Airshow Dispatches S06E03: Midlands Air Festival

The Midlands Air Festival is a good, old-fashioned airshow with something for everyone. Held in the picturesque grounds of the Ragley Hall estate, it attracts a varied line up of barnstormers, solo aerobatics, warbirds, classic jets and modern RAF assets, as well as more than 100 hot air balloons, model aircraft, fireworks and a night show.

As one of the first major UK airshows of the season, it featured the 2023 debut of the Red Arrows’ new 8-ship display and the incoming RAF Typhoon display pilot, who performed a solo display as well as a duo display with the BBMF’s Lancaster. The Saab Draken was another standout act – a short display, but a watershed moment for the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight’s relationship with British airshows.

00:02United Kingdom RAF Red Arrows (x8 Hawk T.1A)
00:09United Kingdom Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster B.1, Spitfire Mk.Vb, Hurricane Mk.IIc)
00:14United Kingdom RAF Typhoon FGR.4
00:18United Kingdom RAF Tutor T.1
00:20United Kingdom C-47A Dakota “Drag ’em Oot”
00:22United Kingdom Rolls Royce Heritage Flight (Spitfire PR.XIX, P-51D Mustang)
00:25United Kingdom F8F-2P Bearcat
00:28United Kingdom Auster AOP.6
00:29United Kingdom Stampe Formation Team (x3 SV-4C Stampe)
00:32United Kingdom AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers (x2 PT-17 Stearman)
00:34United Kingdom Turbulent Team (x4 D.31 Turbulent)
00:35United Kingdom Team Mono (x2 JT-1 Monoplane)
00:37United Kingdom Bob Grimstead RF-4D
00:38United Kingdom Airborne Pyrotechnics (x2 Grob 109b)
00:39United Kingdom Peter Davies Rotorsport Calidus
00:41United Kingdom Chris Burkett Extra 300S
00:43United Kingdom Team Raven (x6 RV-8)
00:46United Kingdom Gazelle Squadron (x2 Gazelle HT.2, x2 Gazelle HT.3)
00:50Belgium OV-10B Bronco
00:52United Kingdom Vampire T.11
00:54Sweden J-35 Draken
00:56United Kingdom RAF Falcons