The Midair Squadron is delighted to announce that Hunter XL577 has been confirmed to display alongside PR9 XH134, in the first scheduled public display of the season for the Squadron.
Following an extensive and stringent restoration programme, using highly skilled engineers from C2 Aviation, this display will mark XL577’s much anticipated return to the public circuit. It was last seen in 2009.
Delighted with the news, Midair Squadron owner Mike Davis commented, “This announcement is extremely exciting for all who have enjoyed following the return to flight schedule of all three Midair Squadron aircraft. XL577 will be a welcome addition to the display circuit, with all three aircraft exemplifying the very finest of British engineering.”
The final member of the Midair Squadron trio, Hunter T7 XL600, is already prepared in the silver Squadron livery, and is expected to complete her restoration shortly.
Other confirmed flying display acts at Abingdon Air & Country Show on 4th May include the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire, Breitling Wingwalkers and Catalina.
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.
The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAF BBMF) based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire will welcome the arrival of a very special guest during August 2014 when the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) fly their prized Avro Lancaster to the UK for a month long visit.
The Canadian Lancaster will join the only other airworthy Lancaster in the world, owned and operated by the RAF BBMF, and participate in several events and activities while overseas.
The CWHM Lancaster will depart 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, Iceland, prior to arriving in the UK.
Shortly after arriving, the Lancaster will undergo a scheduled maintenance inspection. The CWHM crews will then complete a short training program with the BBMF in preparation to participate in several air displays and fly pasts with the BBMF Lancaster and fighters starting on August 14th. These displays will celebrate the exceptionally close British/Canadian relationship and to commemorate the sacrifice and dedication of Commonwealth Bomber crews and the professionalism of both nations’ air forces today. The CWHM Lancaster will also conduct a limited number of UK Bomber Membership flights from Humberside Airport, flying over historic Lincolnshire for those fortunate few who have obtained CWHM UK Bomber Memberships. Further information on the UK Bomber Memberships can be found at www.warplane.com.
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum President and CEO, Sqn Ldr (Ret.) David G. Rohrer C.D. who is a current Lancaster pilot, stated that 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. Rohrer indicated that this year, “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.” It is also an opportunity for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum to fly together and showcase a flying display and tribute to all those who served in the time of need, in Canada, Britain, and the entire Commonwealth, that likely will never be seen again.
Officer Commanding the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Sqn Ldr Dunc Mason said “To see these two aircraft flying at events together will be a unique sight and also the opportunity to truly commemorate those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Lest We Forget.”
AIRSHOW NEWS: Midair Squadron’s Canberra PR9 (XH134) to display at Abingdon Air & Country Show
The iconic and celebrated Canberra XH134, the world’s only airworthy PR9, will join an array of aviation acts, including the Breitling Wingwalkers, Trig Team and a P40 Kittyhawk, at the Abingdon Air & Country Show on Sunday 4th May.
In her first scheduled airshow of the year, XH134 will perform a revised display, showcasing the exceptional PR9 capabilities, under the skilled piloting of Sqn Ldr Dave Piper and Flt Lt Mike Leckey. Incorporating a variety of impressive manoeuvres, visitors will be captivated by the power and noise of XH134.
Designed as the RAF’s first jet bomber, the Canberra had an exceptional career spanning 55 years of active service, before retiring from operations in July 2006. Following an extensive restoration by C2 Aviation, XH134 unveiled the striking new silver colour scheme of the Midair Squadron in September 2013, and will be flanked by two Hawker Hunters as the 2014 season progresses.
Aircraft owner, Michael Davis, explains, “The refined PR9 display showcases XH134 in all her glory. Demonstrating the sheer power and capabilities of the photo reconnaissance aircraft, it is a pleasure to introduce XH134 back to the display circuit.”
Speaking of the new air display, Sqn Ldr Dave Piper comments, “It is an honour to fly such an internationally recognised aircraft, in front of crowds who have supported her restoration from the outset.”
The annual Abingdon Air & Country show, located at Abingdon Airfield, is staged to raise money for the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, donating over £45,000 since 2007. Over 9,000 visitors are expected this year.
AIRSHOW NEWS: Canberra XH134 to fly in closing display of the year at IWM Duxford Autumn Air Show this weekend
The Midair Squadron’s Canberra XH134 will perform its last public display of the season at the IWM Duxford Autumn Air Show on Sunday 13th October. Celebrating 40 years of air shows at IWM Duxford, XH134 will perform alongside other significant British aircraft including the Hawker Hurricane, a Gloster Gladiator and a variety of Spitfires.
Designed as the RAF’s first jet bomber, the Canberra had an exceptional career spanning 55 years of active service, before retiring in July 2006. Whilst serving in the RAF, the Canberra was responsible for strategic photographic reconnaissance, pilot training and enemy radar jamming and became one of Britain’s most successful and enduring jet combat aircraft. Following a complete restoration by C2 Aviation, XH134 will fly in the recently unveiled silver colour scheme of the new display team, the Midair Squadron.
Aircraft owner, Mike Davis, comments, “I’m delighted the Canberra is able to display this weekend and celebrate alongside an excess of historic British aviation excellence. A Canberra took part in the very first air show at IWM Duxford in October 1973, so it is a fitting tribute that she is back this weekend.”
In September, XH134 flew her inaugural public display at the Goodwood Revival, showcasing her new livery to an eager audience, and will shortly be flanked by two Hawker Hunter T7s in the Midair Squadron line up.
The recently launched website – www.midair-squadron.com – contains detailed information on each of the aircraft and their capabilities, plus video footage and images of the Canberra in action. For further information about the Autumn Air Show please go to iwm.org.uk.
NEWS: IWM Duxford-based Catalina takes on a round-Britain challenge
Commemorating a 100 year old flight in the aircraft’s own 70th birthday month
On Wednesday 21 August, Catalina G-PBYA, operated by Plane Sailing Air Displays Limited and based at IWM Duxford, undertakes a remarkable aviation challenge.
Honouring the daring flying expeditions of the pioneer aviators, the Catalina will undertake, in its centenary year, the 1913 Circuit of Britain flight, which was flown by pilot Harry Hawker and mechanic Harry Kauper, both Australians, in a Sopwith Waterplane.
The Catalina celebrates its 70th birthday this month, making it the oldest UK-based airworthy amphibian.
In 1913, the Circuit of Britain Race was the first major British competition for seaplanes. It was supported by Lord Northcliffe, the proprietor of the Daily Mail, who was a great fan of aviation races. Shell Aviation provided the lubricants for the original race and will be doing the same 100 years on.
The route in 1913, as reported by Flight magazine, started and finished at Southampton Water, with eight control points en route. These were the Royal Temple Yacht Club in Ramsgate, the Naval Air Station in Yarmouth, the Grand Hotel in Scarborough, the Palace Hotel in Aberdeen, the Naval Air Station in Cromarty, the Great Western Hotel in Oban, the Royal St George Yacht Club in Kingstown, Dublin and the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club in Falmouth.
While the airspace in 2013 is somewhat more restricted then 100 years ago, the crew of the Catalina intends to follow the 1913 route as closely as possible. The full route is outlined below. The crew will take off from IWM Duxford on Wednesday 21 August to complete the 1600 mile route over approximately five days. They will be flying over some key historic sites, including Kingston, where the Sopwith Factory was based; Hook in Chessington, where Harry Hawker is buried and Brooklands Aerodrome (now Brooklands Museum), where Harry Hawker learnt to fly and tested aircraft for use in the First World War.
The Catalina will also orbit the Classic Boat Museum at Cowes, which has on display a 1/8 scale replica of the Bat Boat tested by Harry Hawker in 1913.
The Catalina crew aspires to succeed where Harry Hawker and Harry Kauper did not.
Harry Hawker was the Chief Test Pilot for the Sopwith Aviation Company, while Harry Kauper was an experienced mechanic and Foreman of Works at Sopwith.
Although four aeroplanes were originally entered for this aerial challenge in 1913, of their competitors, Samuel Cody was killed in a flying accident on 7 August, while F K McLean withdrew his Short S.68 aircraft due to engine trouble. The Radley-England Waterplane was withdrawn for the same reason. Only the two Harrys took off on the day of the race.
Their first attempt ended at Yarmouth with a cracked cylinder head and pilot exhaustion. They started again on 25 August and managed to fly to just north of Dublin, but crashed in the sea when Harry Hawker’s foot slipped off the rudder while landing.
The aircraft was destroyed and Harry Kauper broke his arm. Harry Hawker got a soaking, but was otherwise unharmed. While the Daily Mail prize money of £5,000 could not be given, a consolation award of £1,000 was donated. Shell commissioned Mappin & Webb to make a model of the Sopwith Waterplane, which was presented to Harry Hawker.
The 2013 Catalina commemoration is led by pilot Jeff Boyling, who, like Harry Hawker, was born in Australia and shares a passion for aeronautical adventure. By marking this occasion, Jeff hopes to inspire younger generations with the wonder of flying and to keep the golden era of aviation alive today. Jeff said:
“Flying the Catalina G-PBYA is a huge privilege and honour. It is wonderful that this historic aircraft can pay tribute to a great aviator who was a real pioneer. May the memory of Hawker live on.”
Why not come down to IWM Duxford and see Jeff and the Catalina team depart in grand style as they take off for this challenging aerial expedition on Wednesday 21 August?
We’ll be tracking the Catalina’s progress on the Imperial War Museum Duxford facebook page and also via our twitter feed at https://twitter.com/I_W_M
AIRSHOW NEWS: Thrilling line-up announced for Flying Legends Air Show at Duxford
Over 50 aircraft are booked to appear at the Flying Legends Air Show, on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July, in a spectacular aerial celebration of historic aviation.
The Bremont Horsemen Flight Team will present the worldwide debut of their thrilling new display in a trio of Supermarine Spitfires, including two rare Mark I variants.
To showcase the incredible lineage of the Supermarine Spitfire, we are proud to present variants ranging from the Mark I to the Mark 19, flying alongside their old adversary, the Hispano Buchon (Messerschmitt Bf 109). These aircraft will take part in choreographed dogfights reminiscent of the Battle of Britain above IWM Duxford’s historic Second World War airfield.
The Fighter Collection is pleased to present a melee of Mustangs including two rare blue-nosed Mustangs, Moonbeam McSwine and Princess Elizabeth. They represent aircraft flown by Captain William T Whisner of the 487th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group at RAF Bodney, Suffolk in 1944. When the 352nd Fighter Group discovered that they were to be honoured by a visit from the then Princess Elizabeth, they decided to christen Bill Whisner’s aircraft in her honour. Unimpressed by this imposition on his beloved Mustang, Bill soon changed the name to Moonbeam McSwine. Princess Elizabeth arrived at IWM Duxford in May this year to display as part of the Eagle Squadron commemoration at the Spring Air Show. This is a rare opportunity to view this US-based aircraft in the Duxford skies once more before her
return to the USA.
Making a welcome return is the Flying Bulls’ Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair reg. OE-EAS. The Flying Bulls’ stunning aerial performances always wow the crowds at the Flying Legends Air Show.
The biplane era will be celebrated by a four-ship display comprising of two Hawker Nimrod aircraft, a Hawker Demon and a Hawker Hind. These glorious aircraft are instantly reminiscent of the golden age of adventurous aviation.
Continuing this bygone theme, we are pleased to announce that two Gloster Gladiator aircraft will fly together for the first time at the Flying Legends Air Show and indeed anywhere else in the world.
A celebration of Curtiss aircraft includes The Fighter Collection’s Curtiss P-40B Warhawk , the only remaining airworthy survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack on 7 December 1941, and their Curtiss P-40F Warhawk, one of only two airworthy examples of this variant in the world.
Favourite aircraft returning to the Flying Legends Air Show include the Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stifutung Junkers Ju 52 and Messerschmitt 108; B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B; Dakota Norway DC3 and on Sunday 14 July only, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster will join the Flight’s Spitfire and Hurricane for a commemorative wartime display.
The wartime atmosphere continues across the museum. The Vintage Village, situated on the hangar base next to Wing Co Joe’s Café, offers the perfect nostalgic destination for some rest and relaxation.
Enjoy authentic thirties and forties songs sung in true Andrews Sisters-style by The Manhattan Dolls, who will have flown directly from New York to perform for visitors to the air show. The Wilmslow Concert Band will be performing 1940s swing band classics.
Don’t miss the chance to clamber aboard the Home Front Bus! This unique living history experience contains detailed reconstructions of a 1940s living room, a wartime shop, a bombed-out street and an air raid shelter. Enjoy a glass of fizz from the Prosecco Bar and take the weight off your feet in our traditional deckchair seating area. Complete your 1940s day by sitting in a replica Supermarine Spitfire!
Ops 1939-45 represent Battle of Britain-era RAF pilots and ground crew with uncanny accuracy. They will present a dispersal point display at the Flying Legends Air Show, where they will be chatting to visitors as they await the call to scramble. They will also be hosting Bomber briefings, where, as members of Bomber Command, they will tell you about your target for tonight and get you ready for your bombing mission.
The 42nd Field Hospital portrays US Army medical personnel from the Second World War, while the Screaming Eagles Living History Group will be representing servicemen who served with the 101st US Airborne Division, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Easy Company during the Second World War. They will have displays at the air show and will be bringing the 1940s to life in US style.
We’ve got fun family activities happening between 10am and 2pm, in AirSpace, next to the Lancaster, where you can get hands-on with RAF Bomber Command historical objects.
If you love the sound of a Merlin engine, don’t miss the dynamic display of seven instantly-recognisable historic engines on the airfield jet pan, including two Merlins, a Griffon, two Leonides, a Napier Lion and a Hercules.
Join us for another unforgettable Flying Legends Air Show! Advance booking has now closed but you can still purchase your ticket on the gate on each day of the air show.
AIRSHOW NEWS: Vulcan signs up for Clacton Airshow on August 23
The ever popular crowd-pulling Vulcan bomber will be appearing at the Clacton Air Show this summer. Tendring District Council (TDC), organisers of the event, has secured its appearance on Friday, August 23.
The Avro Vulcan, the most recognisable of the V-bombers, made its debut at the air show last year and proved a smash hit with people travelling from far and wide to get a glimpse.
The aircraft appearing at Clacton is the world’s last flying Avro Vulcan.
There had been fears that it would have to stop flying at the end of the year but earlier this month it was announced its future is secure through to the end of 2015 at least.
It is to receive a vital airframe modification that will ensure that she is airworthy for a while longer. The good news was made following extensive research by The Vulcan to the Sky Trust, the charity that operates the aircraft. The charity’s engineering team now believes it can solve the series of complex technical challenges that could have grounded her for good.
The Avro Vulcan was one of the most impressive aircraft of its time and remains so to this day, incorporating many advances in technology and aerodynamics when it was designed in the years after the Second World War. Its requirement was to fly long distances and drop nuclear bombs but the only war it ever took part in was a conventional one in the Falklands.
Alan Goggin, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, said the Vulcan is a major coup for the show “We promised that there was a big announcement to come – and they don’t come much bigger, or louder, than the Vulcan Bomber,” he said. “So many people said we had to get it back after last year’s display and I am delighted the team have pulled it off.”
Further details of other flights, activities and attractions will be unveiled over the coming weeks.
Cllr Goggin added that the addition of the Vulcan has financial implications for the two-day event which takes place on August 22 and 23.
“It would be fantastic if there was a firm or organisation out there which would be willing to sponsor that particular aircraft and I can promise them an excellent package should they wish to do so,” he said.
“We are also very hopeful that the appearance of the Vulcan will persuade people to dig deep and make a contribution when the buckets go round at the show for a donation.”
The Vulcan will be joining the Tutor, Tucano and Sea King helicopter, the world famous Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and Trig Aerobatic team in the programme – and there will be more to come.
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.
Anyone wanting information about sponsorship opportunities, hospitality, or trade space should contact 01255 686683 or 01255 686654.
AIRSHOW NEWS: A worldwide debut and some 1940s nostalgia at the Flying Legends Air Show
The Bremont Horsemen Flight Team performs its worldwide debut Spitfire display at the Flying Legends Air Show 2013
And the nostalgic Vintage Village makes a welcome return!
The Flying Legends Air Show (Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July) sees a welcome return by The Bremont Horsemen Flight Team, best known for their masterful handling of P-51 Mustangs which they flew at Flying Legends in 2009 and 2011.
At this year’s Flying Legends Air Show, The Bremont Horsemen Flight Team presents the worldwide debut of their thrilling new display in a trio of Supermarine Spitfires.
The Bremont Horsemen are Steve Hinton, Dan Friedkin and Ed Shipley, highly-skilled warbird pilots who share a passion for showcasing historic aircraft.
Steve Hinton has been performing at air shows around the world for more than 35 years, flying over 150 types of aircraft. His restoration company, Fighter Rebuilders LLC, has restored more than 40 warbirds to pristine flying condition.
Steve has been President of Planes of Fame Air Museum since 1994. He is a founding member of the Motion Picture Pilots’ Association, a civilian pilot with the USAF Heritage Flight, a world speed record holder, a Reno Air Race champion and has enjoyed more than 7,000 hours flying in Second World War fighter aircraft. Steve was inducted into the EAA Warbird Hall of Fame in 2005 and received the Art Sholl Showmanship Award from the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) in 2010.
Ed Shipley’s air show career began with the Six of Diamonds T-6 Texan formation aerobatic team, where he flew as right wing and lead pilot. He is a founding member of The Horsemen. Ed was a 747 pilot for Atlas Air and has flown at air shows for over 20 years in the T-6 Texan, P-51 Mustang, F-4U4 Corsair and F-86 Sabre.
He has piloted a P-51 Mustang across the Atlantic and flown an F-4U Corsair from a nuclear aircraft carrier. Ed was a board member of the International Council of Air Shows and is currently an ICAS ace evaluator for warbirds and jet aircraft.
Dan Friedkin grew up enraptured by flight. As a young teenager, he began flying gliders and quickly progressed to pilot a variety of tail-wheel aircraft and helicopters.
By the age of 18, Dan was rated in the Lockheed Jetstar. Two years later, he became enthralled with the P-51 Mustang, beginning a life-long fascination with warbirds. Dan flies the T-6 Texan, P-51 Mustang, P38 Lightning, F-86 Sabre, Grumman F6F Hellcat, Grumman F8F Bearcat, F4U-4 Corsair, Hawker Hurricane and various marks of Supermarine Spitfire. He is founder and chairman of the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation and one of nine civilian pilots qualified to fly in formation with US Air Force single-ship demonstration teams.
1940s nostalgia in the Vintage Village
Following the success of the Vintage Village at the Flying Legends Air Show 2012, it makes a welcome return this year in all its bygone charm!
Situated on the historic hangar base next to Wing Co Joe’s Café, the Vintage Village offers a nostalgic destination for rest and relaxation. Enjoy a glass of fizz or two from the stylish Prosecco Bar and watch the world go by in our traditional deckchair seating area.
Enjoy authentic thirties and forties songs, sung in true Andrews Sisters style by The Manhattan Dolls, direct from New York. The Manhattan Dolls have wowed the crowds at Flying Legends over the past two years with their stylish and glamorous performances. Sing along with them as they perform instantly recognisable wartime hits or cut a rug with a jitterbug on the hangar base.
Accompanying The Manhattan Dolls, and playing musical interludes, will be the Wilmslow Concert Band. They will perform swing and big band hits of the thirties and forties for your listening pleasure.
Enjoy a unique living history experience aboard the Home Front Bus. This classic double-decker bus contains detailed reconstructions of a 1940s living room, a wartime shop, a bombed-out street and an air raid shelter. Containing period features and artefacts, the Home Front Bus replicates the sights, sounds and smells of the Home Front, creating an authentic trip back in time.
Also on display in the Vintage Village will be a replica Supermarine Spitfire. Why not complete your day of nostalgia by having your photograph taken next to this iconic British aircraft?
Enhance your vintage experience by pre-ordering an IWM Duxford Picnic Hamper. Soak up the atmosphere in the Vintage Village and sink back into a traditional deckchair as you enjoy a perfect ration-free picnic lunch for two, including a scrumptious red onion and goats cheese tart, homemade bloomer sandwiches, hand-cut crisps, a seasonal salad, mixed olives, a refreshing Pimms summer berry jelly and traditional lemonade, all served in a disposable hamper which includes cutlery, plates and glasses. Forties food never tasted so good!
The IWM Duxford picnic hamper for two costs £26.50. To order, please email email@example.com or call 01223 497 501. Please give a minimum of three days notice for your picnic order. Picnics are then collected from Wing Co Joe’s Café on the day.
Join us for some forties fun in the Vintage Village!
Over 50 historic aircraft are already booked to appear at the Flying Legends Air Show 2013. In addition to the first ever performance by The Bremont Horsemen Spitfire display, there will also a rare chance to see two iconic British Gloster Gladiator aircraft display over IWM Duxford’s historic airfield.
A worldwide following has ensured that the Flying Legends Air Show is the heritage air show event in the aviation calendar. Each of the historic aircraft on display at the Flying Legends Air Show is a living tribute
to the outstanding skills of the people who built, maintained and flew them and to the dedication of those who have brought these stunning aircraft back to life.
The Flying Legends Air Show presents these iconic aircraft in a spectacular display that honours their history and aerial achievements. The flying display promises an unmissable fusion of power, sound, excitement and nostalgia as a series of rare and unique piston-engined aircraft perform their breathtaking flights over the historic airfield at IWM Duxford.
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On Monday 27 May, the Eagle Squadron will carry out a commemorative formation flypast of American Second World War airfields to honour the American airmen who died whilst fighting for their country from British soil.
The Eagle Squadron’s historic Hawker Hurricane X, Supermarine Spitfire Mk I, Republic P-47G Thunderbolt and North American P-51C Mustang Princess Elizabeth will fly alongside B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B in a poignant commemoration of the legendary fighter and bomber aircraft flown by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in England.
Leading the Eagle Squadron and B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B will be two-seater P-51 Mustang Miss Velma, which will be carrying a very special passenger, United States Army Air Forces veteran Clarence ‘Bud’ Anderson. The Eagle Squadron formation takes off from IWM Duxford at approximately 11.48am.
This year, IWM Duxford commemorates the 70th anniversary of the United States Army Air Forces arriving at RAF Duxford. From its arrival at RAF Duxford in April 1943, the 78th Fighter Group flew P-47 Thunderbolts on bomber escort duty, switching to P-51 Mustangs in December 1944.
From IWM Duxford, the Eagle Squadron formation’s first destination is Bassingbourn Barracks, which was home to the USAAF 91st Bomb Group from August 1942 to June 1945. The 91st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses, the most famous of which was the Memphis Belle.
On leaving Bassingbourn, the Eagle Squadron will fly over Cambridge American Cemetery at Madingley, where a memorial ceremony is being held.
The formation then continues to RAF Mildenhall, home to the modern-day United States Air Force in Europe, and from there to Bodney airfield, which was home to the 352nd Fighter Group from May 1943 until V E Day.
From Bodney, the aircraft continue to RAF Snetterton Heath, which was used by the 8th Air Force 96th Bombardment Group from June 1943 until its deactivation in December 1945.
Then onwards to RAF Knettishall, which was built for the 8th Air Force during 1942-1943 with a specification to accommodate heavy bombers. It was home to the 388th Bombardment Group from June 1943 until V E Day.
The next destination is RAF Horham, which was handed over to the 13th Combat Bombardment Wing of the 3rd Bomb Division in 1942. Horham was mostly home to the 95th Bombardment Group (Heavy) which flew B-17 Flying Fortresses in bombing campaigns until V E Day.
From Horham, the Eagle Squadron over flies RAF Thorpe Abbots, which was originally built as a satellite station to RAF Horham.
The 100th Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force arrived at Thorpe Abbots in June 1943. The Group earned the nickname The Bloody Hundredth due to heavy losses incurred during eight missions to Germany. A dozen or more aircraft were lost on a single mission.
The 100th Bombardment Group flew its last mission on 10 April 1945; its 306th combat mission.
The commemorative flight then continues to RAF Halesworth, which was home to the 56th Fighter Group, flying P-47 Thunderbolts, and then to the 489th Bombardment Group (Heavy), flying B-24 Liberators.
From Halesworth, the Eagle Squadron makes its way to RAF Leiston. This will be an emotive experience for veteran Bud Anderson, as he flew his P-51 Mustang Old Crow with the 357th Fighter Group from this airfield. At this point, P-51 Mustang Miss Velma, carrying Bud Anderson, peels away from the formation for a reminiscent return to RAF Leiston.
Following on from Leiston, the Eagle Squadron continues to North Weald airfield, which was home to two American Eagle Squadrons in 1940, flying Supermarine Spitfires.
The Eagle Squadron’s final destination before returning to IWM Duxford is RAF Debden. This airfield was home to RAF Eagle Squadrons which were later formed into the 4th Fighter Group when the USAAF took over the airfield.
On returning to IWM Duxford, the Eagle Squadron will perform a missing man formation and a display before landing.
AIRSHOW NEWS: Iconic “Huey” Vietnam era and Falkland Veteran helicopter to appear at Military and Flying Machines Show
The most iconic helicopter of them all! Military and Flying Machines is extremely proud to announce the attendance of one of only two flying Huey Vietnam Era Helicopters in the UK and making its first ever appearance at the show both as a flying and static display.
The image of American troops disembarking from a Huey has become an iconic image of the Vietnam War, and can be seen in many films, video games and television shows including The Green Berets, Platoon, Hamburger Hill, Apocalypse Now, Casualties of War, and Born on the Fourth of July. It is prominently featured in We Were Soldiers as the main helicopter used by the U.S. Author Robert Mason recounts his career as a UH-1 “Slick” pilot in his memoir, Chickenhawk.
The HU-1A first entered service with the 101st Airborne Division, the Army quickly pressed the new helicopter into operational service and Hueys arrived in Vietnam in March 1962. The Huey has long been a symbol of US involvement in Vietnam, and as a result of that conflict, has become one of the world’s most recognized helicopters.
During service in the Vietnam War, the Huey was used for various purposes and various terms for each task abounded. Hueys tasked with a ground attack or armed escort role were outfitted with rocket launchers, grenade launchers, and machine guns. These gunships were commonly referred to as Frogs or Hogs if they carried rockets, and Cobras or simply Guns if they had guns. Hueys tasked for troop transport were called Slicks due to an absence of weapons pods. Slicks did have door gunners, but were generally employed in the troop transport and medevac roles.
There’s so much more to see and do whilst visiting the Military & Flying Machines 2013 show, our excpectional 2 hour flying schedule, including the awesome B-17 “Sally B”, helicopter pleasure flights, 300+ military vehicles, living history displays, live entertainment, arena activities, including big bangs and even bigger vehicles! Kids’ activities, vintage funfair, refreshments, stalls, meet the veterans – there truly is something for everyone and at great value for money!
For the latest updates on the show visit www.militaryandflyingmachines.org.uk