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News, announcements and releases from us at This is Flight.

Live updates from the International Council of Air Shows Convention

LAS VEGAS | The biggest annual airshow convention will be held from the 9th-12th December, with a string of major announcements expected.

The schedules for the continent’s main demonstration teams were released on Tuesday 10th December, and contained few surprises. The Thunderbirds and Blue Angels announced their schedules up until 2022, while the USAF’s single-ship demonstrations announced their 2020 calendar. The USMC also announced a limited event line up for their aircraft.

North of the border, the Snowbirds revealed their season will provisionally start in the USA on the 6th June – later than usual, thanks to an accident in October 2019 which delayed the start of their training. Further US appearences, including in Oshkosh, are planned. The CF-18 Demo Team will not be performing outside Canada.

The US Navy have announced plans for their 2020 season, including a total of 42 F/A-18F “Tac Demos” and Legacy Flights. They also plan to display the F-35C Lightning II.

A slew of other announcements are also expected, including details about the format for this year’s EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. The show will see a reduced number of traditional aerobatic performers this year to accomodate a restructured warbird show, according to Show Centre: The Airshow Podcast.

This is Flight teams up with AirShow360 to expand airshow coverage

This is Flight, based in Europe, and AirShow360, based in America, are excited to announce the two organizations will be collaborating to bring more coverage of air shows worldwide.

With a large number of professional contributing reporters, photographers, and videographers working together throughout the world and sharing their unique perspectives from in the air and on the ramp, audiences of both AirShow360 and This Is Flight will experience unparalleled coverage of airshows throughout the world.

Look out for the first work in our exciting collaboration over the coming weeks!

Find out more about AirShow360 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Four hours of airshow documentaries from 2018

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Re-live the highlights of Oshkosh 2018

We’ve teamed up with our friends at to produce a compilation of the highlights from EAA AirVenture 2017 in Oshkosh, USA. With 10,000 visiting aircraft, Oshkosh is considered the world’s greatest aviation celebration, and this year’s show themes included Year of the Tanker, RAF100 and the 80th anniversary of the T-6 Texan. Highlights include:

  • Mass flypasts from the Warbirds of America
  • Yak-110 aerobatic display
  • Classic RAF aircraft: the Spitfire, Meteor and Jet Provost
  • F-16C Viper Heritage Flights and mini-demos
  • F-22A Raptor low passes
  • USAF tanker parade: C-130, KC-135 and KC-10
  • B-1B Lancer night departure
  • F7F Tigercat pair

Our 30-minute retrospective includes excerpts from the best and most memorable displays of the week; it will premiere at 23:30-00:00 UTC on Wednesday 19th December. If you enjoy it, visit the AirshowStuffVideos YouTube channel for dozens more films of individual performers at the event, and our own channel for more airshow documentaries.

90 Minutes of Action from the World’s Biggest Military Airshow

We’re very proud to release our latest feature-length programme featuring the highlights of more than 25 hours of flying at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2018.

Adam Landau hosts 90 uninterrupted minutes of aviation action, featuring stunning ground and cockpit footage, as we take an action-packed look back at the event – from the power of the Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27P Flanker to the awe-inspiring panache of the Frecce Tricolori and the modern marvel that is the F-35A Lightning II, there’s something for everyone.

We also delve into the Royal Air Force’s past, with timeless displays from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron to celebrate RAF100, seen performing back-to-back with modern RAF assets such as the Red Arrows, Typhoon FGR.4, Chinook Mk.6 and A400M Atlas.

Other notable highlights include a rare flypast by a B-2A Spirit, the Canadian Forces’ CF-188A Hornet, no fewer than four examples of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, solo and pairs displays by the Dassault Rafale, the two Mirage 2000Ds of Couteau Delta and a unique formation of the Swiss PC-7 Team with an F/A-18 Hornet.

We also feature footage from the arrival days, including the one-off display by a French Navy Breguet ALT-2 Atlantique II.

It all adds up to one of the largest and most varied airshows in recent memory, and with our free documentary programme you can re-live its highlights once again.

Want to find out more? For more from the Royal International Air Tattoo, you can find our illustrated review of the show here or head to SoundCloud for our Smoke On podcast. You may also enjoy the official DVD, avaibable here.

TIF teams up with Aerosparx & GliderFX

This is Flight is proud to announce a partnership with two of the most innovative aerobatic teams in the world, which will allow us to bring exciting new content to our readers and viewers.

Aerosparx, flying two Grob 109s, are the only display team to fly aerobatics in formation, with pyrotechnics, at night. GliderFX, meanwhile, display with an MDM-1 Fox, and hold the world record for the most number of rolls while on aerotow. They also perform dusk pyrotechnic displays and daytime aerobatic shows. Both teams are led by eight-time national glider aerobatic champion at the unlimited level, Guy Westgate.

This is Flight’s editor, Adam Landau will be filming and editing videos for the teams when they perform at airshows around the world over the next few seasons, which has already included airshows in China and Portugal.  Deputy editor Alex Prins will be taking photographs for the team. This will allow us to bring exclusive new content to This is Flight from a huge variety of airshows we would otherwise be unable to cover. We are also aiming to publish a feature-length documentary, entitled ‘Sparks Will Fly’, at the end of this year.

We look forward to working with Aerosparx and GliderFX over the coming months; follow their Facebook page to see our work with the team, and look out for content from far-flung airshows on our own website, social media and YouTube channel as well!

Airshows are Amazing! Best of 2017 compilation

We’ve once again teamed up with our friends at to produce a highlights compilation video of the best of the 2017 airshow season! From the incredible “bomber day” at Oshkosh to the awe-inspiring Ukrainian Su-27 at RIAT and the thrilling Black Eagles at LIMA. If you want to watch the original videos without music, many of them can be found on the AirshowStuff and This is Flight YouTube channels. Watch the compilation below – and let us know what you think in the comments section!

Re-live the highlights of Oshkosh 2017!

We’ve teamed up with our friends at to produce a compilation of the highlights from EAA AirVenture 2017 in Oshkosh, USA. With 10,000 visiting aircraft, Oshkosh is considered the world’s greatest aviation celebration, and 2017 saw a landmark installment of the event, headlined by the first full Blue Angels demonstration in the show’s history. It also brought together the world’s only two flying B-29s for the first time in addition to an eclectic mix of other bombers, from the nightly B-1 Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress to a mass display of B-25 Mitchells.

Our 20-minute retrospective includes excerpts from the best and most memorable displays of the week; if you enjoy it visit the AirshowStuffVideos YouTube channel for dozens more films of individual performers at the event, and our own channel for more airshow documentaries.

Get Ready for ‘The Airshow II’ as our Documentary Series Returns

Stay tuned for 30 minutes of airshow action as we release the second episode of our documentary series, ‘The Airshow’!

We continue to chart the challenges facing the airshow scene with untold stories and spectacular footage both from the ground and in the air. With a focus on warbird restoration, we go behind-the-scenes with Navy Wings and Avro Lancaster ‘Just Jane’ during her return-to-flight project. Other features see us join the volunteer teams at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aviation Exhibition and watch pilots battle challenging weather at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

And if that’s not enough for you, our extra features include uncut interviews with The People’s Mosquito and multi-angle cockpit videos from the Patrouille Suisse and Jupiter Aerobatic Team.

50 Minutes of Malaysian Airshow Action

We’re proud to release our latest feature-length programme, featuring the highlights of the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition 2017.

One of Asia’s longest-running and best-known airshows this year hosted our team as we recorded our newest video, ‘LIMA ’17: the Definitive Documentary’. With 50 minutes of action, we review the highlights of the aerial displays, both at the international airport and at the naval exhibitions. The stars of the show include the TUDM Su-30MKM, the Republic of Korea Air Force Black Eagles and the debut display of the Russian Knights with their new Su-30SM Flanker-Cs.

We also go behind-the-scenes with the volunteer teams, talk to the pilots and share spectacular cockpit footage, not least during the one-off formation flypast of the Black Eagles with their Indonesian counterparts, the Jupiter Aerobatic Team. It all adds up to one of the most fascinating airshows of the year, and we’re thrilled to bring you our pick of the action.