Throughout 2018, we recorded feature-length airshow documentaries at no fewer than six airshows in Europe and Asia. With our first 2019 films just a few weeks away, now is the perfect time to relive the highlights of last year.
THE ROYAL INTERNATIONAL AIR TATTOO [90 MINUTES]
Where better to start than with a full recap of the Royal International Air Tattoo, the official international celebration of the RAF’s centenary? This film was recorded across six days and features almost every aircraft that flew at the show – as well as several that didn’t. Several displays include cockpit footage.
JERSEY INTERNATIONAL AIR DISPLAY [30 MINUTES] [4K]
Taking a rather different tone is the Jersey International Air Display in the Channel Islands. This show brings together the best of the British and French airshow scenes, with rare displays such as the Nord Noratlas and Dassault Flamant duo taking centre stage. Also look out for the classic jets of the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight.
ZHENGZHOU AIRSHOW [40 MINUTES]
Time next for a trip to China, where some of the world’s best-known civilian aerobatic teams assembled for the Zhengzhou Airshow. As well as dynamic daytime shows by the likes of the Yakovlevs, the show also featured a night display, starring Aerosparx and the Global Stars. This film was recorded across nine days and brings you the best of the action.
WINGS OVER BALTICS [30 MINUTES]
The Baltic Bees Jet Team are of course the stars at their home show, which is set to become a regular event on the European airshow circuit. Also look out for Team Orlik of the Polish Air Force, Scandinavian Airshows’ Catwalk act and a thrilling performance by a Lithuanian Antonov An-2 biplane.
PORTUGAL AIR SUMMIT [20 MINUTES]
One of Portugal’s few airshows, this event saw some extremely dynamic flypasts from the Portuguese Air Force as well as displays by a pair of aerobatic teams flying the Yak-52: Jacob52 and the locally-based Yakstars. GliderFX close the show with Portugal’s first ever pyrotechnic air display.
MIDLANDS AIR FESTIVAL [20 MINUTES]
The inaugural Midlands Air Festival featured an impressive lineup of British civilian airshow acts, from the BAC Strikemaster to the Stampe Formation Flying Team and the UK debut of P-47D Thunderbolt “Nellie”. We also take a quick look at the Nightfire event.