Often, we produce highlights compilations at airshows we attend, and occasionally longer video reports and documentaries with interviews and cockpit footage. Some of our recent releases can be found here.
RIAT 2017 HIGHLIGHTS
We bring you a compilation from the Royal International Air Tattoo, featuring the USAF Thunderbirds and Ukrainian Su-27 Flanker among its daily 8-hour flying displays. Featuring stunning slow-motion footage, this video gives a brief taste of the action, with fuller coverage coming in Ep.2 of The Airshow later this year.
RAF COSFORD AIRSHOW 2017
We report from the Royal Air Force’s only airshow of the year. While the Red Arrows were relegated to an unusual display axis, we still enjoyed fantastic displays from the Swiss PC-7 Team and Italian Tornado, plus stunning flypasts from the USAF. Cockpit footage from the Strikemaster and Aerosparx is included.
JUMP WITH THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Our helmet camera shows how the US Army Golden Knights deal with a faulty parachute, “tearing away” the broken ‘chute and deploying their replacement before making a perfect landing right on target at the Chennault Airshow 2017.
NAVY WINGS PREPARE FOR 2017
We visit the operators of the world’s only flying Sea Vixen one week before the start of their 2017 airshow season to talk to pilot Chris Götke and engineer Brian Johnstone about their aircraft and their plans for the coming year.
LIMA LANGKAWI 2017
The biannual Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition is undoubtably one of the best airshows in Asia; we bring you the best of the action, filmed across 5 days from in and around the venue. Highlights include the breathtaking debut of the Russian Knights with the Su-30, the amazing Black Eagles and the jaw-dropping opening ceremony by the RMAF. The maritime segment, cockpit footage and interviews are all included.
JUST JANE’S WINTER STRIP-DOWN
We take you behind-the-scenes with Avro Lancaster Just Jane’s return-to-flight project at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre. Andrew Panton talks us through the latest news as Just Jane is stripped of paint and components in a painstaking search for rust and corrosion.
BEST OF THE RSAF
2016 was This is Flight’s final year reporting from Singapore, and in this time we have forged an excellent relationship with the Republic of Singapore Air Force. This is our celebratory pick of the action, including the RSAF Open House 2016, SG50 and National Day flypasts, various editions of the Singapore Airshow and of course Exercise Torrent VII.
“THE AIRSHOW“ – Episode 1 (US version)
“The Airshow” is our most ambitious project yet, following the world’s greatest pilots to airshows across the globe to see how they are adapting to the hostile new climate and to pay tribute to those who make airshows possible. We’ll go behind the scenes with Air Boss Russell Royce at Thunder over Cedar Creek Lake, chart the recovery of the Blue Angels after June’s accident, view an F-16 display from three cockpit cameras, watch the final flights of the Vulcan and talk to the Black Eagles, Matt Hall and Patrouille Suisse, among a number of other features. Further episodes will be released annually from 2016. Click here to watch in the USA.
RUN TIME: 31m | RELEASE: 3 DEC 2016 | ADAM LANDAU, FULL TEAM | US VERSION
RSAF “EXERCISE TORRENT” 2016
This is Flight is proud to have privilaged access to the RSAF’s alternate landing exercise, the only event of its kind in southeast Asia. Over the 12th-13th November, the deeply secrative air force took control of Lim Chu Kang Road and turning it into a runway for F-16Cs, F-16D+s and, for the first time, F-15SGs. We will take you right to the edge of the runway to give you an unparalleled view of the action.
ROYAL INTERNATIONAL AIR TATTOO 2016
RIAT is the world’s largest military airshow, and the 2016 edition was one of the best in over a decade. In this video, we’ll bring you the highlights of every single performance in the 9-hour flying display. We go on board with the Belgian F-16, Patrouille Suisse and Wings of Storm and talk to Commander Nils Hämmerli and Mark Petrie on the ground. The UK debut of the F-35 is also covered in full.
FIGHTER JET SCRAMBLE & AIRFIELD ATTACK
Drawing upon footage from the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s 2016 Open House, we show exactly how a modern, integrated fighting force reacts to an airborne threat. Watch as F-16Cs and F-15SGs roar into the sky to intercept an unknown aircraft before returning to attack an enemy airfield under the cover of AH-64D Apaches while a CH-47 Chinook inserts ground troops. The Red Lions parachute team and Singapore Youth Flying Club also feature.
SINGAPORE AIRSHOW 2016
The Singapore Airshow is a bitter-sweet event, but in this video, we focus on the action in the air: the home team performed a breathtaking display involving the F-15SG and AH-64D Apache, and the French Armée de l’Air provided their popular Rafale C display, but the highlights were undoubtedly the incredible RoKAF Black Eagles and the jaw-dropping RMAF Sukhoi Su-30MKM. A USAF B-52H and C-17 provided further contrast.
HUEY NIGHT SHOOT
Phil Connolly, owner of a vintage Huey and Loach helicopter, opened his collection this year for a night shoot. This video gives you a flavour of the event, including an uncut interview with Connolly discussing the implications of the CAA’s new airshow fees and the future project to add an AH-1 Cobra to the collection. It would be the only airworthy example in the UK.
2015 AIRSHOW SEASON RETROSPECTIVE
Drawing on our best footage from throughout the year, we’ve compiled a retrospective of the best airshow action from across the world. Although marred by the events at Shoreham, it was otherwise an excellent year for airshows, from military debuts at RIAT to mass formations of Spitfires celebrating the Battle of Britain anniversary at Duxford, the final flights of the Vulcan, the standing down of the Black Knights and the Breitling Jet Team’s US tour.
KNIGHTS OF THE SKY
The Black Knights are one of the most elusive aerobatic teams in the world. This video follows the team’s history from their inception in 1973 to their latest season, from 2014 to 2015. Highlights include a detailed look at the team’s display routine and their final display at the SG50 National Day Parade celebrating Singapore’s 50th birthday – all told to the accompaniment of breathtaking cockpit footage.
SINGAPORE SG50 and NDP ’15
2015 was the year Singapore celebrated its 50th anniversary, and it did so in style with the largest, most complex flypast in the nation’s history. 50 aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Air Force took part, representing every type in its inventory. Filmed from four stunning viewpoints around – and above – Marina Bay and drawing upon cockpit footage, this video gives an unparalleled look at the flypast, from the air and from the ground.
THE ROYAL INTERNATIONAL AIR TATTOO 2015
The Royal International Air Tattoo is the world’s largest military airshow, attracting upwards of 200 aircraft and featuring a flying display of eight hours. One of the main themes of this year’s show was the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, with a number of warbirds taking part. The Belgian F-16 carried two cockpit cameras, with one other placed in the lead aircraft of La Patrouille de France.