DUXFORD | An all-new airshow will be held at the Imperial War Museum Duxford this June, as the Historic Aircraft Collection host the latest addition to the UK airshow calendar.
Photo: Roy Gore
The event, scheduled for Saturday 22nd June, will see all the Historic Aircraft Collection’s planes take to the sky, as well as a small number of visiting aircraft. This will include the newly-restored Airco DH.9, taking part in its first public flying display.
According to the Vintage Aviation Echo, the DH.9 will be joined by its relative, the Shuttleworth Collection’s DH.51 will join the lineup, as will its Dragon Rapide. They also report that Roy Palmer’s SE5a will make its airshow debut at the event.
Duxford-based aircraft officially confirmed for the show include the Spitfire Mk.Vb, Hurricane Mk.XIIa, Hawker Nimrod II, Hawker Fury and Fokker DR.I.
Tickets cost £19.50 and can only be brought through the IWM website. Parking costs a further £5.00 per vehicle. The event will begin at 18:30.
Three of the USAF’s acclaimed solo demonstration teams have announced sweeping updates to their display schedules.
The announcements began in the past few days with the F-35A Demo Team adding EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh to their schedule. More recently, the A-10 Demo Team did likewise, cancelling its performance at Grand Junction to attend AirVenture and the Miwaukee Air & Water Show.
It looked briefly as though all four demo teams would be attending AirVenture (albeit limited to “mini-demonstrations” due to the small size of the aerobatic box at Oshkosh) until the F-16C Viper Demo Team announced their own schedule update, dropping AirVenture from the list. Milwaukee was also removed.
Several shows were added, however, including Grand Junction (replacing the A-10), the Chicago Air & Water Show and Wings Over North Georgia in Rome. The team will also perform a Heritage Flight at the Indy 500 on the 26th May.
Most notably, though, the Viper Demo Team have added the Royal International Air Tattoo in the UK. They are the first display act from outside Europe and the Middle East on the flying display lineup this year.
DALTON BARRACKS | The organisers of the Abingdon Air & Country Show are dropping the flying display from future events, according to a statement released today.
Citing a combination of increasing costs, tightened regulations and new insurance rules, Neil Porter has confirmed the event will not feature a flying display next year to help “keep the show on the rails”.
He said: “To preserve the show and keep it running for the next ten years or more for the community, I am just eradicating the flying displays to cut the costs associated with that by half.”
The 20th Abingdon Air & Country Show took place on Sunday 5th May, with the flying display featuring types such as the RAF Tucano, P-47D Thunderbolt and Beech 18. Around 50 aircraft participated in a fly-in and static display.
However, the event was dogged by new regulations which came into force in February, forcing all display aircraft to upgrade their insurance cover to £50 million – an unattainable figure for some acts.
The show’s new format will see the event move back to the western side of the runway and re-instate popular features such as tank rides. The organisers are also promising to keep the aviation side of the show alive by doubling or tripling the number of aircraft participating in the fly-in. This will include classic aircraft and modern military planes.
There will also be pleasure flights – including backseat rides in warbirds – and other attractions such as hot air balloons, flypasts and possibly a helicopter show.
“So, thank you all for the last 20 years, and here is to the next 10 years or more in a new more affordable format,” said Mr Porter.
YEOVILTON | The RAF’s latest multirole fighter’s first airshow appearance of 2019 has been confirmed, with the jet set to fly at the Royal Navy International Air Day at Yeovilton.
The jet will be making two flypasts – one slow and one fast – likely in a similar style to the jet’s appearance at the Royal International Air Tattoo last year. The display is particularly symbolic as the jets are to be operated jointly by the RAF and the Royal Navy.
The aircraft will be in the flying display only, but a full-size model will be parked up in the static display.
The first British F-35s arrived in the UK last summer and have flown at just one airshow since, but today’s announcement is a good sign that more airshows could get a brief appearance from the Lightning in the coming year.
The Royal Navy International Air Day will be held at RNAS Yeovilton on Saturday 13th July.
Devon’s two major seafront airshows have published their flying display lineups for 2019 just days after their RAF display allocations were revealed.
The Torbay Airshow, one of the first major airshows of the season, confirmed that it will host the Typhoon FGR.4, Tucano T.1, Chinook HC.6, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Red Arrows from the Royal Air Force, with the latter team making their 2019 debut at the show. The Tucano T.1 will be performing at Torbay for the first time – and likely also the final time, with the type due to retire from RAF service later this year.
Additionally, the Torbay Airshow will include the Royal Navy Black Cats, the Tigers parachute team and a quartet of civilian acts: the BAC Strikemaster, Pitts Special, the FireFlies Display Team and The Blades will all be taking to the sky on the 1st-2nd June.
The Blades will also be performing at the brand new airshow at Teignmouth on the 6th July. They will be joined by a Yakovlev Yak-3 and a Pitts Special. The Royal Air Force will contribute a Spitfire from the BBMF and a Typhoon FGR.4.
Unfortunately, the show organisers had to turn down the RAF Falcons parachute team as they were unable to provide a suitable landing area.
The airshow organisers have promised to increase their lineup if funding allows.
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The team was announced in a breathtaking trailer video on Facebook earlier today and will go by the name “Ultimate Fighters”. The display has been put together by Ultimate Warbird Flights, a supplier of warbird experience flights and aerial displays.
From the the video, it appears the aircraft involved will be P-47D Thunderbolt “Nellie”, Supermarine Spitfire T.IX ML407, TF-51D Mustang “Contrary Mary” and ME109 Buchon “Red 11”. Ultimate Warbird Flights said on Facebook that more information on the team will follow.
SWANSEA | The Wales Airshow in Swansea will feature a dusk air display for the first time as the city celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Organisers announced today that the first day of the show – Saturday 6th July – will feature an ‘Airshow After Dark’ and concert, starting at 20:30 after the main afternoon aerial display.
Confirmed for the show are the two-ship Fireflies team, flying two Vans RV-4s, and the Tigers parachute team of the British Army. Both displays will use pyrotechnics. There will also be a hot air balloon night glow from balloons tethered along the length of the beach.
Visitors will also enjoy a concert featuring music from 1969.
Swansea celebrates its 50th anniversary on the 3rd July, just a few days before the Wales Airshow. The event is Wales’ largest airshow, regularly attracting over 200,000 spectators, and will be the only show in Wales hosting the Red Arrows and dusk display acts this year.
The two aerobatic teams of the Polish Air Force have released their display dates for 2019. The announcement comes as uncertainty continues as to the status of some of Poland’s much-acclaimed solo displays.
Photo: James Connolly
Team Orlik, who fly a varying number of PZL-130 Orlik turboprop trainers, will be the only team to leave Poland this year. They will also perform heritage displays at two shows with a mixed formation of Orliks and T-6 Harvards. Flypasts and static appearances are not included in this schedule
AEROS Airshow, Maribor, Slovenia
Turku Airshow, Turku, Finland
Festival Aéreo de Motril, Granada, Spain
Estonian Air Force 100th anniversary, Arari, Estonia
Wings Over Baltics, Jurmala, Latvia
AeroBaltic, Gdynia, Poland
Meeting International de la Somme, Albert – Picardie, France
AirPower, Zeltweg, Austria
Athens Flying Week, Tanagra, Greece
Team Iskry, the country’s sole jet aerobatic team, fly six TS-11 Iskra jets. They will not be leaving Poland this year. We have not included flypasts in this schedule
Piknik Smoglowcowy, Inowroclaw, Poland
Podkarpackie Pokazy Lotnicze, Turbia, Poland
Swidnik Air Festival, Swidnik, Poland
Centenary of Polskiego Aeroclub, Rzeszow Jasionka, Poland
FAIRFORD | The Ukrainian Air Force will contribute a trio of aircraft to the Air Tattoo for the third year running.
Taking to the air once again will be a Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker, which flew to much acclaim at the previous two shows, including an award-winning performance in 2017. The display comes from the 831st Tactical Aviation Brigade.