On 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
The 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
AIRSHOW NEWS: Exciting line-up announced for The Duxford Air Show
The flying programme for The Duxford Air Show is now confirmed, with a different and diverse range of flying displays booked for each day. From legendary historic aircraft to dynamic aerobatics, there’s aerial excitement to wow all the family.
Here are the highlights of the weekend’s flying programme:
Saturday 7 September
The must-see moment of Saturday’s flying programme is the debut UK air show appearance of the Boeing 747-8F, operated by Stansted Airport-based Global Supply Systems Limited and leased to British
Airways World Cargo, which will make two flypasts over the IWM Duxford airfield. The largest freighter aircraft on the British register, the Boeing will be a magnificent sight as it fills the skies over IWM Duxford.
The Westland Sea King from 22 Squadron, Royal Air Force, based at Wattisham Airfield, will perform a dramatic search and rescue demonstration.
Sophisticated aerobatics come from the ever-popular Aerostars and also from the stylish Patrouille de France, the precision aerobatic demonstration team of the French Air Force, who will be opening the flying display. The Patrouille de France was established in 1931 and is the world’s oldest, and one of its
most skilled, demonstration teams.
In the 70th anniversary year of the Dambusters Raid, we’re delighted to have the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster and Supermarine Spitfire perform a poignant commemorative display.
There will be rip-roaring contemporary jet power from the Eurofighter Typhoon from 29 (R) Squadron at RAF Coningsby. Vintage jet power is provided by the North American F-86 Sabre, America’s first swept-wing fighter aircraft, which was developed in the late 1940s. This F-86 Sabre is thought to be the world’s
oldest flying jet.
The Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron will display its Canadair CT-133 Silver Star jet trainer aircraft and its pair of de Havilland Vampires, which made such an impact at The Duxford Air Show in 2012.
There will also be a display by four de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunks under the tongue-in-cheek name of The Red Sparrows! The Chipmunk is a versatile aircraft which was the primary trainer aircraft of choice for many of the world’s air forces after the Second World War.
Also representing training light aircraft is the Piper J-3 Cub, operated by Skyfever, which is one of the most popular light aircraft of all time. This unique trailer top landing display has to be seen to be believed!
It wouldn’t be The Duxford Air Show without a plethora of Spitfires, and we have seven Spitfires taking to the skies, together with a Hispano Buchon (Messerschmitt Bf 109), so a Second World War-style dogfight is bound to ensue!
The Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight will display its North American B-25 Mitchell, an American-manufactured twin-engine bomber which was used during the Second World War and which saw four decades of service.
B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B, resident at IWM Duxford for over 30 years, will fly an elegant display, while The Fighter Collection, also based at IWM Duxford, presents its Grumman F8F Bearcat, Gloster Gladiator biplane and FG-1D Corsair aircraft.
Sunday 8 September
Sunday’s flying programme features jaw-dropping aerobatic spectaculars, with contrasting displays by the spectacular Patrouille de France, in their nine red, white and blue Alpha Jet aircraft, and nine-time British Aerobatics champion Mark Jeffries in his Extra 330SC. Mark’s breathtaking displays have to be seen
to be believed!
There will be a thunderous jet-powered display by the Eurofighter Typhoon from 29 (R) Squadron, RAF Coningsby. The North American F-86 Sabre, the oldest jet aircraft flying today, delivers power,
excitement and an unforgettable roar of the engine!
Two North American T-28 Fennec aircraft, operated by Radial Revelation Limited and Groupe Fennec respectively, will take to the skies. The T-28 Fennec was introduced after the Second World War as a trainer aircraft to provide pilots with the skills to fly the new jet aircraft that were coming into service.
Contemporary fast jet training is delivered by the Short Tucano, operated by the Central Flying School at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. The Tucano will showcase its adaptable capabilities in its flying display.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight concludes its weekend commemoration of the 70th anniversary of The Dambusters raid with a display by the Avro Lancaster, Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire. This will undoubtedly be a moving experience where you can hear a pin drop amongst the air show audience.
Another aircraft for which there is a huge public affection is B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B, which will take to the skies to remember the United States Army Air Forces crews who lost their lives during the Second World War. This is all the more poignant as IWM Duxford this year commemorates the 70th anniversary of
the American Air Forces arriving at RAF Duxford in 1943.
The Supermarine Spitfire first came into service at RAF Duxford. Honouring our own history, we have seven Spitfires taking to the skies to perform a Second World War dogfight alongside a Hispano Buchon (Messerschmitt 109).
The Fighter Collection presents displays by its Grumman F8F Bearcat, Gloster Gladiator and FG-1D Corsair.
Continuing a European flavour, we have displays by the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron Canadair CT-133 Silver Star jet trainer aircraft and de Havilland Vampire pair, while the Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight presents the North American B-25 Mitchell.
Sunday’s flying programme concludes in splendid style with the inimitable Red Arrows!
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
The flying programme in brief:
Saturday 7 September
B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B B-17 Preservation Boeing 747-8F British Airways World Cargo, Global Supply Systems Ltd Spitfire IX Old Flying Machine Company Spitfire IXT Aircraft Restoration Company/ Historic Flying Ltd Spitfire I The Fighter Collection Spitfire V Historic Aircraft Collection Spitfire V The Fighter Collection Spitfire XIV The Fighter Collection Spitfire IX Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight Hispano Buchon (Messerschmitt Bf 109) Aircraft Restoration Company/ Historic Flying Ltd Bearcat The Fighter Collection Gladiator The Fighter Collection Patrouille de France – Alpha Jet x 8 French Air Force Lancaster, Spitfire Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby Typhoon 29 (R ) Squadron, RAF Coningsby Sea King 22 Squadron, RAF, Wattisham Airfield Aerostars – Yak 50 x 6 Aerostars Aerobatic Formation Chipmunk x 4 Red Sparrows F-86 Sabre Golden Apple Piper Cub Skyfever CT-133 Silver Star Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron Vampire x 2 Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron B-25 Mitchell Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight FG-1D Corsair The Fighter Collection
Sunday 8 September
B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B B-17 Preservation Spitfire IX Old Flying Machine Company Spitfire IXT Aircraft Restoration Company/ Historic Flying Ltd Spitfire I The Fighter Collection Spitfire V Historic Aircraft Collection Spitfire V The Fighter Collection Spitfire XIV The Fighter Collection Spitfire IX Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight Hispano Buchon (Messerschmitt Bf 109) Aircraft Restoration Company/ Historic Flying Ltd Bearcat The Fighter Collection Gladiator The Fighter Collection The Red Arrows – Hawk x 9 RAF Aerobatic Team, RAF Scampton Patrouille de France – Alpha Jet x 8 French Air Force Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby Typhoon 29 (R ) Squadron, RAF Coningsby Tucano CFS Flight, RAF Linton-on-Ouse Extra 330SC M.Jefferies F-86 Sabre Golden Apple T-28 Fennec Radial Revelation T-28 Fennec Groupe Fennec CT-133 Silver Star Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron Vampire x 2 Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron B-25 Mitchell Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight FG-1D Corsair The Fighter Collection
AIRSHOW NEWS: Vulcan signs up for Clacton Airshow on August 23
The ever popular crowd-pulling Vulcan bomber will be appearing at the Clacton Air Show this summer. Tendring District Council (TDC), organisers of the event, has secured its appearance on Friday, August 23.
The Avro Vulcan, the most recognisable of the V-bombers, made its debut at the air show last year and proved a smash hit with people travelling from far and wide to get a glimpse.
The aircraft appearing at Clacton is the world’s last flying Avro Vulcan.
There had been fears that it would have to stop flying at the end of the year but earlier this month it was announced its future is secure through to the end of 2015 at least.
It is to receive a vital airframe modification that will ensure that she is airworthy for a while longer. The good news was made following extensive research by The Vulcan to the Sky Trust, the charity that operates the aircraft. The charity’s engineering team now believes it can solve the series of complex technical challenges that could have grounded her for good.
The Avro Vulcan was one of the most impressive aircraft of its time and remains so to this day, incorporating many advances in technology and aerodynamics when it was designed in the years after the Second World War. Its requirement was to fly long distances and drop nuclear bombs but the only war it ever took part in was a conventional one in the Falklands.
Alan Goggin, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, said the Vulcan is a major coup for the show “We promised that there was a big announcement to come – and they don’t come much bigger, or louder, than the Vulcan Bomber,” he said. “So many people said we had to get it back after last year’s display and I am delighted the team have pulled it off.”
Further details of other flights, activities and attractions will be unveiled over the coming weeks.
Cllr Goggin added that the addition of the Vulcan has financial implications for the two-day event which takes place on August 22 and 23.
“It would be fantastic if there was a firm or organisation out there which would be willing to sponsor that particular aircraft and I can promise them an excellent package should they wish to do so,” he said.
“We are also very hopeful that the appearance of the Vulcan will persuade people to dig deep and make a contribution when the buckets go round at the show for a donation.”
The Vulcan will be joining the Tutor, Tucano and Sea King helicopter, the world famous Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and Trig Aerobatic team in the programme – and there will be more to come.
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.
Anyone wanting information about sponsorship opportunities, hospitality, or trade space should contact 01255 686683 or 01255 686654.
AIRSHOW NEWS: General Aviation to have a presence at Farnborough International Airshow
Farnborough International Limited (FIL), has confirmed that it will introduce a dedicated General Aviation (GA) Park as part of the new look Farnborough Airshow. The GA Park will showcase the latest in private and recreational flying and hopes to attract all the leading aircraft and helicopter manufacturers and distributors in the category.
Comprising a dedicated arena with marquee structures for each stand, exhibitors will have the opportunity to participate in the consumer event taking place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July or for a full seven days incorporating the five-day Farnborough International Airshow trade event.
Speaking about the announcement at the Paris Airshow, FIL Director heading-up the public airshow development, Trevor Barratt, said, “The GA Park will bridge the gap between the public and trade event; it will allow even more manufacturers and distributors to attend the world-class exhibition and showcase their products and it will introduce a new consumer audience to the show.”
FIL CEO, Shaun Ormrod further added, “As organisers of a major aviation expo, we want to put our expertise into putting on a great public event that stands apart from other airshows. The Farnborough Airshow brand is strong and we are confident the introduction of GA and other new features will attract a broader audience.”
The GA Park is just one element of Farnborough Airshow’s public weekend. The new look show will form a stand-alone consumer event with its own branding and deliver an even wider offering to visitors. As well as the 5 ½ hour flying spectacular, static aircraft display and other family attractions, plans for the event include a motor vehicle exhibition, high-end retail facilities, more interaction, enhanced grandstand seating from which to enjoy the air displays, advanced visitor packages, and a broader selection of food and beverage outlets.
AIRSHOW NEWS: Shoreham Airshow welcomes new sponsors and exciting additions
The organisers of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Shoreham Airshow being held on 31st August and September 1st are delighted to announce new major sponsors on board for this their 24th Airshow which to date has raised. 1.8 Million Pounds for RAFA Funds.
Air BP has joined Spitfire Ale (Shepherd Neame), Southern Trains and Johnson’s Press (Group Papers Hampshire and Sussex) as major sponsors. “The Aviation Division of BP is delighted to associate itself with Shoreham Airshow considered by many to be one of the most popular aviation events in the UK that has given so much to such a deserving charity as the Royal Air Forces Association,” said their spokesperson.
Other supporters include Bunn Leisure, Winner Plant Hire, Southern Water, Rabbit Skips, Splash FM, Brietling and Brighton Shoreham Airport. “These are very important to us at Shoreham as they provide the support we need in many areas to make sure the show runs to the standards the CAA expects,” said Derek Harber Airshow Organiser.
Rod Dean, the Airshow Flying Display Director has confirmed that the Vulcan has been booked for Sunday 1st September.
He added, “The flying display is all but completed and we will be featuring some new participants to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of 617 Squadrons Dambusters Raid and the Salute to the US Mighty 8th Air Force. The RAF is providing a full assortment of display aircraft including the Eurofighter and Lancaster.
Civilian owned Aircraft including the North American Sabre, Hawker Hunter T7 and Strikemaster jets will also be flying. The Breitling Wingwalkers and the Matadors will take to the air as will the RN Historic Flight’s Sea Fury and Swordfish. The Airfield Attack and Scramble supported by pyrotechnics and ground support will return along with the World War One Display Team.”
“Ground attractions and the static aircraft display make it a full day out for all our visitors and we have not forgotten the children with a fun fair and flight simulators. Military vehicle displays will run alongside the popular craft tent. On Saturday evening we have the very colourful kite display lighting up the skies over the airfield,” said John Periam Airshow Press Officer.
“It has now become a mammoth task for the airshow team to run this event. We know we can’t please all, but we can assure you that it is a real value family day out with over 5 hours flying and 60 participating display aircraft. With the backdrop of Lancing College and the South Downs it makes Shoreham a unique display which is highly respected by pilots and members of the armed services, as is shown by their continued support over the years,” said Derek Harber.
Our website www.shorehamairshow.co.uk is updated on a regular basis and the Johnson’s Press ticket hotlines are now open on 01903 714135 and 01903 282382. They are also selling tickets at over 75 retail outlets in Hampshire and Sussex.
For those that want to see the show in style there is the Executive Enclosure where you can enjoy lunch and afternoon tea whilst watching the flying close to the crowd line. For more information please contact the airshow office on 01273 441545.