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 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.
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. http://www.justgiving.com/Cormac-Burke-FM-jump. 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)
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 email@example.com
Red Arrows Accident: Update from the team’s 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.
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 www.thundersprint.com or ‘phone 01928 740 498.
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.
Cancellation – The Victory Show, Cosby nr Leicester
Due to the sudden and unusually persistent heavy rainfall, a decision was made by the organisers of the The Victory Show to cancel the event on both Saturday September 6th and Sunday September 7th.
As with any cancellation of any event the very difficult decision was taken following discussions between the organisers, exhibitors, police and other safety services. It was based on concerns for the visitors and the disappointing conclusion was that we could not fully safeguard them or provide an event in these conditions deemed worthwhile for them to visit.
Despite a huge effort by everyone involved to improve the conditions of the waterlogged public car parks and ground display sites, it became clear that significant areas of the fields and of the battleground were unusable. For further information please visit www.victoryshow.co.uk where further updates will be published in due course.
The countdown is on for this year’s 19th Royal Air Forces Association Shoreham Airshow which takes place at Shoreham Airport this weekend Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st.
Don Bean MBE airshow organiser said “Advanced ticket sales have exceeded expectations and broken all records and to add to that the long term weather forecast looks very good indeed for the weekend with plenty of sunshine and warm weather – what more can we ask for except a safe show and some first class flying.”
Gates will open at 0830 am both days and Christian Moullec from France will start the flying display at 1115 am (which lasts well over five hours) with his micro light and geese flying in harmony – Christian was last hear three years ago and is returning by popular request.
“The Vulcan” is scheduled to appear one day over the weekend but this will be subject to serviceability and as we go to press there are currently concerns regarding its undercarriage following a rather heavy landing at RAF Brize Norton last Friday. “We have been assured they are doing everything possible to make an appearance at Shoreham – but it is airworthiness takes priority when it comes to display flying” said John Periam Airshow Press Officer.
With over 50 aircraft flying from the latest RAF Eurofighter Typhoon through to a full scale airfield attack resulting in a mass Spitfire and Hurricane scramble there will be plenty to entertain the crowds.
Add to that – lots to keep the children entertained from clowns to meeting members of the armed forces through to a fun fair – static aircraft park – craft tent – trade stands and autograph enclosure where one can meet the pilots and celebrities attending the show – the day should be action packed.
“EARLY ARRIVAL WOULD BE APPRECIATED AS THIS HELPS THE TRAFFIC FLOW – SO DO MAKE THE MOST OF THE EARLY OPENING TIME AT 0830” said Sussex Police.