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!!
Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel and the great Scottish public will be out in full force at this weekend’s RAF Leuchars Airshow to bid a fond farewell to the event in its current guise. Defence Minister, Dr. Andrew Murrison announced that the Airshow will be the last of its kind at the RAF station, which is transitioning from an RAF base to an Army base by 2015 with its fast jets transferring to RAF Lossiemouth.
Dr. Murrison, Defence Minister with specific responsibility for Scotland, said:
“All RAF personnel at Leuchars are to be congratulated for staging such wonderful airshows. Since the first Battle of Britain at Home day event held there in 1946, the Station has thrilled hundreds of thousands of people with its airpower displays and I am delighted that the RAF will continue to support public events in Scotland in 2014 and beyond.
“Next year will be busy for the UK Armed Forces in Scotland. June 2014 will see Stirling at the centre of events across the UK as the host city for Armed Forces Day 2014. In August, the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force will provide their traditional support to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This is in addition to military participation at the Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies.
“The British military have a long and proud tradition in Scotland and we are clear that Scotland benefits from being part of the UK, and the UK benefits from having Scotland within it.”
Air Officer Scotland and Station Commander RAF Leuchars, Air Commodore Gerry Mayhew said:
“Planning and delivering a safe and successful Airshow requires a dedicated RAF team at Leuchars and the reality is that after the 2013 Airshow the RAF will be fully committed to relocating to RAF Lossiemouth.
“The Typhoon squadrons based here at RAF Leuchars and their Quick Reaction Alert mission will move to RAF Lossiemouth over the course of the Summer and into the Autumn of next year so it is impractical for the Royal Air Force to host an Airshow here next year.”
The RAF is currently conducting a review of all Airshow commitments and while it is inappropriate to pre-empt the outcome of this work, the RAF are very aware that there are many events throughout Scotland that would welcome RAF involvement, including a number of already established Airshows such as those in Prestwick, and East Fortune. No decisions have been made for the year 2014 onwards but the review is giving serious consideration to various options including a replacement for the Leuchars Airshow. It aims to report before the end of 2013.
AIRSHOW NEWS: Advance Ticket Sales Rocketing Sky High at RAF Waddington International Airshow
With the RAF Waddington International Airshow only days away, the organising team are delighted to report that advance ticket sales are so high that there is a strong possibility that all available tickets will have been purchased prior to the event and that there may not be any tickets on sale on the day.
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.
AIRSHOW NEWS: RAF Cosford Air Show Post Show Announcement
The RAF Cosford Air Show saw record attendance on Sunday 9th June. The highlights of the show included an appearance by the Vulcan XH558 accompanied by the two Rv8s, the RAF Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the RAF Typhoon display.
On the ground a whole range of new exhibits and interactive displays provided entertainment for all the family.
An appearance by Captain Wales (Prince Harry) flying the Apache took the crowd by surprise and was a first for the Air Show circuit. On the ground a visit from Carol Vorderman helped launch the Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics area and her visit and the programme signing session by the Red Arrows both proved popular with the public.
Unfortunately the large crowd numbers led to congestion on the roads and many people were delayed getting to the show. On the day organisers introduced contingency parking spaces and everybody who arrived at the show was able to get in. Air Show Spokesman Amanda Butcher said “We worked hard with the Civilian Police and the Highways Agency to try to manage the huge volume of traffic trying to get to the show and we thank the vast majority of the members of the public for their patience. We did ask those without tickets not to come but many did still travel and that added to the volume of traffic.”
Anybody who was unable to get to RAF Cosford and wishes to apply for a refund should visit the Air Show website for further information on how to do so. Applications will be addressed on an individual basis.
AIRSHOW NEWS: Record Ticket Sales promise bumper turn-out at RAF Cosford Air Show
With pre-show ticket sales already breaking records, the RAF Cosford 75th Anniversary Air Show looks ready to provide an excellent day out this Sunday 9th June.
The advance ticket sales from the website, the 24 hour telephone hotline and the various outlets across the West Midlands are already more than double the figure sold in 2012 with still 4 days to go until the event.
Organisers are therefore expecting a mammoth turnout and car parks could reach capacity.People that have purchased tickets in advance are advised to make their way to RAF Cosford early to minimise the possibility of disappointment later in the day.
Members of the public are reminded that rail travel is extremely convenient to the Shropshire base with Cosford railway station situated right next to the airfield, dropping passengers off just a short walk to the pedestrian entrance.
Those travelling on Arriva Trains Wales can also benefit from the discounted ‘advance’ ticket price, even on tickets purchased on the day, when purchased alongside their rail ticket. Arriva Trains Wales have also placed more services in their timetable for the 9th June to cater for the expected increase in numbers.
The RAF Cosford Air Show team have implemented a robust traffic management plan which aims to ease any congestion and have also put together contingency plans should more car parking space be required.
Air Show spokesman Amanda Butcher says “With the great British weather finally emerging this week, we are preparing for potentially the largest Air Show we’ve held over recent years and therefore encourage members of the public to exploit the extra services on offer from Arriva Trains Wales. We hope that the weather forecast stays in our favour and that everybody attending this year has a truly splendid family day out.”
All profits made from the RAF Cosford Air Show are donated to service and local charities.
Anybody with a query relating to the Air Show are prompted to check out the FAQ on the website before contacting the Air Show Office due to the incredibly high volume of calls currently being received.
For more information or to book tickets please visit www.cosfordairshow.co.uk or call 24-hour ticket line on 0871 230 1083 (10p/min).
AIRSHOW NEWS: Chinook to Showcase New Manoeuvres at Wings & Wheels
Not seen at the airshow since 2008, Wings & Wheels is delighted to confirm the Chinook helicopter will be gracing the skies above Dunsfold Aerodrome once again on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August.
The Chinook, now synonymous with combat operations in Afghanistan, will have its power and manoeuvrability demonstrated by members of the display team which is made up of personnel from 18 and 27 Squadrons from RAF Odiham.
The captain for 2013 is Flight Lieutenant Paul Farmer. As his second season as the Display Pilot it has given the team a chance to introduce some new impressive manoeuvres that have never been included in the Chinook Display before. This year’s Co-Pilot is Flight Lieutenant Gareth Allen, the Display Manager Flight Lieutenant Kyle Thomas and the Rear Crew are Sergeants Andy Caldwell and Steve Jones.
Jamie McAllister, Event Director comments: “The skill with which the Chinook is displayed is not to be missed. The giant aircraft is surprisingly agile and versatile and it’s an absolute pleasure to watch in action. We are so pleased to have the team back and added to the phenomenal 2013 Wings & Wheels line-up.”
Visitors to Wings & Wheels can also enjoy the world famous Red Arrows, Wildcat Helicopter, Typhoon, Vulcan, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Team Breitling Wingwalkers and a host of other modern and historic aircraft during the 5 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 2 hour auto spectacular from Brooklands Museum.
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 18:00.
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 £65 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 with proceeds going to nominated charities: Brooklands Museum Trust and Help for Heroes.
AIRSHOW NEWS: RAF Cosford reveal line-up for air show extravanganza
With just a few weeks remaining until the 2013 RAF Cosford Air Show, organisers confirm the complete line-up of flying displays ready to thrill the crowds on Sunday 9th June.
Despite boasting an already impressive schedule, the event organisers are hinting that the roster of aircraft in attendance might still grow in the weeks leading up to the show and suggest that visitors will be treated to more than they bargained for.
One of the key themes to this year’s Air Show is the celebration of RAF Cosford’s 75th Anniversary, with the flying display kicking off with a special flypast of aircraft associated with the history of the West Midlands base.
In a similar light to last year’s surprise visit by an RAF VC10 tanker aircraft, the organisers have managed to secure an exclusive fly-through by a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. The presence of the Brize Norton based C-130 currently makes Cosford the only RAF Air Show this year to offer the aircraft in its flying display.
The extensive collection of airborne displays on offer this year includes some of the greatest aircraft ever to take to the skies. Since its appearance was confirmed a few weeks ago, Avro Vulcan XH558 from the Vulcan to the Sky Trust has become one of the most hotly anticipated displays on the day. What’s more, the support from the last airworthy B-17 Flying Fortress in Europe, known affectionately as ‘Sally B’, also helped stir interest for the family day out as the list of well-known vintage aircraft has grown.
As one of only three remaining RAF sponsored Air Shows across the country, the military presence will be strong over the Shropshire station of RAF Cosford including the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight with their Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota aircraft. RAF display aircraft will be in abundance and highlighted by the Eurofighter Typhoon providing an unforgettable display, alongside the World famous RAF Red Arrows performing their unique demonstration of professional excellence that promises to wow the crowd.
Military rotary aircraft will also provide a number of key displays, with an RAF Sea King helicopter providing a role demonstration of the vital work they carry out 24 hours a day. Members of the public will be able to enjoy displays flown by an RAF Chinook and an Army Air Corps Apache both individually and combined as they complete their own displays followed by a Medical Evacuation demonstration to provide an insight into one of their key tasks on deployed operations.
Aerobatic displays will be sure to get the adrenaline pumping as a number of teams, including the popular RV8tors and The Blades, show off their dare-devil flying skills and demonstrate the ultimate example of accuracy and agility.
Air Show spokesman Flying Officer Sam Jewell says “The RAF Cosford Air Show has developed one of the most promising line-ups for a number of years and we are thrilled to be able to offer members of the public such a spectacular day out. Combined with a unique and diverse selection of activities and exhibits on the ground, this year’s event looks set to be one of the best on offer nationwide and we hope that members of the public will join us for what promises to be a fun-filled family day out.”
Other confirmations for Sunday 9th June include the Breitling Wing Walkers, O’Briens Flying Circus, the SWIP Team, Aerostars, an F-86 Sabre and a privately-owned Supermarine Spitfire. Additional military displays include the RAF Grob Tutor and Shorts Tucano training aircraft, as well as the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, an Army Air Corps Lynx helicopter and the Royal Navy Historic Flight with their Sea Fury aircraft.
All profits made from the RAF Cosford Air Show are donated to service and local charities.
For more information or to book tickets visit www.cosfordairshow.co.uk or call 24-hour ticket line on 0871 230 1083 (10p/min).
Visitors looking to make the most of their day at RAF Cosford and reduce any possible travel delays are encouraged to exploit a special Air Show train timetable which provides extra services throughout the day. For those further afield, see our website for coach companies operating excursions near you www.cosfordairshow.co.uk/coachtravel.html.
The 70th anniversary of one of the Second World War’s most audacious bombing missions will be commemorated by a special flypast at this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in the Cotswolds.
The announcement comes on the same day (May 16) in 1943 that the RAF’s elite 617 Sqn took off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire and headed for Germany’s Ruhr dams for what was to become known as the legendary Dambusters Raid.
The attack was made memorable for using specially developed ‘bouncing bombs’, invented by aircraft designer Barnes Wallis. These were dropped from Lancaster bombers at low altitude and skipped along the surface of the water into the dams.
Whilst the mission to flood the heavily industrialised area of the Ruhr and destroy the dams’ hydro-electric power capability is now considered to have been only a partial success, the bravery and audacity of those involved assured its place in military aviation history.
Today (Thursday, May 16), to mark the anniversary, the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Lancaster and two Tornado GR4s from 617 Sqn will fly over Derwent Reservoir in Derbyshire and Eyebrook Reservoir in the East Midlands, both of which were used for low level flying practice by the original Dambusters crews.
At this summer’s Air Tattoo, which takes place on July 20-21, the BBMF Lancaster, one of only two in the world that are still airworthy, will once again fly alongside a specially painted, modern day Tornado GR4 from the legendary 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron.
Air Tattoo Chief Executive Tim Prince said: “The Dambusters Raid was an incredible feat not only in terms of what it was aiming to achieve but also in the way in which it was looking to achieve it.
“The courage and skill of all those involved served as an inspiration to a nation ravaged by war and this courage and skill lives on in the men and women of today’s 617 Squadron who help provide vital protection to allied ground forces in Afghanistan.”
A second specially painted Tornado GR4 will be on display in the Air Tattoo’s static aircraft park offering visitors the opportunity to see it close up.
The Royal International Air Tattoo takes place at RAF Fairford on July 20-21. For a full list of all the visitor opportunities and to purchase tickets, visit airtattoo.com or call 0800 107 1940. All under-16s go free. Free parking.
AIRSHOW NEWS: RAF Cosford Air Show keep feet firmly on the ground
The RAF Cosford Air Show has always prided itself on not just being the Midlands’ premier aviation event, but also a fun-filled family day out that provides a wide range of interactive and engaging activities on the ground this Sunday 9th June.
This year the event will focus on celebrating the 75th Anniversary of RAF Cosford itself and this will be reflected in a number of displays by the various schools and training establishments currently based at the Shropshire station. Together they will provide an insight into the rich heritage of first class technical and engineering operations that RAF Cosford has become known for. These will include a demonstration of radar and computer equipment from No 1 Radio School and a display of armed aircraft & escape equipment from the Weapons & Survival Equipment Training Squadron. An array of activities will also be on offer from the School of Physical Training, a demonstration of hydraulic principles provided by the Avionic & Mechanical Training Squadron and an interactive opportunity for visitors to attempt various hand skills with the Trade Foundation Training Squadron. 238 Squadron will be opening the cockpits of their fast jets to allow people the rare opportunity to sit in the aircraft and experience what it’s like for the pilots of the RAF.
In addition to the anniversary celebrations, a wide variety of other exhibitors, stands, arena displays, bands and charities will also attend the show. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy everything from the Cosford Military Wives Choir and a fair ground, to aviation artwork specialists and a host of conservation and wildlife groups.
Free Radio this year will sponsor a demonstration arena to be known as ‘The Free Radio Arena’ and will play host to some exciting spectacles such as a Field Gun competition and performances from the Royal Air Force College Band. You may even get the opportunity to meet Free Radio’s own HumFree the Hamster too!
The RAF Air Cadets will have a large exhibition manned by various Air Cadet Squadrons there to discuss the opportunities available to you and your little ones. For those old enough to think about joining, the RAF Careers recruitment team will be on hand to inform those that also want to ‘Rise Above The Rest’ in the Royal Air Force.
Air Show spokesman Marilyn Summers says “Not only will the Air Show provide a thrilling flying display, but we also aim to keep the whole family entertained with a wide and varied selection of activities on the ground. From the fun fair, the RAF Museum, static aircraft displays, military exhibitions and a craft fair. A number of stands by Nikon, who sponsor our exclusive ‘The Cosford Club’, will be available to display some of the very latest photography equipment, so we are sure that visitors will find something here to suit everyone’s interests.”
The ground exhibits help make the Air Show a unique day out, coupled with an incredible 5½ hour flying display on offer. Aircraft confirmations include Vulcan XH558 from the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, B-17 Flying Fortress ‘Sally B’ and a number of RAF aircraft including the Typhoon & Tucano display teams, a medical evacuation demonstration including Chinook & Apache helicopters and the world famous Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows.
All profits made from the RAF Cosford Air Show are donated to service and local charities.
Air show tickets can be purchased online at www.cosfordairshow.co.uk, by calling the 24-hour ticket line on 0871 230 1083 (10p/min plus network charges), or at various other outlets details of which can be found on the website. Advance adult tickets are priced from £20, representing a 20% discount on tickets bought on the day and FREE admission for children under-16 accompanied by an adult as well as FREE car parking.