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AIRSHOW NEWS: Historic Formation Announced at Wings & Wheels Press Launch

Dunsfold WIngs and Wheels D-Day Salute Flypast

The Wings & Wheels press launch got off to a sunny start today (12th August 2014) as the Aerodrome’s resident DC3 took to the skies with the Old Flying Machine Company’s P-51 Mustang to kick off the 10 day count down to the Show.

Well known for adding a little extra magic in the air with some memorable and unusual formation displays, Wings & wheels confirmed that a very special tribute is planned to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Eight aircraft from the Second World War will grace the skies above the Aerodrome in a two section flypast. Section one will comprise of the Old Flying Machine Company’s Spitfire and Mustang, Aces High Dakota DC3 and the RNAFHF B25 Mitchell. With a separation, section two will be formed by the Canadian Lancaster and BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane in section two.

All these aircraft have history with Dunsfold Aerodrome as well as having played vital roles in the Second World War and will display on both days.

Jamie McAllister, Event Director comments: “We have been able to pull off some spectacular formation displays over the years including last year’s collaboration between the Swordfish, Sea Fury and Wingwalkers. For our 10th birthday and the 70th anniversary of D-Day the team have put together something people will never see in the air together again. It will be an emotional and fitting tribute.”

Brooklands Museum had an assortment of vintage vehicles including the1907 Berliet-Curtiss Racer and more modern GT40’s and Jaguars. Surrey based modified car club South Evolution took to the track in Minis, Mazdas and a 2 litre Mitsubishi Eclipse, a replica of the car Paul Walker drove in the very first Fast and Furious movie.

Wings & Wheels was also delighted to announce the Brooklands Museum VC10 will be open for public tours over the Show weekend and gave press a sneak peek.

Robin Voice, Brooklands Museum VC10 Project Manager comments: “We are looking forward to opening the VC10 to the public at Wings & Wheels. The team of volunteers have worked hard to keep the aircraft in running order so it’s vital we continue to raise awareness of our work through the tours. The tours will not only give visitors a fascinating insight into the VC10, but help us with our fundraising efforts.”

Tours will be limited and available to pre-book over the weekend on a first come first serve basis. A donation of £2 per person is suggested and will go towards the on-going restoration of the aircraft.

The 10th annual Wings & Wheels will be held over the August Bank holiday weekend; Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th August 2014, at Dunsfold Park near Guildford, Surrey, and is open to spectators from 09:00 until 21:00.

Tickets start from £20 for adults, £45 for a family (2 adults and 3 children aged 5 – 15yrs), £6 for children aged between 5 and 15yrs and under 5s are free. Hospitality packages start from £150 per person, weekend passes, grandstand tickets and camping are also available. For more information visit 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: Canadian Lancaster Begins Transatlantic Flight Prior to UK’s First Formation Display in 50 Years at Eastbourne Airshow

With Eastbourne Airshow just a couple of weeks away, the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster bomber is set to begin its long journey back to the UK this Tuesday.

The Mynarski Memorial Lancaster bomber, which makes its return to England for the first time since WWII, will display first over Eastbourne with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which features the only other airworthy Lancaster in the world.

Re-united as a special salute to veterans of Bomber Command, the reunion over Eastbourne will make them the first Lancaster bombers to display in formation over Britain in 50 years!

Named after Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski, the Canadian Lancaster was so called after the airman won a posthumous Victorian Cross for his attempts to save a tail gunner from a blazing plane over France just a week after D-Day. Mynarski sadly died but tail gunner Pat Brophy miraculously survived.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and Sports services, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said “We are very excited to see the two Lancaster’s reunite for the first time in 50 years at our airshow. This will be a fantastic tribute to Bomber Command and with just a few days to go before it makes it’s journey from Canada, we hope fans will enjoy the excitement of the build up to this awesome event!”

Eastbourne will be the first UK airshow to see the momentous occasion at 2.59pm on Thursday 14 August. After the spectacular display with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, several trained Lancaster pilots and crew from the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster bomber will be on hand to talk to the crowds at the show.

The Canadian Lancaster bomber will display in formation with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane at 2.59pm on Thursday, 3pm on Friday, 3.05pm on Saturday and 12.57pm on Sunday.

Shadow Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure & Sports Services, Cllr Phillip Ede said “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the two Lancasters together at our free airshow. We are delighted to welcome this historic aircraft, along with the Red Arrows during their 50th anniversary year, along with many other fantastic display teams.”

The bomber is due to fly out from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Ontario, Canada at 10am on Tuesday 5th August, on the first leg of its four day transatlantic trip. Stopping off in Goose Bay, Greenland and Iceland en route, it will continue its journey to RAF Coningsby where it will join the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for a period of scheduled maintenance and training.

Eastbourne will be the first airshow on a two month tour to see both Lancasters display together for the first time in 50 years and VisitEastbourne will be following the momentous journey with daily updates on Facebook/AirbourneEastbourne and Twitter @Eb_Airshow as well as on www.eastbourneairshow.com

Airbourne takes place on Eastbourne seafront from 14 – 17 August and entry is free. The event opens from 10am each day with music and entertainment on stage until 7.30pm each evening and an end of show party on Sunday, culminating in a special Red Arrows 50th anniversary themed fireworks display at 10pm.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Eurofighter Typhoon to make return appearance at Clacton air show

One of the RAF’s top multi-role combat aircraft will be making a long overdue and welcome return to Clacton Air Show later this month.

The Typhoon Eurofighter has not appeared at the event for a number of years and is one of the most popular displays with flight fans around the world.

Its many roles include air policing, peace support and high intensity conflict and it is currently employed in various locations including the Falkland Islands.

With a maximum speed of Mach 2 plus and carrying a multitude of weapons it allows the RAF to deliver combat air power wherever and whenever it is required.

Mark Platt, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, Culture, Leisure and Events, said it is a fantastic coup to get the Typhoon and the icing on the cake for the show.

“It is some years since this versatile powerful jet has been seen in the skies over Clacton – but is not for the want of trying,” he said.

“It provides a fantastic spectacle and is a valuable addition to any line-up and I can’t wait to see it perform.

“This was the final announcement we have been waiting to make and it ensures we will have the strongest ever programme of displays in the air.”

The Typhoon joins the Red Arrows, Avro Vulcan, Royal Canadian Lancaster and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight among those signed up for August 21 and 22.

They also include the Sea King Helicopter, Tutor, Autogyro, Essex Air Ambulance, RAF Tucano, the Breitling Wingwalkers, the Trig Aerobatic Team, Rolls Royce Spitfire, the Bulldog as well as Richard Goodwin and his modified Pitts S2S G-EWIZ.

“It is a truly amazing list and I congratulate our team behind the scenes for pulling this all together – there really is something for everyone and I am sure it will pull in the crowds,” he added.

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 this year 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 trade space should contact 01255 686683 or 01255 686654.

AIRSHOW NEWS: More Aircraft added to Shoreham Airshow display line-up

Image © John Dibbs

The countdown to this year’s 25th Anniversary Shoreham Airshow continues and our Flying Display Director Rod Dean has once again been busy behind the scenes adding more aircraft to the already spectacular line-up.

On Saturday August 30th the Avro Vulcan B2 XH558 will be appearing. This wonderful aircraft will once again grace the skies of Shoreham. “The backdrop of the Sussex Downs and Lancing College make Shoreham just that bit different compared with many other Airshows. Please note it will only be flying on the Saturday. Vulcan to the Sky Trust is limiting flying time this year so that this wonderful aircraft can extend its life span,” said Rod.

“The media attention that we have the world’s only two flying Lancaster’s has been the icing on the cake resulting in national and international interest with visitors applying for tickets from as far afield as Japan and Australia.”

Rod went on to say,” Another new item will be the US Navy Scenario featuring the Grumman Hellcat , Chance Vought Corsair, Grumman Bearcat and the Douglas Skyraider. These four aircraft will provide a formation and individual display demonstrating the power of these historic USN aircraft. They have a long and respected history in the wars of the Pacific, Korean war and Vietnam.”

The B-25 from the Royal Netherlands Historic flight will be flying with the popular B-17 Sally B. The Shoreham venue suits both these aircraft well giving visitors the opportunity to see the B-25 close up, which will base at Shoreham.

The popular Airfield Attack and Scramble will take on a different theme this year linked to D Day; a lot of surprises are in store with some different aircraft joining in. Also the Great War Display team will be flying 9 aircraft showing how aerial combat has changed over both wars.

Derek Harber, Shoreham’s Airshow Organiser has been delighted with the response to this year’s Airshow. “The Officer Commanding RAF Coningsby, Group Captain Johnny Stringer has agreed to be our Patron this year, and will be attending. It is a fitting tribute, as both the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and RAF Typhoon Display Team are based at this historic Lincolnshire Airfield.”

To include all the participating aircraft in the media release would be a mammoth task, with over 50 aircraft participating in a six hour flying display. Our website www.shorehamairshow.co.uk contains a full list and is updated on a regular basis. Many of the aircraft flying need a lot of ‘Tender Loving Care’ and all participation is subject to their serviceability, which is out of our control!

Press officer John Periam said. “In discussions with relevant parties, at other Airshows, there is no doubt that Shoreham is going to be very different this year. We already can tell this by the sale of advance tickets, and the interest shown by the many traders that exhibit at Shoreham. It is a real family day out with lots to see and do, including a craft tent, fun fair, vintage vehicles as well as large static aircraft display were one can meet the pilots and the lookalikes.”

25 years is a milestone”, added Derek Harber. “From humble beginnings we have now become one of the most respected aviation events in the UK, as well as one of the pilot’s favourites. The team behind it should all be proud of what they have achieved, whilst providing an enormous amount of funding to the Royal Air Forces Association.”

The ticket hotline is now open 01903 282360 and over 90 ticket outlets in Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey (see adverts in regional press) are selling direct.

AIRSHOW NEWS: RAF Waddington International Airshow Ticket Sales Reach Capacity

With the RAF Waddington International Airshow only days away, the organising team are delighted to report that advance ticket sales are at a record high, with enclosures already sold out for this year’s Airshow (5 and 6th July). There will not be any tickets for sale on either day of this year’s show.

On –line ticket sales have now closed but advance tickets are still available until Friday 4 Jul 2014 from branches of HSBC and Morrisons Supermarkets (Please check the Airshow website for local participating branches).

To re-iterate, visitors are advised to buy their Airshow tickets in advance from participating outlets but no tickets available on the gate on Saturday 5th July and Sunday 6th July.

The organisers are keen to stress that unless visitors are in possession of an Advanced-ticket prior to travel that they will not gain entrance to the Airshow.

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: Belgian display approved and ready to go

The organisers of RAF Cosford Air show have confirmed that the Belgian Red Devils display team have this afternoon got the stamp of approval from the show’s Flying Control Committee. The Red Devils fly four SF.260M training aircraft and bring the number of display teams at this years’ show to four.The aircraft have an exciting red paint scheme featuring the Belgian flag on the aircraft underside and their tight aerobatic display is particularly well suited to Cosford. This will be one of only two UK performances by the team this year.

Air Show spokesman Group Captain Mark Manwaring who is Chairman of the show’s Flying Control Committee said “This is a fantastic display with some very exciting manoeuvres. As this is their first UK display this season it fell to us to ensure it adheres to the strict rules applied to UK air display. ”

Other aircraft appearing at the show as part of the 5 ½ hour flying display include the Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Blades. The ground attractions include an arena featuring the Field Gun teams and the RAF Combined Pipes and Drums as well as a craft hangar and a wide display of other attractions.

Tickets to the show are no longer available online or via the phone line, but can be purchased at the advance ticket price of £20 per adult from the RAF Museum in Cosford, the Midland Air Museum in Coventry, Tourist Information Centres across the Midlands, selected branches of Midcounties Co-operative and Arriva Trains Wales for combined travel and admission. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate at £25 per adult (subject to availability). There’s FREE car parking and FREE admission for all under-16s accompanied by an adult.

AIRSHOW NEWS: D-Day Tribute at Air Day

Aircraft linked to the D-Day 70 commemoration, both old and new, will take part in this year’s RNAS Yeovilton Air Day flying and static displays on Saturday 26 July. While 6 June is the actual anniversary date, Air Day’s timely inclusions will help extend the tributes well into the summer as the nation reflects back on the Normandy landings of 70 years ago.

The twin-engine Douglas C-47 Skytrain/Dakota transport aircraft was deeply involved in D-Day, towing assault gliders and dropping paratroopers into the theatre of action. It is perhaps the aircraft type most associated with D-Day and an example will take part in the flying display courtesy of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The Dakota III will be making its first appearance at the show wearing No 233 Squadron RAF colours, complete with the famous black and white D-Day stripes adopted by Allied aircraft to distinguish them from those used by enemy forces.

The Skytrain was hugely successful in its transport role; a distinction applicable in the modern age to the Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules. An RAF Hercules will be on the ground at Air Day providing an impressive sight in the static display amongst Royal Navy types past and present, international visitors and other stars. Another RAF contribution is a flypast by a Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 from No 29(R) Squadron, based at RAF Coningsby. This aircraft is expected to be a specially-marked example, complete with D-Day stripes. The scheme mirrors that worn by a WW2-era Hawker Typhoon in June 1944.

Tickets for Air Day can be booked online at www.royalnavy.mod.uk/yeovilton-airday at the discounted advance rates or by calling 08445 781 781.

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AIRSHOW NEWS: Carol Vorderman returns to Cosford Air Show

For the second year running TV presenter Carol Vorderman will be visiting the RAF Cosford Air Show to help promote the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) exhibition which will be one of over 100 trade and exhibition attractions at the Show this year.

RAF Cosford is home to state-of the-art training schools for RAF Engineers and Technicians with a variety of specialities and many of them will have their own displays showcasing the skills and offering hands-on opportunities to visitors. Alongside this will be a dedicated area where other organisations such as local academic establishments, STEM Ambassadors and engineering companies will offer a wide variety of exhibits designed to capture the imaginations of young people thinking about future careers or qualifications.

The action-packed flying display featuring many Air Show favourites such as the Red Arrows, Typhoon and Vulcan starts at midday. This year RAF Cosford welcomes the Belgian Red Devils Aerobatic Display Team to the Air Show for the first time. In addition two RAF transport aircraft, the Voyager and C17 will be making an appearance. The RAF Cosford Air Show provides a family day out for every age group. The showground, which opens at 8.30am, includes a funfair, an assortment of inflatable rides coupled with laser shooting and an assault course for the more active, whilst there is a huge opportunity for shopping in the traders’ village and craft fair. Finally, The RAF Museum exhibits provide a visual record of flight throughout the proud history of the Royal Air Force.

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.

 

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