Category Archives: TIF News

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

RAF resurrects Tucano Solo Display

LINTON-ON-OUSE | The Royal Air Force will bring back the Tucano Solo Display in 2019, it was announced today.

72 Squadron RAF, based at Linton-on-Ouse, last displayed the Tucano T.1 in 2014 and was replaced by a two-ship Hawk T.2 role demonstration team in 2015. That too was disbanded after its first season.

The Tucano T.1 is a UK-built modified version of the Embraer Tucano, designed in Brazil. The type was selected in 1985 to replace the Jet Provost. It entered service in 1989 and is due for retirement by the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II by the end of 2019.

More to follow.

We’re recruiting! Join the TIF team for 2019

We have an exciting opportunity for new contributors to join our team for the 2019 airshow season and beyond!

We are looking for passionate photographers and writers to help us produce our detailed, illustrated airshow reviews and features, and to help our website grow and improve.

While we don’t pay for work (all our contributors are volunteers and our website is entirely non-commercial), we will help you apply for exclusive access to events and you could also have the opportunity to participate in media rides, air-to-air photoshoots and other activities.

Your participation can be as extensive or as limited as you like, but the most suitable prospective contributors will be fluent, accurate writers and competent photographers with experience of shooting airshows. We would prefer it if you attended a minimum of four airshows per year, but will happily consider those who are unable to do so. You will also need a reasonable understanding of the airshow circuit in Europe and North America.


Email with a short (400-500 word) review of an airshow you attended in 2018, accompanied by five photographs from the event, showing a mix of aircraft types.

Please also include a short introduction to yourself, explaining what you think you would bring to our website.


If you know one of our current contributors, and they are satisfied that you can meet our requirements, they can put your name forward directly to the editor. This is in effect a ‘fast-tracked’ application, but we will still ask for a portfolio of three recent aviation photographs and a short paragraph to introduce yourself, just so we can get a feel for who you are.

We look forward to seeing your work!

Please note that we are not currently accepting applications from the UK.

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.

‘The Airshow’: Our New Documentary Series Starts Now

Stay tuned for 30 minutes of airshow action as we release the first episode of our new documentary series! We go behind the scenes post-Shoreham to see how the industry is dealing with its challenging new climate and celebrate those who make airshows happen.

From the Civil Aviation Authority’s airshow fee increases to the Patrouille Suisse’s troubled airshow season, see what it takes to run a major airshow in 2016. We enjoy unprecidented access to airshows around the world to tell incredible new stories, from the challenges facing the Air Boss at Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake in Texas to Singapore’s ambitious 50th anniversary flypast and the incredible RoKAF Black Eagles.

Still want more? Look out for our bonus features, including an uncut interview with Red Bull AIr Race pilot Matt Hall and multi-angle cockpit video from the Belgian F-16 Solo Display.