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AIRSHOW NEWS: RAF Waddington International Air Show has had its most successful year ever raising over £375,000 for Service and local charities

The 2013 RAF Waddington International Air Show has had its most successful year ever raising over £375,000 for Service and local charities!

With all proceeds raised at the The Show going to good causes the organisers are thrilled to announce that both the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) and The Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) will each benefit from a whopping £135,000 donation; the most RAF Waddington International Air Show has ever donated. Both charities provide financial, practical and emotional support to all members of the RAF both past and present. In addition the local community are also set to benefit from a £29,000 donation to the Station Charities Fund; money which is available throughout the year for disbursement to local charities. Not only that; the Air Cadets Organisation is also set to receive £29,000 and a further £50,000 has already been donated to the Lincoln Bomber Command Memorial fund.
Since the Air Shows inception in 1995 this brings the total raised for Charity to a massive £3.3 Million.

RAF Waddington International Air Show Director Mr. Paul Sall said:
“Given our ongoing operational commitments, there is a great sense of achievement for everyone at RAF Waddington. We’re immensely proud that all the hard work that goes in to putting on such a spectacular show has meant we are able to donate such a significant amount of money knowing that it will make a real difference amongst the Service and local community alike”

On receiving the donation Commandant Air Cadets Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty said:

“The Air Cadet Organisation is delighted to accept this very generous donation from the RAF Waddington Air Show. Many hundreds of cadets and supporting adult volunteers attend the Show every year performing essential support tasks on the ground to enable the Waddington Air Show to be such an international success. We will use this donation to further promote aviation in the Air Cadet Organisation and recognise the excellence of our cadets and volunteers”

The RAF Waddington International Airshow showcases the UK’s Defence capabilities as well as highlighting RAF Waddington’s contribution to Operations. You can re-live the thrills of this years show on the official 2013 DVD which includes exclusive in depth features about the Royal Air Force.

Plans are well under way for next years show which will be held on Saturday 5th June and Sunday 6th July. Themes for 2014 are the Commemoration of the First World War, the 65th Anniversary of NATO, the 70th Anniversary of D Day and the 50th Display Season of RAFAT the Red Arrows.

Visitors can expect to see aircraft both old and new. Not only that there is a comprehensive static aircraft display to view, over 250 trade stands and exhibitors plus a fantastic fun fair. All arms of the military are present with fantastic hands on displays which will thrill any enthusiast both young and old. The 2014 RAF Waddington International Air Show stands to be another great day out for all members of the family; tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Air Show and make wonderful Christmas presents. For details and on-line bookings please visit the website at

AIRSHOW NEWS: Airborne angels enact Air Tattoo drama

RIATWhether it’s the police, ambulance or fire and rescue, the speed and effectiveness of the UK’s airborne emergency services in responding to an incident can often be the difference between life and death.

Thanks to Eurocopter UK Ltd, their capability and professionalism will be demonstrated in vivid fashion when a dramatic rescue is enacted at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in the Cotswolds on July 20-21.

From search, surveillance and crime detection to casualty evacuation and air ambulance airlift, the rotary wing aircraft element of the UK’s frontline response units are on 24-hour standby to provide vital support wherever it is needed.
In a recreation of an emergency scenario, the National Police Air Service, London Fire Brigade and Devon Air Ambulance, operating three Eurocopter helicopters, will demonstrate their capabilities to Air Tattoo spectators.

As the drama unfolds, a Police EC135 helicopter will overfly the scene to aid co-ordination whilst an EC145 with a fire service team on board will attend the incident along with an EC135 air ambulance.

The demonstration is part of the Air Tattoo’s Sky Guardian theme which will turn the spotlight on civil and military aircraft operators who play an important role safeguarding life, land and liberty around the globe.

Air Tattoo Chief Executive Tim Prince said: “The demo will be a rare opportunity for the public to witness the airborne emergency services’ skill and bravery, often working in situations none of us would want to find ourselves in.

“We are grateful to Eurocopter, whose EC135 helicopter is the aircraft of choice for the UK Emergency Services, for offering us the opportunity to salute the role of these unsung heroes.”

Among the other highlights in the airshow’s seven-and-a-half hour flying programme will be displays by the Vulcan bomber, fast jets including the Typhoon, Gripen and Rafale; six aerobatic display teams including the RAF Red Arrows; the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight plus a number of unique joint flypasts.

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 or call 0800 107 1940. All under-16s go free. Free parking.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Multi-Role Typhoon Returns to Wings & Wheels

The RAF’s only Multi Role fast jet will be demonstrating its unrivalled flexibility and war fighting capabilities at Wings & Wheels in August as the Typhoon returns to the skies over Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey.

The backbone of RAF fast jet operations, the Typhoon’s impressive display of force and grace will wow and humble the crowds as 29(R) Squadron, based at RAF Coningsby, bring their display to the 2013 Show and remind people everywhere of its role in protecting the Falkland Islands and UK airspace 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Jamie McAllister, Event Director comments: “The Typhoon is an incredible aircraft to watch and we are delighted to welcome the team back to Wings & Wheels on Sunday 25th August. There is no other aircraft which can make an audience hum with the vibration of their display or deafening roar of its engines like the Typhoon and it’s a welcome addition to our five hour air display.”

Visitors to Wings & Wheels can also enjoy the world famous Red Arrows, 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 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.

NEWS: The Sky’s the limit for Fishing News editor!

The world’s oldest weekly commercial fishing industry newspaper Fishing News will be celebrating its 100th anniversary (in its April 12th edition).

Fishermen have gone through a lot of highs and lows during its publication and currently seem to be fighting their case even more via the European Courts.

Fishing is dangerous and unpredictable. Hardship and tragedy are facts of everyday life in the UK’s fishing. For those lost, there are grieving families left ashore often without the support they need.

Cormac Burke editor of Fishing News and its sister publication Fishing News International wanted to show his appreciation for the work that The Fishermen’s Mission doing by linking it to the 100th Anniversary of these two Intrafish publications.

“I was a deep sea fisherman myself for some 16 years and have seen first hand the risks these brave men have to put up with every time they go to sea. Many work single handed on the inshore fisheries whilst others work on the trawlers that can be at sea for days, all looking for that important catch.

“The Fishermen’s’Mission charity provides care, compassion and support to working, retired, and disabled fishermen and their families. All coastal regions have their Mission Port Officers and these are available seven days a week to offer support. I feel it is now our turn to offer support to those that work for the Mission,” said Cormac.

To say thank you Cormac plans to do a parachute jump in Nottinghamshire on the 13th April with all monies raised going to the Fishermen’s Mission.

A Just Giving page has been set up for anyone wishing to sponsor Cormac. Please dig deep into your pockets and support the Fishermen’s Mission – no donation is too small. Every time you see a fishing vessel leaving a harbour you will know that you are helping them in times of need.

Fishermen’s Mission (Charity Registration No. England & Wales No 232822, Scotland No SC039088)

Air Tattoo team spread their wings

The team behind Europe’s largest airshow is offering to share some of the magic that has made the Royal International Air Tattoo such a success over the years.

Next month (October) sees the launch of Fairford-based Air Tattoo Event Services (ATES), a new initiative by the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises, which is offering to spice up events around the UK by providing an aerial spectacle that is guaranteed to create a memorable ‘wow’ factor. The team plans to use its knowledge and experience of staging the world-famous Air Tattoo each year at RAF Fairford to help others incorporate the excitement and thrills of an air display at their events.

The aviation spectacle provided by ATES could include arranging displays by legendary warbirds such as Spitfires or Hurricanes, classic jets such as Hunters, Jet Provosts or Gnats, daring wing-walkers, synchronised aerobatic display teams, single aerobatic display aircraft, helicopters, modern military aircraft, large model displays, gliders, hot air balloons as well as static aircraft. ATES would book the aircraft, ensure all the regulatory requirements are met and choreograph the display to meet the needs of occasions such as private or corporate functions and large public events including outdoor concerts, conferences, gala dinners or staff family days.

Air Tattoo Chief Executive Tim Prince said: “Air displays are now really popular in the UK which means the benefit of including aircraft at an event is immense – they can help generate pre-event publicity and a buzz, and then wow guests or visitors on the day, giving them something to remember and talk about for months to come.”

Rob Windsor, from ATES, said: “In the past we organised aerial displays at events including the opening of Eurotunnel, celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Heathrow Airport, plus various F1 grand prix and seaside airshows. With our experience and with a wide range of aircraft and displays to choose from, event planners will discover just how simple it can be to turn an occasion into something extra-special.”

For further information, contact Rob Windsor at

Red Arrows Accident: Update from the team’s website

From the Red Arrows Website:-

We can confirm that at 1150 GMT on Tuesday 23 March two Hawk aircraft from the Royal Air Force Red Arrows Aerobatic Team collided whilst undertaking pre-season training at Hellenic Air Force Base Kastelli in Crete.

· The aircraft were being flown by Flt Lt Mike Ling (known as Red 6) and Flt Lt David Montenegro (known as Red 7). Flt Lt Ling ejected from his aircraft sustaining a dislocated shoulder and minor injuries associated with an ejection. His aircraft was severely damaged on impact with the runway. Flt Lt Montenegro managed to land his aircraft safely with no injuries.

· A Service Inquiry has been launched and an air crash investigation team is now in Crete.

· The Red Arrows team will transit their Hawk aircraft as soon as possible, from Heraklion Airport where they diverted, back to Hellenic Air Force base Kastelli on the island of Crete where they were on a training detachment as part of their spring work-up, prior to the display season.

· Safety is paramount. The team will recommence training for the forthcoming season once preliminary inquiries into the accident have been completed to the satisfaction of the chain of command. It is too early to speculate on the format and composition of the likely display routine.

· The investigation will determine the facts and further information will be provided in due course.

· It would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of the crash.

Pitts XII accident at White Waltham

Local newspapers have reported an accident involving the Pitts XII aircraft based at White Waltham on Thursday afternoon.

From Maidenhead Advertiser:-

A plane has flat-landed at White Waltham airfield in Maidenhead this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the scene shortly after 1pm where a yellow plane is thought to have made a heavy landing.

A male pilot in his thirties was been airlifted to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford with injuries.

First Patrouille Suisse display dates for 2009

The first dates for the Swiss Air Force display team, Patrouille Suisse, have been released on Flugzeugforum.


  • 17th – Lauberhornrennen, Wengen (Switzerland)


  • 26th-3rd April – Emmen (Switzerland)


  • 8th-11th – Hafengeburtstag, Hamburg (Germany)


  • 12th-15th – Tours (France)
  • 26th-29th – Zeltweg (Austria)


  • 4th – Mollis (Switzerland)


  • 15th – Thun (Switzerland)
  • 21st-24th – Rygge (Norway)
  • 29th -  Dittingen (Switzerland)


  • 3rd – Foire du Valais, Martigny (Switzerland)
  • 7th-8th – AXALP (Switzerland)

Thundersprint 2009 – Spitfire Around the Town Centre

Spitfire fans will have the chance to see this magnificent aircraft display in a unique setting right on the edge of Northwich, Cheshire, on Sunday May 10.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire will perform at Thundersprint 2009 – an incredible mix of classic motorcycle racing, street entertainment and fine food which takes over this pretty market town during the second weekend in May.
The Thundersprint festival has completely free admission, and free parking, and provides a packed day’s entertainment for the whole family. Turn one corner and there’s a 1960s Grand Prix star munching on a home made wild boar pie – walk around the next and find thoroughbred classic race bikes mingling with Morris Dancers and Jazz bands: there’s nowhere like the Thundersprint!
Star attractions on two-wheels this year are double World Champion and MotoGP star James Toseland and six times World Champion Jim Redman.
As the tension builds for the start of four hours of non-stop racing, the BBMF Spitfire roars across the sky in salute and the thunder of the mighty Merlin engine echoes from Marks and Spencer’s store wall! Truly, an unmissable experience for any fan of classic aircraft – and one which is absolutely unique to the Thundersprint.
Spectator entry to the Thundersprint is free, as is parking, but arriving early is recommended because Northwich gets very busy. The Thundersprint is very family friendly and welcomes well-behaved pets – and children. Facilties for the disabled are excellent with free parking right in the centre of the show.
For more information visit or ‘phone 01928 740 498.

Shoreham confirms 2009 Dates

This is to confirm that the 2009 SHOREHAM ROYAL AIRFORCES ASSOCIATION BATTLE OF BRITAIN AIRSHOW will take place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of August 2009.

It will be our ‘20th ANNIVERSARY EVENT’ and it is intended to make it a fitting tribute to those that have organised it over the past twenty years with some displays that will make it different from past years.

It will also be our way of saying a big thank you to those that have supported us over the years by helping or attending the airshows. It is not easy to run an event this size, considering all involved are volunteers and the organisers under Don Bean MBE are well aware of this. “Our aim is to support the Royal Air forces Association and to raise the record funds we have done over the past 19 years is an outstanding achievement that we should all be very proud off,” he added.

“There were some traffic related problems on the Saturday of this year’s event and it is our intention to make sure that this will not happen again in 2009. There is no doubt that this year’s two day show was a great success with Saturday breaking all attendance records making up for the inclement start to the Sunday. The feedback we have had from the aviation media and aircrews is that once again Shoreham was one of the highlights of the air display calendar,” said John Periam.

Not only do we need your support for 2009 but if there are any who have a genuine interest to help us do please contact the Airshow Office on 01273 441545. “The work is not easy but it is fun and aviation can become very addictive as many of us have already found out,” said Don Bean.

Look forward to seeing you in 2009.



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