FAIRFORD | The Royal International Air Tattoo will be the last European event to host the Red Arrows before they head on tour to North America.
Defence Minister Mark Lancaster announced today that the Red Arrows will perform at the Gloucestershire show on the 19th-21st July. They will then leave for America at the end of the month after a short period of maintenance and leave for team members.
The tour, called Western Hawk ’19, will see the world-famous team fly at venues across the United States and Canada in August and September this year to promote trade and cooperation with the UK.
No schedule has yet been announced for the tour, although a former Canadian military demonstration pilot said online that the team are all but confirmed for the Canadian International Air Show in Toronto. Red 1 Sqn. Ldr. Martin Pert recently said on Twitter that fans can expect to see the team’s 2019 schedule in early February, but it is not clear whether this referred to the American tour, or just to the team’s European season.
Mr Lancaster MP confirmed that the Typhoon Solo Display and other RAF display teams will remain in the UK for the rest of the airshow season. Their air display participation will be “carefully prioritised to deliverr maximum impact”, he said.
LETHBRIDGE | The Lethbridge Airshow in Alberta, Canada, will be postponed until August 2020, it was announced today.
According to local news website Chat News Today, the decision was taken for a number of reasons, including the passing of board member and long-time volunteer Brent Botfield.
The organising team also said postponing the event would give them more time to secure support from the US and Canadian militaries. As it stood, none of the main US or Canadian military demonstration teams were due to perform at the show.
The show, which was scheduled for the 19th-20th July, will instead be held on the August Heritage Day long weekend. It will celebrate 75 years since the end of WWII.
OSHKOSH | The initial performer list for this year’s AirVenture has been released, with solo aerobatic pilots making up the bulk of the acts so far.
In addition to the already-announced USAF Heritage Flight, acts will include Aeroshell, the The Shetterly Squadron, the Red Bull Air Force, the Rocky Mountain Renegades, Redline Airshows and the Class of ’45.
Among the solo aerobatic pilots listed are Rob Holland, Michael Goulian, Skip Stewart, Patty Wagstaff, Kirby Chambliss and others. Retired solo aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker is also listed; he will be bringing his new Oracle formation team to the show.
More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
The afternoon air shows are scheduled to kick off at 14:30 daily, while the night shows will take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 20:00. The show will be held on the 22nd-28th July.
TRAVERSE CITY | The Thunderbirds will be winging their way to the National Cherry Festival this June, filling an open date in their 2019 schedule.
The team had been due to perform at the Rhode Island Airshow on the weekend of the 29th-30th June. However, the event was cancelled in November because too many troops will be on deployment next June for the base to be able to hold an airshow. The popular event will return in 2020.
The National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, MI, comprises a diverse selection of events designed to attract tourists to visit the blooming cherry blossoms in the area. This includes an airshow over Grand Traverse Bay.
The show will also feature flying displays by the USAF F-22A Raptor and USMC AV-8 Harrier.
LUKE AFB | The USAF’s new F-35A Lightning II Demo Team have been recorded flying an extraordinary pedal turn maneuver as they train for their first airshow season.
It will be the first time the USAF has performed a fully-aerobatic F-35 display, after several years of flying Heritage Flight displays and the occasional mini-demonstration. The only fully-aerobatic F-35 display so far was performed by Lockheed Martin test pilot Billie Flynn at the Paris Airshow 2017.
The latest videos, which are the first to show the jet practicing its display, were uploaded to Instagram by user Patriot Ops. It shows a remarkable sequence of moves, including a high-alpha pass and high-G turn.
Most notably, one video shows the F-35 pitch up into half of a square loop before descending out of the maneuver in what appears to be a pedal turn – a dramatic spin-like manoeuvre that shows the jet’s rudder priority and excellent turn rate at low speed.
The F-35A Demo Team will make their airshow debut at the Melbourne Air & Space Show, FL, on the 30th-31st March this year. They will perform at 13 shows in the USA this year and one in Canada.
WASHINGTON | A huge flyover of nearly 100 vintage warbirds will thunder over Washington DC to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.
The event, scheduled for the 8th May 2020, will comprise 24 individual formations, each representing a major battle from the conflict. This will include aircraft from the Battle of Britain through to those which featured in the attack on Pearl Harbor. The flypast will conclude with a missing man formation.
Aircraft expected to participate include the P-40 Warhawk, P-39 Aircobra, P-38 Lightning, P-51 Mustang, P-47 Thunderbold, F4U Corsair, B-25 Mitchell, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-29 Stratofortress, C-47 Dakota, Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane and many others.
Many of the participating aircraft will appear on static display at Culpeper and and Manassas airports on the days preceding and following the flyover.
In 2015, more than two-dozen planes participated in a similar flypast to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the conflict.