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Muroya makes it two from two with blistering Kazan triumph

KAZAN | The Japanese ace Yoshi Muroya has tightened his grip on the Red Bull Air Race title race with a second consecutive victory.

Muroya, the 2017 world champion, had been unstoppable all week, winning all three Free Practice sessions, coming fourth in Qualifying and beating Matt Hall for the win by two tenths of a second. Martin Sonka came third.

The French pilots also performed strongly: Mika Brageot won qualifying with a track record but had to settle for eight overall after a penalty-ridden Round of 8 performance against Muroya. Francois Le Vot, who came third in Qualifying and fourth on race day, enjoyed his best result since 2016.

Ben Murphy of the UK had a weekend to remember as well, drawn against Yoshi Muroya in the Round of 14 but progressing as fastest loser. He had to face Martin Sonka in the Round of 8, but was again the fastest loser of the round and finished in fifth.

2016 world champion Matthias Dolderer was left lamenting his Qualifying performance as he was forced to sit out of the race – a major pylon hit in the chicane during Qualifying had caused serious damage to his plane and he had to settle for fourteenth.

The Red Bull Air Race moves to the third and penultimate race of the season in Hungary next month.

RACE RESULTS

Race finish Pilot Country Race points Final time Penalties Quali finish
1 Yoshi MUROYA JPN 25 1:03.496 4
2 Matt HALL AUS 22 1:03.681 9
3 Martin SONKA CZE 20 1:04.238 2
4 Francois LE VOT FRA 18 1:08.542 +4 3
5 Ben MURPHEY GBR 14 1:03.974 11
6 Cristian BOLTON CHI 13 1:04.095 7
7 Nicolas IVANOFF FRA 12 1:05.241 +1 10
8 Mika BRAGEOT FRA 11 1:06.611 +4 1
9 Pete MCLEOD CAN 5 1:04.226 +2 8
10 Michael GOULIAN USA 4 1:04.662 +1 6
11 Juan VELARDE ESP 3 1:04.711 +2 13
12 Kirby CHAMBLISS USA 2 1:05.089 +2 12
13 Petr KOPFSTEIN CZE 1 1:05.748 +2 5
14 Matthias DOLDERER GER 0 DNS N/A 14

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Position Pilot Team Country Total points Change
1 Yoshi MUROYA Team Falken JPN 53 =
2 Martin SONKA Red Bull Team Sonka CZE 44 =
3 Matt HALL Matt Hall Racing AUS 36
4 Nicolas IVANOFF Team Hamilton FRA 30 =
5 Mika BRAGEOT #11RACING Team Eyetime FRA 26
6 Michael GOULIAN Team Goulian USA 25
7 Francois LE VOT FLV Racing Team 12 FRA 21
8 Juan VELARDE Team Velarde ESP 16
9 Ben MURPHY The Blades Racing Team GBR 15
10 Cristian BOLTON Cristian Bolton Racing CHI 13
11 Kirby CHAMBLISS Team Chambliss USA 13
12 Pete MCLEOD Cashback World Racing CAN 10
13 Petr KOPFSTEIN Team Speilberg CZE 5
14 Matthias DOLDERER Matthias Dolderer Racing GER 3

 

Bournemouth Air Festival release star-studded lineup

BOURNEMOUTH | The Bournemouth Air Festival – one of the largest airshows in the world in terms of attendance – has released its much-awaited 2019 lineup.

Photo: Paul Kolbe

Modern and classic jets will have a starring role in the show, with the headline acts including the RAF Typhoon FGR.4 and Saab J-35 Draken of the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight. This year is expected to see the first displays by the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight in the mainland UK since 2014.

Further classic jets will include the Norwegian Air Force Historic Flight MiG-15 and T-33 Shooting Star – the latter being a particularly rare sight in UK skies – and the BAC Strikemaster Mk.82.

Photo: James Connolly

Also eagerly anticipated will be the new Ultimate Fighters display team from Ultimate Warbird Flights, featuring the Buchon, Mustang, Spitfire and Thunderbolt, as well as more established Bournemouth favourites such as the Blades, flying four Extra 300Ls and Rich Goodwin’s Pitts S-2S “Muscle Biplane”.

The military will provide several acts; the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire), RAF Tucano T.1, RAF Chinook Mk.6, the Royal Navy Black Cats (Wildcat HMA.2) and the Army’s Tigers parachute team.

Photo: James Connolly

Participating in the traditional Night Air event will be the RAF Typhoon, the Army’s Red Devils parachute team, the FireFlies and O’Brien’s Flying Circus’ Schweiser SC300, “Otto the Helicopter”.

Notably, Bournemouth will not host a major jet team this year due to the Red Arrows’ North American tour.

The Bournemouth Air Festival will be held from the 29th August-1st September and is free to attend.

UK and France mark D-Day anniversary with historic flypasts

Large-scale flypasts in southern England and northern France marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings on Wednesday 5th June.

The Daks Over Normandy event brought together over 30 vintage Dakotas from around the world, coinciding with official commemorations in Portsmouth and in Normandy.

The UK’s official commemorative event was be held at Southsea Common in Portsmouth on Wednesday 5th June, attended by the Queen, the British Prime Minister, the US President, 16 other world leaders and 300 veterans of the operation.

The event included flypasts of 25 military aircraft, including a Spitfire, Hurricane, Wildcat helicopter, two Merlins, two Hercules, a Sentinel, A330 Voyager, four Hawk T.1s, two Typhoon FGR.4s and the nine Hawk T.1As of the Red Arrows. The Red Arrows returned for a full flying display later in the afternoon.

On the same day, a formation of over 20 Dakotas, escorted by P-51D Mustangs, Beech 18s and T-6 Texans, took off from Duxford en-route to France as the culmination of Daks Over Duxford. In addition, Duxford saw warbird displays and flypasts, flying displays by C-47s and DC-3s and a flyby from the United States Air Force over the weekend.

The main Dakota formation flew low over Colchester, Southend-on-Sea, Medway, Maidstone and Eastbourne before crossing the English Channel to France, flying over Le Havre before commencing a parachute drop at Sannerville, landing at Caen shortly afterwards.

Also on the 5th June, a variety of aircraft staged flypasts and parachute jumps at Carentan, including Dakotas, Spitfires, a Staggerwing and military aircraft from France, the UK and the USA. Hundreds  of jumpers took part, including re-enaction groups and military teams such as the  Red Devils and Golden Knights. Several veterans of the operation also participated in tandem jumps.

The French and US heads of state met in France on the Thursday 6th June for further commemorative events, which included a flypast of specially-painted F-15s. On the same day, the RAF Red  Arrows staged a flypast over Arromanches.

Further jumps from the US military and historic aircraft continued around Caen over the following days.

Red Bull pulls the plug on the Red Bull Air Race

The Red Bull Air Race will wrap up for good after an abbreviated 2019 season, it was announced today.

In a surprise announcement, the Air Race said that “Red Bull has decided not to continue the Red Bull Air Race World Championship beyond the 2019 season.”

They added: “The Red Bull Air Race provided sports entertainment of highest quality but did not attract the level of outside interest as many other Red Bull events across the world. Red Bull thanks the pilots, their teams, partners, the host cities as well as the Red Bull employees for all they have done to make these enjoyable and memorable events.”

Just four of the eight planned races will go ahead this year: the Abu Dhabi round, which has already been staged, Kazan, Russia June 15-16), Lake Balaton, Hungary (13-14 July) and Chiba, Japan (7-8 September). Planned races in the USA and Saudi Arabia have been dropped.

Confirming the American race had been cancelled, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway said they and their fans would be “disappointed” not to host the air race again. “We enjoyed watching the pilots navigate the unique course over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway grounds,” they said. “We were especially excited to see American pilot Michael Goulian celebrate a well-earned victory last year.”

Customers who have already purchased tickets will receive a refund.

Martin Sonka, the 2018 World Champion, was the first pilot to comment online, describing the announcement as “really sad news” and indicating he had only heard of the decision earlier that day.

In a statement, Matt Hall Racing said: “While disappointed that a sport, which had significant potential to succeed, will be no longer, Matt Hall Racing express their gratitude to Red Bull for the opportunity to compete at the top level of aviation for the past eight seasons.”

The unique motorsport, which began in 2003, sees a selection of elite pilot flying highly-modified raceplanes around a course of inflatable pylons. More than 90 races have taken place around the world, in locations as diverse as Longleat in the UK, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the USA and the Swan River in Perth, Australia.

Major update to USAF Demo Team schedules sees RIAT, Oshkosh gain displays

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.

VIEW THE FULL SCHEDULES HERE

Abingdon organisers speak out after final flying display

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.

 

Historic warbirds join together for new UK formation team

Four iconic Second World War fighters representing the UK, USA and Germany will team up as part of a brand new display team this year.

Introducing the Ultimate Fighters

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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.

Polish Air Force aerobatic teams release 2019 schedules

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

Date Show Notes
Apr 30 Radom, Poland Team
May 18-19 AEROS Airshow, Maribor, Slovenia Solos
Jun 15-16 Turku Airshow, Turku, Finland Team
Jun 22-23 Krakow, Poland Heritage
Jun 30 Festival Aéreo de Motril, Granada, Spain Team
Jul 13 Estonian Air Force 100th anniversary, Arari, Estonia Team
Jul 20-21 Wings Over Baltics, Jurmala, Latvia Team
Aug 16-18 AeroBaltic, Gdynia, Poland Heritage
Aug 24-25 Meeting International de la Somme, Albert – Picardie, France Team
Aug 31 Miroslawiec, Poland Solos
Aug 6-7 AirPower, Zeltweg, Austria Team
Sep 14 Leszno, Poland Team
Sep 14 Sandomierz, Poland Team
Aug 22-21 Athens Flying Week, Tanagra, Greece Team

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

Date Show
Apr 30 Radom, Poland
May 17 Powidz, Poland
May 18 Piknik Smoglowcowy, Inowroclaw, Poland
Jun 2 Podkarpackie Pokazy Lotnicze, Turbia, Poland
Jun 8 Swidnik Air Festival, Swidnik, Poland
Jun 14 Deblin, Poland
Jun 29 Swindwin, Poland
Jul 1 Lublin, Poland
Jul 5 Deblin, Poland
Jul 11 Gdynia, Poland
Aug 7 Deblin, Poland
Aug 31 Centenary of Polskiego Aeroclub, Rzeszow Jasionka, Poland
Sep 7 Poznan, Poland
Sep 20 Deblin, Poland
Oct 6 Deblin, Poland

RAF Typhoon solo display schedule released

The RAF will stage Typhoon FGR.4 solo displays at a number of venues this year, including at two international events.

Date Show
May 25-26 Duxford Air Festival, IWM Duxford, ENG, UK
Jun 1-2 Torbay Airshow, Torquay, ENG, UK
Jun 9 RAF Cosford Airshow, Cosford, ENG, UK
Jun 14-15 Turku Airshow, Turki, Finland
Jun 29 Scarborough Armed Forces Day, Scarborough, ENG, UK
Jun 30 North East Lincolnshire Armed Forces Day, Cleethorpes, ENG, UK
Jul 6 Teignmouth Airshow, Teignmouth, ENG, UK
Jul 6-7 Wales National Airshow, Swansea, WAL, UK
Jul 13 Royal Navy International Air Day, RNAS Yeovilton, ENG, UK
Jul 19-21 Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford, ENG, UK
Jul 26-28 Sunderland International Airshow, Tyne & Wear, ENG, UK
Jul 27 Scotland’s National Airshow, East Fortune, SCT, UK
Aug 10-11 Blackpool Airshow, Blackpool, ENG, UK
Aug 10-11 Whitby Regatta, Whitby, ENG, UK
Aug 16 Cowes Week, Isle of Wight, ENG, UK
Aug 16-18 Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow, Eastbourne, ENG, UK
Aug 17-18 Biggin Hill Festival of Flight, London, ENG, UK
Aug 23 Clacton Airshow, Clacton-on-Sea, ENG, UK
Aug 24-25 Rhyl Airshow, Rhyl, WAL, UK
Aug 30-Sep 1 Bournemouth Air Festival, Bournemouth, ENG, UK
Sep 6-8 Southport Airshow, Southport, ENG, UK
Sep 21-22 NATO Days & Czech Air Force Days, Ostrava, Czech Republic

Finnish Air Force release 2019 air display calendar

The Finnish Air Force has released its 2019 display schedule, including twto international displays each for the Midnight Hawks team, F/A-18C Hornet and BAE Hawk solo displays. Other aircraft, including the L-70 Vinka, CASA C-295 and Pilatus PC-12, will also fly at domestic events.

Date Show Aircraft
May 9 Utin Journey Regiment Open Day, Utti, Finland Midnight Hawks, F18
May 14 Military Aviation Professional Event, Pirkkala, Finland Midnight Hawks, F18, Hawk, T70
May 28 Military Aviation Professional Event, Tikkakoski, Finland Midnight Hawks, F18, Hawk, PC12
Jun 4 Puolustusvoimain lippujuhlapäivän paraati Rovaniemellä, Finland F-18, flypasts
Jun 7 Sun Pampas City Festival, Ylivieska, Finland Midnight Hawks
Jun 8 Latvian Air Force 100th Anniversary, Lielvarde, Latvia Hawk
Jun 12 Defense Force Summer Tour, Joensuu, Finland Midnight Hawks
Jun 13 Defense Force Summer Tour, Kupio, Finland Midnight Hawks, F18
Jun 15 Jukola Relay, Kangasala, Finland F18, C295, PC12
Jun 15-16 Turku Airshow, Turku, Finland Midnight Hawks, F18, Hawk, T17
Jun 15 Puolustusvoimien kesäkiertue Suomenlinnassa, Helsinki, Finland Midnight Hawks
Jul 8 Helsinki-CUP Opening Ceremony, Helsinki, Finland Midnight Hawks
Jul 19-21 Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford, UK F18
Jul 27 Falcon Wings Airshow, Liettua Falcon Wings Airshow, Lithuania Hawk
Aug 1 Neste Rally, Jyväskylä Harbour, Finland Midnight Hawks
Aug 16-18 Roskilde Airshow, Copenhagen Airport, Denmark Midnight Hawks
Aug 22 Military Aviation Professional Event, Rovaniemi, Finland Midnight Hawks, F18, Hawk, T70, PC12
Aug 25 Försvarsmaktens flygdag, Ronneby, Sweden F18
Sep 4 Intti tutuksi -tapahtuma, Kouvola, Finland F-18
Sep 21-22 NATO Days & Czech Air Force Days, Ostrava, Czech Republic Midnight Hawks