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AIRSHOW NEWS: More Military Displays for RAF Cosford Air Show

Today the organisers of the RAF Cosford Air Show revealed a number of exciting additions to aircraft appearing at this year’s event.

Following on from last year’s popular Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) demonstration, which saw Prince Harry in his first air show appearance, the RAF Chinook and Army Apache will again be at Cosford as part of the planned six-hour flying display. As well as performing their individual displays, they will showcase the combat capabilities of the two helicopters in an exciting joint demonstration with the RAF Regiment. Other helicopters taking part in the flying display include the Royal Navy Lynx, making a welcome return with its ‘Black Cat’ solo routine.

The Navy are also represented by the Royal Navy Historic Flight displaying the Swordfish & Sea Fury, joining a number of historic aircraft already confirmed for this year’s event including the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Great War Team.

On the ground, a number of military aircraft join the resident Jaguar fleet, with an Army Air Corps Defender and RAF King Air being the latest additions to the static displays.

Air Show spokesman Amanda Butcher said “Although we now know details of most of the UK Military aircraft we are expecting to announce more aircraft displays soon so visitors should check our website, Facebook Page and Twitter regularly.”

Details of where to buy tickets can be found on the RAF Cosford Air Show website, with advanced tickets held at last year’s price of £20 and children under-16 and parking free.

AIRSHOW NEWS: U.S. set to approve international debut of F-35 fighter

From Reuters News Agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department is poised to approve the first trans-Atlantic flight of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet in July, when the new warplane is expected to take part in two international air shows near London, according to multiple sources familiar with the issue.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is “very close” to a decision that would allow two or three F-35s to fly at the Royal International Air Tattoo, or RIAT, an annual military air show outside London, and the larger Farnborough air show, held every two years, said the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Britain, which contributed $2 billion (1.2 billion pounds) to the development of the new radar-evading fighter jet and plans to buy 138 F-35s in coming years, asked for the jet’s participation to help showcase the increasing maturity of the new radar-evading plane. Britain was also the first international partner on the program.

Details of the F-35′s international debut are being worked out, including how much it will cost to fly the planes to London and who will pay for it, but no issues have emerged to prevent the appearances, the sources said.

The costs will likely be shared by Britain, the Pentagon’s F-35 program office, the U.S. Marine Corps and industry.

Lockheed and Britain’s Ministry of Defense declined comment. Officials at the F-35 program office had no immediate comment.

“Having the aircraft front and centre on the UK stage will focus attention on the fact that it’s a fairly mature program at this point, with over 100 jets built,” said one of the sources.

British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond is due to meet with Hagel during a visit to the United States this week, but they are not planning an announcement about the F-35′s UK debut, said one of the sources.

Current plans call for at least one of the participating F-35s to be one of the three F-35 B-model jets already built for Britain, with a UK pilot at the controls.

Participating in the international air shows will allow the Pentagon’s F-35 program to carry out additional training and learn how the plane’s logistics, maintenance, aerial refuelling, and security systems work overseas, the sources said.

“This will be an opportunity to learn real-world lessons and allow additional time to resolve any problems before the first airplanes are delivered overseas,” said one of the sources.

Lockheed and Britain’s Ministry of Defence declined comment. Officials at the F-35 program office had no immediate comment.

Lockheed is the main contractor on the $392 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon’s costliest weapons program. Northrop Grumman Corp and Britain’s BAE Systems are the biggest suppliers.

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, builds the single engine that powers the plane. Britain’s Rolls Royce Group builds the lift fan that enables the B-model of the F-35 to land like a helicopter.

Boeing Co’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet is also due to fly at the RIAT air show.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Ros Krasny, Sandra Maler and Peter Cooney)

AIRSHOW NEWS: Swiss Air Force Hornet to star at Air Day

RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2014′s first confirmed international participant is the Swiss Air Force’s F/A-18C Hornet Solo Display. Among Europe’s premier fast jet performances, the display combines speed, raw power, sharp precision, staggering agility and the use of flares to stunning effect.

Commodore Jock Alexander OBE, Commanding Officer, RNAS Yeovilton said “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome the Hornet Solo Display this year, given our theme of Carrier Aviation and the Swiss Air Force’s 100th anniversary celebrations. The Swiss Air Force last took part at Air Day 2007, when its Patrouille Suisse team performed to great acclaim and I am sure the Hornet display will do the same. We hope to announce further international participation details in the coming months.

While the multirole-capable F/A-18 Hornet is essentially a naval aircraft used by the US Navy and US Marine Corps, some 30 examples equipping three squadrons of the Swiss Air Force are used for land based operations. First flown in 1978, the widely-sold Hornet has an incredible top speed of 1,190 mph and is sure to be one of the stars of the show.

Tickets for Air Day can be ordered from www.royalnavy.mod.uk/yeovilton-airday at the discounted Earlybird rate with no booking fee until 31 January.

AIRSHOW NEWS: RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day Date confirmed

The date for the annual Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton International Air Day has been confirmed as Saturday 26th July and planning is well under way for the popular event. The award-winning Air Day is one of the south west’s largest one day events attracting around 35,000 visitors.

Air Day 2014 will follow the naming ceremony of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, the first of the UK’s 21st Century Aircraft Carriers. The carrier, a floating sovereign airfield, will enable the UK to project air power around the globe supporting tasks from humanitarian and disaster relief through to combat operations. The Royal Navy has been at the core of ‘Carrier Aviation’ since inception and at Air Day 2014 aircraft, past and present, which operate from the sea will be on display.

Over five hours of flying displays will include UK/Foreign military and civilian display teams as well as the resident squadrons performing spectacular role demonstrations. The ground displays will showcase modern Royal Navy assets and equipment that support embarked aviation Protecting our Nations Interests.

The Air Station is one of the UK’s busiest military airfields and is notably home to the Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force, Commando Helicopter Force, Aviation Reconnaissance Force and the Royal Navy Historic Flight with its rare collection of naval aircraft.

Discounted ‘Earlybird’ Tickets are now available, with no booking fees, from http://store.yeoviltonairday.co.uk for a limited period. These are priced lower than the usual advance tickets which will go on general sale in the New Year.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Stat​e of the art Wildcat​ at Wings & Wheels​

Wings & Wheels is thrilled to announce that visitors to the airshow will get an exclusive look at the Royal Navy’s new helicopter, the Maritime Wildcat Attack Helicopter, as it performs a flypast on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey.

The new £26million Wildcat combat helicopter was unveiled in July 2012 and will be deployed to fight the Taliban, pirates, drug-smugglers and terrorists. The state-of-the-art multi-role chopper – so powerful it can blow a submarine out of the water – will play a vital role in military operations for the Royal Navy and Army from 2014.

The sophisticated aircraft’s primary task will be to protect soldiers on the battlefield and the Royal Navy’s fleet around the world. It is also designed to carry out a raft of other missions including cargo transport, casualty evacuation, troop carrying, surveillance and search and rescue.

Jamie McAllister, Event Director comments: “As one of the only UK airshows debuting the new Wildcat helicopter it’s a real coup for Wings & Wheels and our visitors. We have the strongest aviation line-up on the events calendar with more to announce over the coming months.”

Visitors to Wings & Wheels can also enjoy the world famous Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Typhoon, 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: RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day wins a Bronze Award at the 2013 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence Ceremony

Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton International Air Day has won a Bronze Award in the Tourism Experience of the Year category at the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2013 Ceremony.

The Bronze Award is a great achievement and recognises Excellence in Tourism in England. RNAS Yeovilton Commanding Officer and commercial partners, AHA Events Ltd were presented with their Bronze Award at a glittering Awards Ceremony which was held on 20 May 2013 at The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Old Trafford, Manchester.

Commenting on the Award James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said “The quality of the 320 applications we received this year was extremely high. Against such tough competition winning a Bronze Award is a considerable achievement. RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day is now ranked as one of the top three businesses in their category for excellence in England achieving one of the highest accolades which VisitEngland can bestow. I warmly congratulate them”.

RNAS Yeovilton received their award from Penelope Viscountess Cobham, Chair of VisitEngland.

Speaking on behalf of the Air Day team, Commanding Officer Jock Alexander said “Having received Gold at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards the recognition of a Bronze award by VisitEngland is a fantastic achievement and gives us the chance to proudly fly the flag for Somerset and the UK airshow scene. My team at RNAS Yeovilton and our commercial partners, AHA Events have worked hard during a particularly busy operational period to deliver one of the most popular military air shows in the country. Our Air Day is a fantastic family day out and gives us the chance to showcase military air capability past, present and future alongside many other exhibitions and interactive displays”.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Wildcat and Swordfish Lead Air Day’s All-Star Flypasts

Innovation and heritage will come together like never before when the Royal Navy’s cutting-edge Wildcat maritime attack helicopter flies alongside the historic Swordfish torpedo bomber at this year’s RNAS Yeovilton Air Day on 13 July. The pairing makes up just one of the spectacular and memorable flypasts being staged within Air Day’s all-action flying display.

Now being evaluated at RNAS Yeovilton both by the Royal Navy’s 700W Naval Air Squadron and the Army Air Corps’ Wildcat Fielding Team, the AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat is a highly-modified version of the well-established and very successful Westland Lynx, featuring upgraded engines, a brand new tail, avionics enhancements and more. 28 Wildcats are due to enter service in 2015 – almost 80 years after the Fairey Swordfish joined the Royal Navy in 1936. Nearly eight decades of naval might will thus be represented when the Wildcat and the Swordfish unite, while the Army’s own heritage will be showcased when their Wildcat variant flies past with its direct predecessor in Army Air Corps service – the Lynx AH9.

Owned and operated by the Royal Navy Historic Flight, the Fairey Swordfish is best known for its attacks on the German battleship Bismarck and the Italian fleet in Taranto Harbour and especially for its long involvement in the Battle of the Atlantic, which reached peak intensity levels in May 1943: 70 years ago. Other historic naval aircraft taking part in Air Day will include at least one of the Flight’s Hawker Sea Furies, along with Kennet Aviation’s Douglas Skyraider and its Supermarine Seafire – the navalised version of the Spitfire. Currently at the end of a major engineering programme, if the Historic Flight’s Sea Fury FB.11 is ready in time, it will link up with the Flight’s Sea Fury T.20, the Skyraider and the Seafire to create a powerful naval quartet.

Also participating in Air Day 2013 is the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The Flight’s signature three-ship Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane flypast never fails to evoke a deep sense of nostalgia among Air Day’s visitors and we’re especially pleased to have the Lancaster involved, amidst this year’s Dambusters 70th anniversary celebrations.

Air Day 2013′s other highlights include sensational debuts from the Czech Air Force Gripen and Swiss Air Force Hornet, yet more fast jet action from the RAF Typhoon and Belgian Air Force F-16, the RAF Red Arrows and the explosive Commando Assault finale.

Throughout the day there will be plenty of family attractions including performances from the Royal Marines Band and the Military Wives Choir Yeovilton, a fairground, vehicle exhibition, service demonstrations, field gun competition, picnic areas, helicopter pleasure flights, simulator rides, trade stands and much, much more.

Discounted advance tickets are available from www.royalnavy.mod.uk/yeovilton-airday or by calling the Ticketline on 08445 781 781.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Air Day’s Fast Jet Flyers!

Two of the world’s best fast jet displays will make their Air Day debuts at RNAS Yeovilton on 13 July 2013. Not currently scheduled to perform at any other UK airshows this year, the Swiss Air Force F/A-18C Hornet and the Czech Air Force JAS-39 Gripen lead an all-star fast jet cast that also features the RAF Typhoon FGR4 and the Belgian Air Component F-16AM.

The Hornet’s involvement marks a welcome return by the Swiss Air Force, whose Patrouille Suisse team were a huge attraction at Air Day 2007. Equipped with folding wings and a reinforced undercarriage, the twin-engined, twin-tailed Hornet is a naval fighter through-and-through but also equips several land-based air arms including the Swiss Air Force. This powerful aircraft is capable of speeds of Mach 1.8 and climb at a staggering rate of 50,000 feet a minute. Drawing on these qualities, Captain Bernhard “Beni” Kocher’s routine will blend noise, power and agility into an awesome demonstration, including several spectacular and extremely photogenic flare releases.

The Czech Air Force’s Gripens are all ex-Swedish Air Force aircraft leased from Sweden. A lightweight, singled-engined multirole design, the Gripen is the latest addition to a long line of Swedish fighter excellence that also included the Draken and the Viggen. Extremely manoeuvrable, it too has a top speed of Mach 1.8 and a 50,000 foot rate-of-climb. In the hands of its pilot, the Czech Air Force Gripen will demonstrate its darting speed and supreme manoeuvrability.

Other fast jets displaying at Air Day will include the RAF’s cutting-edge Typhoon and the Belgian Air Component’s F-16. With an all-new 2013 routine, the RAF Typhoon is returning to Air Day for the first time in several years while the Belgian F-16 is a regular and always-impressive participant, especially when firing flares into the Somerset sky. An additional attraction in Air Day’s static display will be the transport aircraft used to bring some of these aircraft’s support crew and equipment to the show. These will include a Belgian Air Component C-130H Hercules and a Czech Air Force EADS CASA C-295, neither have which have participated in Air Day before.

Among Air Day 2013′s other highlights are Avro Vulcan B2 XH558, the Czech Air Force’s awesome Mil Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter, the Royal Navy’s brand-new Wildcat maritime helicopter and many items linked to the show’s ‘Teamwork’ theme, including the RAF Red Arrows, the Royal Jordanian Falcons and the spine-tingling Commando Assault finale.

Throughout the day there will be plenty of family attractions including performances from the Royal Marines Band and the Military Wives Choir Yeovilton, a fairground, vehicle exhibition, service demonstrations, field gun competition, picnic areas, helicopter pleasure flights, simulator rides, trade stands and much, much more.

Discounted advance tickets are available from www.royalnavy.mod.uk/yeovilton-airday or by calling the Ticketline on 08445 781 781.

AIRSHOW NEWS: RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day is a finalist in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2013

Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton International Air Day has been named as a finalist in the Tourism Experience of the Year category of the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2013.

As a finalist RNAS Yeovilton Air Day now goes forward to the glittering Awards Ceremony which is being held on 20 May 2013 at The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Old Trafford, Manchester.

RNAS Yeovilton and commercial partners AHA Events will have to wait until then to find out which award their event will receive. All finalists are guaranteed to receive either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award.

Commenting on the finalists James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said “I would like to congratulate all those nominated as VisitEngland Awards for Excellence finalists this year. We received 320 applications and the quality of submissions was higher than ever. It is therefore no small achievement for RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day to become a finalist and justifiably take credit and pride in earning a coveted place in the top five in their category in England. I wish everyone all the best for the final in May”.

The Executive Officer of RNAS Yeovilton, Commander Terry Tyack said “Having received Gold at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards it is excellent news to be nominated for the National award. This is our opportunity to give something back to the community and demonstrate our continued commitment to organising and supporting one of the most popular military air shows in the country. Our Air Day is a fantastic family day out and gives us the chance to showcase military air capability past, present and future alongside many other exhibitions and interactive displays. At RNAS Yeovilton we appreciate the opportunity to be considered for this prestigious award”.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Royal Navy Black Cats Display Dates 2012

The Royal Navy Black Cats Helicopter Display Team have published their 2012 display dates on their Facebook page. They are as follows:

26 – 27 May Southend Air Festival
8 Jun Dawlish Air Show
17 Jun RAF Cosford Air Show (Solo Display)
23 Jun RNAS Yeovilton Air Day
30 Jun – 1 Jul RAF Waddington Air Show
20 – 22 Jul Sunderland Air Show
1 Aug Weymouth Bay Festival
25 – 26 Aug Chris Evans’ CarFest
20 – 31 Aug Dartmouth Regatta
31 Aug – 2 Sep Bournemouth Air Festival
8 – 9 Sep Southport Air Show
12 – 14 Sep Guernsey & Jersey Air Shows
14 Oct Duxford Autumn Air Show

 

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