Despite everyone’s best endeavours, it has now been decided that the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II will not fly at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2014 as all of the aircraft currently remain grounded.
Air Tattoo Chief Executive Tim Prince said the decision was a great disappointment given the amount of planning that had gone into bringing the aircraft over to RIAT for its international display debut.
He said: “It’s not unusual for there to be delays in the development programme of any new military aircraft, and the Air Tattoo has been working closely with teams from Lockheed Martin, the US Marine Corps, Department of Defence and MoD to ensure the aircraft touched down at RAF Fairford for the Air Tattoo. Unfortunately we’ve simply run out of time.”
An MoD spokesman said “The safety of pilots and aircraft has to be our priority. Of course, it is disappointing that the Lightning II has not arrived in the UK in time for the Air Tattoo but we fully support the decision not to grant clearance for the aircraft to make their first transatlantic flight to the UK until the technical investigations following an engine failure are complete.”
Mr Prince added: “We fully understand and support the decision as safety of pilots and aircraft has to be paramount.
“Fortunately, the F-35B is only one of more than 200 exciting aircraft representing 33 air arms from 27 countries around the globe that will be taking part in RIAT 2014, which begins tomorrow (Friday, July 11). We are looking forward to staging the UK’s biggest celebrations marking the RAF Red Arrows 50th display season at the world’s largest military airshow.”
AIRSHOW NEWS: Historic flight confirmed for Bournemouth Air Festival
Not satisfied with two incredible ‘firsts’ for this Summer, (Red Arrows every day and a Dakota), organisers of this summer’s Bournemouth Air Festival, supported by Mouchel and City Fibre Gigler, have confirmed the much anticipated Canadian Lancaster will be appearing with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
The last two Lancaster bombers still flying in the world will come together in a series of events this summer, in a meeting unlikely to happen ever again and will be taking centre stage at the Air Festival on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st.
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) will fly their Avro Lancaster from Hamilton, Ontario on August 4th with plans to arrive in England on August 8th. The North Atlantic crossing will include en-route stops at Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada, Narsarsuaq, Greenland, and Keflavik in Iceland, before arriving in the UK.
Jon Weaver Air Festival Director said; ‘I am delighted to confirm we’ll be hosting the Canadian Lancaster & her display team this summer. This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the world’s only two airworthy Lancaster’s take to the skies together.
He added; ‘The aircraft is guaranteed for the weekend and we hope to raise funds for Thursday and Friday, to give everyone a chance to see this unique sight – if anyone is interested is supporting us, please get in touch!’
Here for the month of August, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum President and CEO, Squadron Leader (Ret.) David G. Rohrer C.D. who is a current Lancaster pilot, added; “This is a “Once in a Lanc Time” event and a special salute to all the veterans of Bomber Command. On behalf of the team and all involved we are really looking forward to displaying for the Bournemouth Air Festival”.
Whether an aviation enthusiast or Air Festival regular, this is incredible news for the UKs biggest & best aviation event. Sponsors or aviation enthusiasts wanting to support this fantastic display can email email@example.com
For more information visit bournemouthair.co.uk, follow the Festival Facebook page bournemouthairfestival or follow the team on Twitter @bmthairfest.
AIRSHOW NEWS: Last two airworthy Lancasters to fly at Dunsfold Wings & Wheels
Wings & Wheels is delighted to confirm a once in a life time air display with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s (CWHM) prized Avro Lancaster which will be flying at the Show on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August 2014.
Joining the only other airworthy Lancaster in the world, owned and operated by the RAF BBMF, CWHM will display at Dunsfold Aerodrome as part of a month long tour of the UK. As well as celebrating the exceptionally close British/Canadian relationship, the tour will also commemorate the sacrifice and dedication of Commonwealth Bomber crews and the professionalism of both nations’ air forces today.
The home of Wings & Wheels, Dunsfold Aerodrome, has strong historical ties with the Canadians. The Aerodrome began life on 11 May 1942 when the First Canadian Army – mainly the 2nd Battalion Royal Canadian Engineers – began construction of the emergency airfield. After just 20 weeks the site was officially handed over to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) on 16 October 1942. During the War the Aerodrome was home to the RCAF 400, 414 and 430 Squadrons.
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum President and CEO, Sqn Ldr (Ret.) David G. Rohrer C.D. who is a current Lancaster pilot, comments: “This Trans-Atlantic crossing and visit to the BBMF and England is a “Once in a Lanc Time” event as it will not happen again. A rare window of opportunity was identified to bring the last two flying Lancasters in the world together as a special salute to all the veterans of Bomber Command, many of whom are in their late 80s or older now. We are delighted to be displaying at Wings & Wheels and on an Aerodrome which has such strong links with the Royal Canadian Air Force.”
Jamie McAllister, Event Director comments: “Wings & Wheels is going to be one of only a handful of aerodromes across the UK where it will be possible to watch both Lancasters display and we are absolutely thrilled. We are very proud of the Aerodrome’s Canadian heritage and to be able to commemorate it in such an iconic and historic way is something we can’t wait to share with our visitors.”
As well as the Lancasters, visitors to Wings & Wheels can also enjoy the world famous Red Arrows, Vulcan, BBMF Spitfire and Hurricane, Tucano, Apache 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 show also includes over 25 fixed-price catering outlets, 2 bars, hospitality facilities, free on-site parking, public camping, lost children point, disabled access, informative show commentary, opportunities to meet the pilots, official show merchandise and grandstand seating.
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: Midair Squadron Canberra PR9 and Hunter T7 perform inaugural display in front of home crowds
Cotswold Airport, Cirencester, 30th April 2014: Marking the beginning of the 2014 display season, the Midair Squadron’s Canberra PR9 (XH134) and Hunter T7 (XL577) took to the skies above Cotswold Airport today.
In their inaugural display together, and XL577’s first week flying since 2009, the dynamic pair captivated on-looking crowds with their agility and grace coupled with the power of their impressive Avon jet engines. The Canberra PR9 is the only air-worthy example of this aircraft in the world, and joined by XL577, makes this combination of unique aircraft a global first.
Commenting at the celebratory event, squadron owner Mike Davis, comments, “It’s a wonderful day to celebrate the addition of XL577 to the Midair Squadron. Following twenty-four months of extensive restoration fuelled by a personal passion and a dedicated team, I am delighted to see these aircraft flying together. Our pilots have put on a show stopping display routine for our guests this afternoon.”
“Today marks the start of the busy display season for the Squadron, one which we’re very much looking forward to and delighted to have become involved in”.
The Midair Squadron is scheduled for their first public display at the Abingdon Air & Country Show on Sunday 4th May, followed by the Canberra displaying at Llandudno Air Show at the end of May.
The Midair Squadron will be seen at international events throughout the coming season, and will shortly be flanked by second Hunter XL600. Further details of the events will be found on www.midair-squadron.com.
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 www.waddingtonairshow.co.uk
AIRSHOW NEWS: Airborne angels enact Air Tattoo drama
Whether 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 airtattoo.com 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org