT Lifting Solutions’ Managing Director Graham Trundell said. “I am pleased to sponsor an aircraft at the Shoreham Airshow – it is a long running institution within the community, with a huge International following.”

Peter Teichmans, PRU-Blue Painted Supermarine Spitfire MkXI PL965 Photographic Reconnaissance Aircraft. It is an extremely rare aircraft with an interesting history. Peter who owns Hanger 11 has been involved in display flying for many years, and has built up a unique collection of aircraft, many which have appeared at Shoreham before. “I am indebted for GT Lifting Solutions support. Funding a display, helps keep these magnificent aircraft flying, especially at Shoreham, which has always been one of my favorite airshow venues.”

One of the highlights in the flying display for both days will be the RAF Typhoon. For the 2014 season it is being flown by Flt Lt Noel Rees from 29 (R) Squadron based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. Flt Lt Rees will be demonstrating the full turning and burning performance of the Typhoon during his display sequence. ‘Eurofighter’ will be offering behind the scenes support to the airshow organizing team.

‘thelatest.tv’ is one of the new television channels to start in the UK on July 18th. It will broadcast on Channel 8 and Sky along with other selected networks including Freeview. Shoreham cannot run without the support of the media. “To have one of the new approved Regional Television Stations providing media coverage, and reportage updates by Talk Sports Mike Mendoza, will be a new venture for us. thelatest.tv, which will cover an area from Eastbourne to Chichester, wants to be seen to support such events. It is great news for the airshows established Press Team,” said John Periam – Press Officer.

YET ANOTHER FIRST – ‘THE HONOURABLE COMPANY OF AIR PILOTS CHOOSES SHOREHAM VENUE FOR ANNUAL MASTERS GARDEN PARTY’

What a year it is for aviation at Shoreham! The Honourable Company of Air Pilots has chosen this year’s airshow to hold their annual ‘Masters Garden Party’. Over 100 pilots, navigators and their guests will be attending the popular get together. Dorothy Saul-Pooley has the honour of being the first female Master of the Company. Dorothy is a Shoreham-Based flying instructor, and examiner with a wealth of experience, linked to a degree in law.

“What could be a better venue than Shoreham? I have had many happy hours flying here, and to support this, the 25th Anniversary Airshow is a golden opportunity to invite many of my colleagues to this wonderful aviation event at the UK’s oldest private airfield. To see the world’s last two flying Lancaster’s is an extra bonus for us all,” Dorothy added!

The flying programme for both the 30th and 31st of August will include over 50 participating aircraft in a six hour display. For more information go to www.shorehamairshow.co.uk – the ticket hotline number is 01903 282360, and tickets can also be purchased at over 90 retail outlets which can be seen in all the regional (sponsored) press advertisements in Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex. Southern Trains, who have supported us for many years, will also be providing special travel arrangements for the event. If you want to see the Airshow in style please contact the Airshow office on 01273 441545, for Executive Enclosure bookings.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Two Lancaster Bombers To Fly at Clacton Air Show For The Very First Time

The only two remaining airworthy Lancaster bombers in the world are due to take to the skies over Clacton for the very first time.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) has once again signed up for both days of the event on August 21 and 22.

The BBMF Lancaster is to be joined by the prized Avro Lancaster owned by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM), which has been kept airborne by a $500,000 fundraising drive.

Now with its engines overhauled it will be appearing at a number of displays and activities in the UK during a month long visit to the country in August, including Clacton.

Mark Platt, TDC’s Cabinet member for Culture, Tourism, Events and Leisure Services, said it is a major coup for the show.

“To see two Lancasters flying together over our town will be an amazing sight to behold and I am sure it will pull in even more visitors this year,” he said.

“It will be a rare opportunity to witness the only two airworthy Lancasters in action and I can’t wait.

“Being a qualified pilot myself with a big interest in aircraft it will be an incredible experience not to be missed.”

The Canadian Lancaster is the jewel in the crown of the CWHM’s aircraft and it was only revealed earlier this month that it was all systems go for it to come over to the UK this summer.

“We had to wait for the final green light before we could make this announcement and it will be a memorable addition to our programme this year,” added Cllr Platt.

It has already been announced that the Clacton Air Show has secured the Red Arrows, one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams on Friday August 22.

It is a significant achievement to have the team back as they are in great demand in their 50th display season.

The Red Arrows have been appearing at the Clacton Air Show for more than 20 years now.

Another aircraft definitely making it to Clacton is the Tucano and further announcements about the programme are due to be made by the air show team over the coming months.

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 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 sponsorship opportunities, hospitality, or trade space should contact 01255 686683 or 01255 686654.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Midair Squadron’s Canberra PR9 is welcomed to home turf at Festival of Flight, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, flanked by both Hunter T7s

Midair Canberra PR9

The Midair Squadron is delighted to confirm their appearance at the BE Aerospace Festival of Flight in Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland on the 9th August 2014, hosting a tangible link to the past.

Canberra XH134, the world’s only airworthy Canberra PR9, is one of only 23 of these aircraft to be manufactured by Short Brothers and Harland Ltd in Belfast between 1958 and 1962. The Canberra is believed to be the longest serving aircraft in RAF history, and was only retired from active operation in July 2006.

En route to Newcastle, the Midair Squadron will overfly where the Canberra’s sister, XH131, stands proud in the Ulster Aviation Society’s collection at Long Kesh.

Following the type’s retirement, XH131 was donated to the Ulster Aviation Society by Midair Squadron owner, Mike Davis, and was transported by road to the Society’s base in 2010 as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) support project to conserve and explore the heritage of the aircraft.

Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Flt Lt Mike Leckey, Midair Squadron’s Chief Pilot, will be at the controls of XH134, which will be flanked by both Squadron Hunters. Schooled in Belfast, Leckey joined the Royal Air Force in 1988 and has flown over 2,700 hours on the Canberra during his time in the military.

Commenting on his and the Canberra’s homecoming, Flt Lt Mike Leckey, says, “To fly the Canberra over home crowds will be a fitting tribute and testament to the Midair Squadron and the force behind this historic and unique aviation team. The Canberra is an exceptional aircraft combining both power and beauty, and we are thrilled to be joining the line up at the Newcastle Festival of Flight.”

Jeff Salter, Festival of Flight organiser comments, “It was the Canberra B5 prototype which held the return Atlantic crossing record from Aldergrove to Gander and back in 10 hours 3 minutes. The record being achieved in 1952.

“We’re delighted to welcome the Midair Squadron to Northern Ireland, and are particularly excited to witness the spectacular sight and sound of the Canberra PR9 and her sister Hunters, and hear their famous howls.”

For further information on the Midair Squadron and their display schedule, please visit www.midair-squadron.com

AIRSHOW NEWS: Combined Ops show to commemorate Frontline Kent

The Combined Ops Show this year commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War 1, the 75th Anniversary of the outbreak of World War 2 and the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at the Headcorn Aerodrome, Ashford, Kent.

The First World War

Combined Ops will be commemorating the start of the First World War with demonstrations of WW1 weapons and equipment by re-enactors representing British and German soldiers of the period, as part of the multi-period living history. In addition they will take part in a recreation of a First World War battle, which will include a replica WW1 British Mark IV tank.

World War 2 and the D-Day Landings

From early 1944 until September of that year, Headcorn Aerodrome (then known as RAF Lashenden) was the operational base for RAF, Canadian Air Force and US Army Air Force fighter and fighter bomber aircraft which were flying from there in support of Allied landings in Normandy on D-Day and afterwards.

The Aerodrome still retains many of its wartime features, including the Mess Hall, various hangers and support buildings, as well as an almost unique example of the Hamilton retractable airfield defence gun turrets. All these can be seen on the aerodrome during the show, as well as the Lashenden Airwarfare Museum, which houses one of the very few surviving examples of the V1 Flying Bomb.

In the air, the show will feature the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, who will be putting on their amazing display on both days. All these types of aircraft featured during the D-Day operations and of course the Hurricane was the principal RAF fighter plane at the start of WW2. The wartime role of RAF Lashenden will be particularly commemorated with flying displays by a USAAF P15 Mustang of the type which operated from the aerodrome in 1944, as well as other period military and civil aircraft.

On the ground the show will be host to numerous WW2 military vehicles, including tanks and other armoured vehicles, of both the Allied and German armies. There will be battle re-enactments of the D-Day Normandy fighting, and a 1940s village will recreate the atmosphere of civilian life throughout the war, such as having to cope with German bombing and food rationing. Displays will demonstrate 1940s cooking, clothing, hairstyling, firefighting, farming, etc.

A host of stalls will be offering, amongst other things, wartime uniforms and equipment, civilian clothes and visitors can Jitterbug and Jive to the famous wartime songs and music in the bar marquee.

Visit www.combinedops.co.uk as tickets can be pre-booked at a discounted price (and to avoid disappointment as may sell out) also for more general information.

 

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