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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.

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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Posted by Ultimate Warbird Flights on Saturday, 27 April 2019

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.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight release 2019 schedule

Display dates for the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight have been published, with the Flight’s Lancaster, Dakota, Spitfires and Hurricanes in for a busy season.

Biggin Hill and Eastbourne are the only events this year to see more than three aircraft participating. One international event is planned at Gilze Rijen in the Netherlands.

Flypasts and events not open to the general public have not been included.

Date Show Aircraft
May 6 de Havilland Day, East Kirkby, ENG, UK H
May 25 & 27 Lanc, Tank & Military Machines, East Kirkby, ENG, UK D
Jun 1 Langham Dome, Cockthorpe, ENG, UK H
Jun 1-2 Torbay Airshow, Torquay, ENG, UK DHS
Jun 2 Shuttleworth Flying Festival, Old Warden, ENG, UK S
Jun 2-5 Daks Over Normandy, IWM Duxford, ENG, UK D
Jun 5 D-Day 75, Portsmouth, ENG, UK S
Jun 9 RAF Cosford Airshow, Cosford, ENG, UK LHS
Jun 15-16 Dunsfold Wings & Wheels, Dunsfold Park, ENG, UK S
Jun 22 Newcastle Festival of Flight, Newcastle, NIR, UK D
Jun 22-23 Weston Air Festival, Weston-super-Mare, ENG, UK LHS
Jun 23 Lymm Festival, Lymm, ENG, UK D
Jun 29 National Armed Forces Day, Salisbury, ENG, UK LHS
Jun 29 Plymouth Armed Forces Day, Plymouth Hoe, ENG, UK S
Jun 29 Scarborough Armed Forces Day, Scarborough, ENG, UK S
Jun 30 North East Lincolnshire Armed Forces Day, Cleethorpes, ENG, UK H
Jul 6 Teignmouth Airshow, Teignmouth, ENG, UK S
Jul 6-7 Wales National Airshow, Swansea, WAL, UK LHS
Jul 6-7 AeroLegends Battle of Britain Airshow, Headcorn, ENG, UK HS
Jul 7 Battle of Britain Memorial Day, Capel-le-Ferne, ENG, UK HS
Jul 7 Shuttleworth Military Airshow, Old Warden, ENG, UK H
Jul 13 Royal Navy International Air Day, RNAS Yeovilton, ENG, UK LHS
Jul 13-14 Flying Legends, IWM Duxford, ENG, UK DS
Jul 19-21 Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford, ENG, UK LHS
Jul 20 Holkham Countnry Fair, Wells-next-the-Sea, ENG, UK D
Jul 26-28 Sunderland Airshow, Tyne & Wear, ENG, UK LHS
Jul 27 Scotland’s National Airshow, East Fortune, SCT, UK LHS
Jul 27 Old Buckenham Airshow, Old Buckenham, ENG, UK D
Aug 10 Whitby Regatta, Whitby, ENG, UK D
Aug 10-11 The Yanks are Back in Saddleworth, Manchester, ENG, UK L
Aug 10-11 Blackpool Airshow, Blackpool, ENG, UK LHS
Aug 11 Whitby Regatta, Whitby, ENG, UK S
Aug 15-18 Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow, Eastbourne, ENG, UK LDHS
Aug 17-18 Biggin Hill Festival of Flight, London, ENG, UK LDHS
Aug 22-23 Clacton Airshow, Clacton, ENG, UK LHS
Aug 23 Sidmouth Air Display, Sidmouth, ENG, UK S
Aug 24-25 Rhyl Airshow, Rhyl, WAL, UK DHS
Aug 25 Little Gransden Air & Car Show, Sandy, ENG, UK D
Aug 25-26 White Horse Show, Uffington, ENG, UK HS
Aug 26 Pistons & Props, Sywell, ENG, UK S
Aug 29-Sep 1 Bournemouth Air Festival, Bournemouth, ENG, UK DHS
Aug 30-Sep 1 Chatsworth Country Fair, Chatsworth House, ENG, UK S
Aug 30-31 Dartmouth Regatta, Dartmouth, ENG, UK S
Aug 31 Classic Wings & Wheels, Gilze Rijen, the Netherlands S
Aug 31-Sep 1 AirWaves, Portrush, NIR, UK D
Sep 6-8 Southport Airshow, Southport, ENG, UK DHS
Sep 12 Guesnsey Air Display, St. Peter Port, Guernsey DSH
Sep 12 Jersey International Air Display, St. Aubin’s Bay, Jersey DHS
Sep 13-15 Goodwood Revival, Goodwood, ENG, UK S
Sep 21-22 Duxford Battle of Britain Airshow, IWM Duxford, ENG, UK DHS

Shuttleworth to host seven Hurricanes at Military Airshow

OLD WARDEN | The Shuttleworth Collection have updated their aircraft participation lists for this year’s airshows, with the Military Airshow standing out for hosting seven Hurricanes.

The Military Airshow on the 7th July will feature the Collection’s Hurricane and Sea Hurricane, as well as five visiting examples of the type. We believe this will be the largest selection of Hurricanes at a single show in recent years, with Flying Legends reaching five in 2017.

As if that is not enough, the show will also include P-47D Thunderbolt “Nellie” and the four Extra 300LXs of the Royal Jordanian Falcons, returning to Old Warden for the first time since 1997.

The 15th June Evening Airshow will also feature several Hurricanes, with one visiting type joining the Collection’s own Hurricane and Sea Hurricane.

Also attracting attention is the Flying Festival on the 2nd June, which will be headlined by the RAF Red Arrows.

Spitfire Mk.IX MH434 has been added to the lineup for the Evening Airshow on the 18th May. The Family Airshow on the 4th August has also had aircraft added, including the Turbulent Team and Calidus Autogyro. The Vintage Airshow on the 1st September will include the Global Stars, three Miles Magisters and P-51D Mustang “Contrary Mary”.

Arsenal of Democracy Flyover announced for 2020

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.

World’s last flying Meteor NF.11 makes final flight

BRUNTINGTHORPE | The UK’s last flying Gloster Meteor in private hands touched down for the final time on Saturday 5th January, and will now be maintained in a taxyable condition.

Meteor NF.11 WM167 arrived at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome as part of a celebratory ticketed event. Other classic aircraft, including a Vampire T.11 and Strikemaster Mk.80A, joined the Meteor for an impromptu fly-in.

WM167 was built in Coventry in 1952 and flew with the Royal Air Force  until 1975, seeing out the final years of its service as a target tug. It was  purchased by a private collector and reverted to NF.11 configuration shortly afterwards.

The jet was operated until recently by the Classic Air Force, a now-defunct aviation museum and warbird operator based first in Coventry and then Newquay. She was a regular airshow performer during this time, and the only flying Night Fighter Meteor in the world. The charity, who owned two Meteors, folded in early 2016.

Both Meteors, as well as two ex-CAF Venoms, were purchased by American collector Marty Tibbitts in 2017. The first Meteor, T.7 WA591, was taken to the United States and made its American airshow debut at Oshkosh last summer, while the remaining jets stayed in the UK. Meteor NF.11 WM167 was donated to the Classic British Jets Collection at Bruntingthorpe following Tibbitt’s death in an accident last July.

The jet will be maintained in a fast-taxy condition, along with a collection of other Cold War-era jets at Bruntingthorpe, and will likely participate in public events such as the biannual Cold War Jets fast-taxy events.

A further pair of UK-based Meteors are used by Martin Baker as testbeds for their ejector seats, but these are rarely seen in public. The only other airworthy Meteor in the world is a Meteor F.8 owned by the Temora Aviation Museum in Australia.

Randy Ball’s FIGHTERJETS post updated 2019 schedule

Randy Ball’s Fighterjets fleet will be out in force at North American airshows this year, although his MiG-17F looks set to be the most active aircraft by far.

So far, the MiG-17F will perform at all scheduled shows, with the T-37 performing at one. There are no events listed for the MiG-17PF or T-33.

The aircraft will perform mainly in the USA, with one show in Canada.

Dates Event Participating aircraft Show type
Apr 6-7 Heart of Texas Airshow, Waco, TX, USA MiG-17F Day
Apr 13-14 Wings Over South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX, USA MiG-17F Day
Apr 27-28 Wings Over Wayne, Seymour Johnson, NC, USA MiG-17F Day, night
May 3-5 Go Wheels Up! Texas, San Marcos, TX, USA MiG-17F Day
May 3-5 Central Texas Airshow, Temple, TX, USA MiG-17F Night
May 10-12 Chennault International Airshow, Lake Charles, LA, USA MiG-17F Night
May 17-19 Barksdale Defenders of Liberty Airshow, LA, USA MiG-17F Day, night
Jun 1-2 Star-Spangled Salute, Tinker, OK, USA MiG-17F Day
Jun 15-16 Wings Over Whiteman, MO, USA MiG-17F Day, night
Jul 6 Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake, Gun Barrel City, TX, USA MiG-17F Day
Jul 13-14 Toledo Airshow, OH, USA MiG-17F Day
Sep 13-15 Airshow London, ON, Canada MiG-17F Day
Oct 26-27 Sheppard AFB Airshow, TX, USA MiG-17F, T-37 Day

Tora! Tora! Tora! release initial 2019 schedule

The Peal Harbor re-enactment team Tora! Tora! Tora! have posted a preliminary 2019 schedule on their webite. The shedule includes only full aerial dislpays, not events attended only by the bomb squad.

Dates Event
Mar 8-9 Yuma Airshow, AZ, USA
Mar 16-17 Tora! Tora! Tora! pracrice sessions
Apr 27-28 Wings Over Wayne, Seymour-Johnson, NC, USA
May 18-19 Barksdale Defenders of Liberty Airshow, LA, USA
May 25-26 Westmoreland County Airshow, Latrobe, PA, USA
Jul 13-14 Toledo Airshow, OH, USA
Aug 24-25 Pocono Racewat Festival of Flight, Long Pond, PA, USA
Oct 19-20 Wing Over Houston, TX, USA
Oct 26-27 CAF Wings Over Dallas, TX, USA