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AIRSHOW NEWS: Legendary bombers at The Duxford Air Show – Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September

We are delighted to announce that the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Avro Lancaster Mk X will fly in tandem with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster at The Duxford Air Show on Sunday 14 September; a truly historicmoment.
Probably themost famous Allied bomber of the Second World War, the Avro Lancaster had impressive flying characteristics and operational performance.

Thousands of Canadian airmen and ground crew served with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and Royal Air Force (RAF)Lancaster squadrons in England during the Second World War. By late 1944, the Canadian No.6 Group of Bomber Command operated 13 squadrons of Lancasters.

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Lancaster Mk X was built at Victory Aircraft, Malton, Ontario, Canada in July 1945 and was later converted to a RCAF 10MR configuration. In 1952, it suffered a serious accident and received a replacement wing from a Lancaster that had flown in combat over Germany.

It served as amaritime patrol aircraft with No.405 Squadron, Greenwood, Nova Scotia and No.107 Rescue Unit, Torbay, Newfoundland formany years. The aircraft was retired fromthe Royal Canadian Air Force in late 1963.

Following complete restoration, the Lancaster flew again on 24 September 1988. It is dedicated to Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski and is painted in the colours of his aircraft KB726-VR-A, which flew with the Royal Canadian Air Force No.419 (Moose) Squadron.

Andrew Mynarski won the Victoria Cross on 13 June 1944, when his Lancaster was shot down in flames by a German night fighter. As the bomber fell, he attempted to free the tail gunner trapped in the rear turret of the blazing and out-of-control aircraft. The tail gunner miraculously survived the crash and lived to tell the story, but sadly Andrew Mynarski died fromhis severe burns.

Flying in tandem with the Canadian Warplane Heritage MuseumLancaster is the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Avro Lancaster PA474, the only other remaining airworthy Lancaster in the world today.

Lancaster PA474 rolled off the production line at the Vickers Armstrong Broughton factory at Hawarden airfield, Chester on 31 May 1945, after the war in Europe came to an end. It was prepared for use against the Japanese as part of the ‘Tiger Force’. However, the war in the Far East ended before the aircraft could be deployed and it did not take part in hostilities. It was assigned to aerial survey duties with No.82 Squadron in East and South Africa from September 1948 to February 1952.

In 1964, PA474 was adopted by the RAF Air Historical Branch and, during this period, took part in two films, Operation Crossbow and The Guns of Navarone. Permission to fly PA474 regularly was granted in 1967 and the Lancaster underwent an extensive restoration. The Lancaster joined the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in November 1973 and restoration work on the aircraft has continued ever since.

The Lancaster is currently painted to represent Lancaster DV385 Thumper Mk III of No.617 Squadron, famously known as The Dambusters. Thumper was one of the brand-new standard Lancasters issued to the squadron after the Dams Raid in 1943. Formany of the aircraft’s operations it was flown by a crew led by pilot Bob Knights. Many of Bob’s crew had nearly reached a total of 30 operations, which would mean some rest and recuperation. The crew decided that they were safer together and so volunteered for a second operational tour, this time flying Lancaster DV385.

In total, Bob Knights flew 41 ‘ops’ with No.617 Squadron, 29 of themin Thumper Mk III, and many of them amongst the unit’smost challenging precision bombing operations. He also took part in all three Lancaster raids against the Tirpitz. In December 1944, after flying an official total of 67 bombing raids, Bob was rested. In January 1945, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. During his time with 617 Squadron, eight of the unit’s Lancasters failed to return fromoperations and another had been lost in an accident. 32 of his fellow aircrew had been killed and more had been injured or became prisoners of war.

Also from the Avro stable of aircraft, Vulcan XH558, operated by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, will fly at The Duxford Air Show on Saturday 13 September.

XH588 was the first Vulcan B Mark 2 to be delivered to the RAF and was the last Vulcan to leave RAF service after a sterling 33 years in service. It is now the oldest complete Vulcan in the world. The aircraft’s final flight was on 23 March 1993 to Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome in Leicestershire, having been sold by the Ministry of Defence to C Walton Ltd, a family firmwho purchased and maintained the aircraft with the aspiration that itmight fly again.

In 1997, a small team, headed by Dr Robert Pleming, started to put together a plan to return the Vulcan to flight. In 1998, Marshall of Cambridge Aerospace was identified as having the skills, capabilities, quality control and experience in one-off aircraft projects to undertake the Vulcan restoration project.

On 31 August 2006, XH558 rolled out of the hangar for the first time in seven years and has been thrilling air show visitors ever since.

B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B is well-known and loved by visitors to IWMDuxford. The UK’s last remaining airworthy B-17, the aircraft is a flying memorial to the 79,000 Allied airmen who lost their lives in Europe during the Second World War.

Built as Boeing B-17G-105-VE c/n 8693, the future Sally B was one of the last B-17s to be constructed by the Lockheed-Vega plant at Burbank, California. Accepted by the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) on 19 June 1945 it was too late to see service in the Second World War.

Converted for training purposes, it was based at Wright Field, Ohio from November 1945.

It was used for a variety of research roles before being purchased by the Institut Geographique National in November 1954.

Sally B was brought to Britain and to IWM Duxford in 1975 and has been permanently based at the museum for almost 40 years under the ownership and care of the B-17 Preservation Trust. Sally B has starred in many films and television productions including Memphis Belle, Black Book and Bomber Crew.

See these and many more iconic aircraft take to the skies at The Duxford Air Show on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 2014.

Air show tickets and hospitality passes can be purchased online at iwm.org.uk
The recommended last booking date for overseas postal delivery is Friday 29 August.
The off-sale date (and last date for UK postal delivery) is Tuesday 2 September.
Purchase your tickets in advance and receive one free child ticket with every adult ticket purchased.

You’ll also enjoy 10% off ‘on the day’ ticket prices.

Advance ticket prices:
Adult (16 or over) £24.75
Child (5 to 15 years) £16.30
Disabled £16.30

AIRSHOW NEWS: Historic Formation Announced at Wings & Wheels Press Launch

Dunsfold WIngs and Wheels D-Day Salute Flypast

The Wings & Wheels press launch got off to a sunny start today (12th August 2014) as the Aerodrome’s resident DC3 took to the skies with the Old Flying Machine Company’s P-51 Mustang to kick off the 10 day count down to the Show.

Well known for adding a little extra magic in the air with some memorable and unusual formation displays, Wings & wheels confirmed that a very special tribute is planned to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Eight aircraft from the Second World War will grace the skies above the Aerodrome in a two section flypast. Section one will comprise of the Old Flying Machine Company’s Spitfire and Mustang, Aces High Dakota DC3 and the RNAFHF B25 Mitchell. With a separation, section two will be formed by the Canadian Lancaster and BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane in section two.

All these aircraft have history with Dunsfold Aerodrome as well as having played vital roles in the Second World War and will display on both days.

Jamie McAllister, Event Director comments: “We have been able to pull off some spectacular formation displays over the years including last year’s collaboration between the Swordfish, Sea Fury and Wingwalkers. For our 10th birthday and the 70th anniversary of D-Day the team have put together something people will never see in the air together again. It will be an emotional and fitting tribute.”

Brooklands Museum had an assortment of vintage vehicles including the1907 Berliet-Curtiss Racer and more modern GT40’s and Jaguars. Surrey based modified car club South Evolution took to the track in Minis, Mazdas and a 2 litre Mitsubishi Eclipse, a replica of the car Paul Walker drove in the very first Fast and Furious movie.

Wings & Wheels was also delighted to announce the Brooklands Museum VC10 will be open for public tours over the Show weekend and gave press a sneak peek.

Robin Voice, Brooklands Museum VC10 Project Manager comments: “We are looking forward to opening the VC10 to the public at Wings & Wheels. The team of volunteers have worked hard to keep the aircraft in running order so it’s vital we continue to raise awareness of our work through the tours. The tours will not only give visitors a fascinating insight into the VC10, but help us with our fundraising efforts.”

Tours will be limited and available to pre-book over the weekend on a first come first serve basis. A donation of £2 per person is suggested and will go towards the on-going restoration of the aircraft.

The 10th annual Wings & Wheels will be held over the August Bank holiday weekend; Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th August 2014, at Dunsfold Park near Guildford, Surrey, and is open to spectators from 09:00 until 21:00.

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 £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: Canadian Lancaster Begins Transatlantic Flight Prior to UK’s First Formation Display in 50 Years at Eastbourne Airshow

With Eastbourne Airshow just a couple of weeks away, the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster bomber is set to begin its long journey back to the UK this Tuesday.

The Mynarski Memorial Lancaster bomber, which makes its return to England for the first time since WWII, will display first over Eastbourne with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which features the only other airworthy Lancaster in the world.

Re-united as a special salute to veterans of Bomber Command, the reunion over Eastbourne will make them the first Lancaster bombers to display in formation over Britain in 50 years!

Named after Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski, the Canadian Lancaster was so called after the airman won a posthumous Victorian Cross for his attempts to save a tail gunner from a blazing plane over France just a week after D-Day. Mynarski sadly died but tail gunner Pat Brophy miraculously survived.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and Sports services, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said “We are very excited to see the two Lancaster’s reunite for the first time in 50 years at our airshow. This will be a fantastic tribute to Bomber Command and with just a few days to go before it makes it’s journey from Canada, we hope fans will enjoy the excitement of the build up to this awesome event!”

Eastbourne will be the first UK airshow to see the momentous occasion at 2.59pm on Thursday 14 August. After the spectacular display with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, several trained Lancaster pilots and crew from the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster bomber will be on hand to talk to the crowds at the show.

The Canadian Lancaster bomber will display in formation with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane at 2.59pm on Thursday, 3pm on Friday, 3.05pm on Saturday and 12.57pm on Sunday.

Shadow Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure & Sports Services, Cllr Phillip Ede said “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the two Lancasters together at our free airshow. We are delighted to welcome this historic aircraft, along with the Red Arrows during their 50th anniversary year, along with many other fantastic display teams.”

The bomber is due to fly out from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Ontario, Canada at 10am on Tuesday 5th August, on the first leg of its four day transatlantic trip. Stopping off in Goose Bay, Greenland and Iceland en route, it will continue its journey to RAF Coningsby where it will join the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for a period of scheduled maintenance and training.

Eastbourne will be the first airshow on a two month tour to see both Lancasters display together for the first time in 50 years and VisitEastbourne will be following the momentous journey with daily updates on Facebook/AirbourneEastbourne and Twitter @Eb_Airshow as well as on www.eastbourneairshow.com

Airbourne takes place on Eastbourne seafront from 14 – 17 August and entry is free. The event opens from 10am each day with music and entertainment on stage until 7.30pm each evening and an end of show party on Sunday, culminating in a special Red Arrows 50th anniversary themed fireworks display at 10pm.

AIRSHOW NEWS: RAF’s First Jet Powered bomber set to display at Wings & Wheels

RAF’s First Jet Powered bomber set to display at Wings & Wheels

The world’s only air-worthy Canberra PR9 will be celebrating its 65th anniversary and displaying at Wings & Wheels for the first time on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August as part of the Midair Squadron’s display.

The Midair Squadron’s Canberra XH134 has been restored with an authentic paint scheme which represents the markings worn when the type entered service. Visitors will get to view its all-over silver paint scheme, complete with tri-colour roundels, fin-flash and large black ‘XH134’ markings under each wing, as it displays both days at the Aerodrome in Surrey.

Jamie McAllister, Event Director comments: “We are thrilled to confirm the Canberra XH134’s participation at Wings & Wheels. It is the first time we have welcomed the jet to Dunsfold and look forward to the team demonstrating its phenomenal jet power to our visiting crowds.”

The Canberra entered service with the RAF in 1951 as its first jet powered bomber. It was unarmed and relied on highspeed to escape enemy fighters. During its first ten years of service, the Canberra broke nineteen flight records and three altitude records including winning the London to New Zealand Air Race in 1953 with a world speed record and the first jet flight over the North Pole in 1954.

The Canberra is believed to be the world’s longest serving bomber and most recently provided support during conflicts in the Balkans and Middle East. And, because of its ability to fly at nearly 60,000 ft., it was also used for clandestine photo reconnaissance work during the Cold War. The ‘English Electric’ Canberra was sold to air forces all over the world and a total 1,347 were built. The aircraft retired from active duty in 2006.

Visitors to Wings & Wheels can also enjoy the world famous Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane), Vulcan, Chinook, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s (CWHM) prized Avro Lancaster and a host of other modern and historic aircraft during the five 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 two 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 to display at RNAS Culdrose Air Day alongside Hunter WV372

Image © Paul Johnson

The world’s only airworthy Canberra PR9 (XH134), along with her display partner Hunter XL577, will be joined by Hunter WV372 in a unique display at the RNAS Culdrose Air Day tomorrow, Thursday 31st July 2014.

Marking a new phase in the development of the Midair Squadron, this display will give the Cornwall crowds a taste of what is to come in the much-anticipated three ship display of the Midair Squadron.

Midair Squadron owner, Mike Davis, comments: “To fly the Midair Squadron alongside WV372 is a brilliant insight into the highly awaited and inimitable display formation on the air show circuit. Our second Hunter, XL600, continues to go through a thorough maintenance programme, and due to the unprecedented booking schedule for the Squadron’s Canberra and Hunter, it has taken slightly longer than initially projected. The sight of all three liveried Midair Squadron aircraft will be a spectacular sight and XL600 will be flown in formation shortly.”

The next scheduled display of the Midair Squadron will be next week at Festival of Flight, in Newcastle, Northern Ireland, where the Canberra and her counterparts will also overfly the Ulster Aviation Society’s collection, featuring XH134’s sister, at Long Kesh.

AIRSHOW NEWS: More Aircraft added to Shoreham Airshow display line-up

Image © John Dibbs

The countdown to this year’s 25th Anniversary Shoreham Airshow continues and our Flying Display Director Rod Dean has once again been busy behind the scenes adding more aircraft to the already spectacular line-up.

On Saturday August 30th the Avro Vulcan B2 XH558 will be appearing. This wonderful aircraft will once again grace the skies of Shoreham. “The backdrop of the Sussex Downs and Lancing College make Shoreham just that bit different compared with many other Airshows. Please note it will only be flying on the Saturday. Vulcan to the Sky Trust is limiting flying time this year so that this wonderful aircraft can extend its life span,” said Rod.

“The media attention that we have the world’s only two flying Lancaster’s has been the icing on the cake resulting in national and international interest with visitors applying for tickets from as far afield as Japan and Australia.”

Rod went on to say,” Another new item will be the US Navy Scenario featuring the Grumman Hellcat , Chance Vought Corsair, Grumman Bearcat and the Douglas Skyraider. These four aircraft will provide a formation and individual display demonstrating the power of these historic USN aircraft. They have a long and respected history in the wars of the Pacific, Korean war and Vietnam.”

The B-25 from the Royal Netherlands Historic flight will be flying with the popular B-17 Sally B. The Shoreham venue suits both these aircraft well giving visitors the opportunity to see the B-25 close up, which will base at Shoreham.

The popular Airfield Attack and Scramble will take on a different theme this year linked to D Day; a lot of surprises are in store with some different aircraft joining in. Also the Great War Display team will be flying 9 aircraft showing how aerial combat has changed over both wars.

Derek Harber, Shoreham’s Airshow Organiser has been delighted with the response to this year’s Airshow. “The Officer Commanding RAF Coningsby, Group Captain Johnny Stringer has agreed to be our Patron this year, and will be attending. It is a fitting tribute, as both the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and RAF Typhoon Display Team are based at this historic Lincolnshire Airfield.”

To include all the participating aircraft in the media release would be a mammoth task, with over 50 aircraft participating in a six hour flying display. Our website www.shorehamairshow.co.uk contains a full list and is updated on a regular basis. Many of the aircraft flying need a lot of ‘Tender Loving Care’ and all participation is subject to their serviceability, which is out of our control!

Press officer John Periam said. “In discussions with relevant parties, at other Airshows, there is no doubt that Shoreham is going to be very different this year. We already can tell this by the sale of advance tickets, and the interest shown by the many traders that exhibit at Shoreham. It is a real family day out with lots to see and do, including a craft tent, fun fair, vintage vehicles as well as large static aircraft display were one can meet the pilots and the lookalikes.”

25 years is a milestone”, added Derek Harber. “From humble beginnings we have now become one of the most respected aviation events in the UK, as well as one of the pilot’s favourites. The team behind it should all be proud of what they have achieved, whilst providing an enormous amount of funding to the Royal Air Forces Association.”

The ticket hotline is now open 01903 282360 and over 90 ticket outlets in Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey (see adverts in regional press) are selling direct.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Bournemouth Air Festival takes flight

Image © Paul Johnson

The 2014 Bournemouth Air Festival, supported by Mouchel and City Fibre, has confirmed the line up of this summer’s magnificent aircraft – from historic flying machines, jets and display teams to sparkling dusk displays and parachute teams, there’s something for everyone. This year organisers have developed Night Air, sponsored by Corona, and are welcoming a number of new aircraft to the Festival including the much anticipated Canadian Lancaster, displaying at the weekend with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and the Mid Air Squadron Canberra XH134.

In 1951 the Canberra joined the RAF as the first jet powered bomber. Believed to be the world’s longest serving bomber, the aircraft retired from active duty in 2006, now fully restored it is the only air-worthy Canberra of its type in the world.

Owner Mike Davis commented; Owner Mike Davis commented; “The Midair Squadron is an expertly managed passion and we’re really looking forward to bringing an aura of classic elegance to the skies of Bournemouth!”

Headlining the aviation action are the Red Arrows – representing the incredible speed, agility and precision of the Royal Air Force they will be displaying on all 4-days, Thursday at 1515, Friday 1500, Saturday 1635 and Sunday 1210. The RAF will also be displaying the Eurofighter Typhoon (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and Tutor and Tucano training aircraft. The much anticipated weekend display will undoubtedly be when the world’s last two airworthy Lancaster bombers take centre stage the breathtaking Canadian Lancaster with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – in a meeting unlikely to happen ever again this is a must see for everyone.

There will be a host of Armed Forces helicopters taking to the skies with performances from The Royal Navy Merlin and for the first time a Lynx and Wildcat pairing; watch out for the Army Lynx and RAF Chinook, both flying every day.

Bournemouth favourite the Miss Demeanour soars to the Festival on Friday and Saturday and back to impress with magnificent grace Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the Flying Fortress SallyB. The recently announced Avro Vulcan displays Saturday.

This year the fantastic daytime air display program is complemented by a longer dusk display starting at 7.15pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. New for this year’s Night Air line-up are the Blades performing a sunset display Friday and Saturday night (and Sunday daytime). Sponsored by the Miramar Hotel O’Briens Flying Circus and the Twister Duo will set the skies alight and The Red Devils Parachute Team, sponsored by the Patrons 100 Club, finishes the evening line up.

Jon Weaver, Air Festival Director added; “This year’s line-up is really ambitious, it’s got Festival favourites, Force and civilian teams, fast jets, loud aircraft, display teams and a sprinkle of dusk pyrotechnics. That’s not forgetting everything that’s happening on the ground, at sea and in the evening!”

For more information visit bournemouthair.co.uk, follow the Festival Facebook page bournemouthairfestival or follow the team on Twitter @bmthairfest.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Surprise aircraft announced for the Flying Legends Air Show

Over 50 historic aircraft, from across the world, to display at this world-famous air show

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July 2014

The Fighter Collection is delighted to announce a surprise addition to the flying participation for the Flying Legends Air Show 2014.

The Planes of Fame Boeing P-26 Peashooter will cross the Atlantic to display at the Flying Legends Air Show; the only opportunity to see this unique aircraft in action in 2014. You can see the aircraft up-close on the flight line walk before watching it perform a stunning solo display during the afternoon’s flying programme.

The Boeing P-26 Peashooter was the first all-metal US Army fighter monoplane. 151 aircraft were built from 1932 to 1936. They first saw combat with the Chinese Nationalist Air Force on 15 August 1937. On this day, eight P-26 Peashooters engaged 20 Japanese Claude bombers and scored two victories without loss.

One of a group of P-26s, turned over to the Philippine Army in late 1941, was amongst the first Allied fighters to down a Japanese aircraft in the Second World War.

This P-26 Peashooter, the only airworthy example in the world, was acquired by Ed Maloney, Founder of the Planes of Fame Air Museum, in 1955. It resides at the museum in Chino, California.

Over 50 aircraft will take part in this year’s Flying Legends Air Show, including four rare Mark I Spitfires amongst a total of 12 Spitfires taking to the skies.

The Flying Bulls return with their superb Lockheed P-38 Lightning, North American B-25 Mitchell and Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair. There is also a rare chance to see the Breitling Super Constellation in the UK. This sleek post-war passenger aircraft will be open for visitors to clamber aboard and explore before it takes to the skies for a thrilling flying display.

The Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin Stifung Foundation flies its Junkers Ju-52 to the Flying Legends Air Show from Germany; French-based Amicale Jean Baptiste SALIS presents its Junkers Ju-52; and Dakota Norway returns to the Flying Legends Air Show with its Douglas C-53D-DO Dakota.

The Fighter Collection presents its entire collection of historic aircraft at this year’s Flying Legends Air Show, including a rare Hawker Nimrod Mark I and a Gloster Gladiator, the last biplane fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force.

For a full flying participation list, go to www.fighter-collection.com and www.flyinglegends.com.

The Flying Legends Air Show has a unique nostalgic wartime atmosphere.

In the Vintage Village, enjoy live music from The Manhattan Dolls, who’ll be jetting in from New York to thrill the crowds with evocative 1940s songs, and also from the Winslow Concert Band, who’ll be performing wartime Swing and Big Band numbers.

You can also climb aboard the Home Front Bus, have a vintage hair and make-up transformation and sit in a replica Spitfire. Laurel and Hardy will be creating havoc in the Vintage Village with their slapstick comedy.

Meet Ops 1939-45, who represent Battle of Britain-era RAF pilots and ground crew with uncanny accuracy. They’ll be chatting to visitors in their dispersal point display as they await the call to scramble.

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 from 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.

In the American Air Museum, meet Boeing B-29 Superfortress pilot Paul Maupin, who will be hosting walk-around tours of our B-29 Superfortress on Saturday and Sunday at 10am, 11am and noon.

Following a career as a Chief Pilot and Aviation Department Manager for a large financial company in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, Paul is now a co-pilot for the Commemorative Air Forces, flying the Boeing B-29 Superfortress and the Boeing B-24 Liberator. At the Flying Legends Air Show, he’ll be chatting to visitors about flying these iconic aircraft.

Paul says: “Flying the B-29 is a privilege. I think about the responsibility I have before each flight. The plane has no boosted controls, and is physically demanding to fly. The view out the front requires some getting used to. However, after a little practice, the plane is just fun to fly! She is a grand lady!”

Join us for the world-famous Flying Legends Air Show; a unique air show experience.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Sea Vixen boosts Air Day Carrier celebrations

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The world’s only flying de Havilland Sea Vixen post-war naval strike fighter will be a special part of RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2014′s ‘Carrier Aviation’ theme. Its appearance in this year’s flying display will be one of the most eagerly anticipated performances in recent years.

Closely following HMS Queen Elizabeth’s 4 July naming ceremony, Air Day 2014 celebrates the role played by airborne assets deployed at sea since aviation’s inception. The Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers will redefine this capability when, from 2017 onwards, they start to enter service but, more than 50 years ago, it was the mighty Sea Vixen which spearheaded the Royal Navy’s sea-deployed airpower.

An all-weather fleet air defence fighter, the twin-engine, twin-boomed de Havilland Sea Vixen entered Royal Navy service in 1959. It was the biggest and heaviest British designed type to operate from aircraft carriers but, now, the uniquely airworthy Sea Vixen FAW2 XP924 is the largest and weightiest classic jet fighter flying anywhere in Europe.

Image © Paul Johnson

Restored to flight in the late-1990s, with its futuristic lines and thunderous displays, the aircraft has been thrilling Air Day’s audiences for many years, recalling the times when Sea Vixens were based at RNAS Yeovilton. XP924 currently wears the colours of 899 Naval Air Squadron, replicating its exact look when it was based here during its former Fleet Air Arm service days.

Tickets for Air Day can be booked online at www.royalnavy.mod.uk/yeovilton-airday at the discounted advance rates or by calling 08445 781 781.

 

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AIRSHOW NEWS: Two Lancaster Bombers To Fly at Clacton Air Show For The Very First Time

The only two remaining airworthy Lancaster bombers in the world are due to take to the skies over Clacton for the very first time.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) has once again signed up for both days of the event on August 21 and 22.

The BBMF Lancaster is to be joined by the prized Avro Lancaster owned by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM), which has been kept airborne by a $500,000 fundraising drive.

Now with its engines overhauled it will be appearing at a number of displays and activities in the UK during a month long visit to the country in August, including Clacton.

Mark Platt, TDC’s Cabinet member for Culture, Tourism, Events and Leisure Services, said it is a major coup for the show.

“To see two Lancasters flying together over our town will be an amazing sight to behold and I am sure it will pull in even more visitors this year,” he said.

“It will be a rare opportunity to witness the only two airworthy Lancasters in action and I can’t wait.

“Being a qualified pilot myself with a big interest in aircraft it will be an incredible experience not to be missed.”

The Canadian Lancaster is the jewel in the crown of the CWHM’s aircraft and it was only revealed earlier this month that it was all systems go for it to come over to the UK this summer.

“We had to wait for the final green light before we could make this announcement and it will be a memorable addition to our programme this year,” added Cllr Platt.

It has already been announced that the Clacton Air Show has secured the Red Arrows, one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams on Friday August 22.

It is a significant achievement to have the team back as they are in great demand in their 50th display season.

The Red Arrows have been appearing at the Clacton Air Show for more than 20 years now.

Another aircraft definitely making it to Clacton is the Tucano and further announcements about the programme are due to be made by the air show team over the coming months.

Clacton will once again be the only seaside East Coast event of its kind as attempts to get Lowestoft and Southend off the ground again have met with failure.

Hopefully fans that would previously go to those shows in the past will be tempted to come along to Clacton as they did last year.

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.

Last year it attracted around 140,000 people over the two days.

Due to hard work and careful budgeting the event is getting to a point where it is close to breaking even and is sustainable.

Anyone wanting information about sponsorship opportunities, hospitality, or trade space should contact 01255 686683 or 01255 686654.

 

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