“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 gain a spectacular insight into the workings of the industry. Above all, “The Airshow” is a celebration of the safe, important and exciting activity that airshows represent and a tribute to all those who make airshows happen.
Episode 1 (2016): Episode 1 of The Airshow follows the tragic events of the 2015 and 2016 display seasons and the struggle that pilots and organisers have faced over the past few years. We follow the Patrouille Suisse as they recover from June’s accident and go behind the scenes to see how an air display is directed. Rare teams from Asia – the Black Knights and Black Eagles – are featured extensively.
RUN TIME: 31m | RELEASE: 3 DEC 2016 | ADAM LANDAU, FULL TEAM | US VERSION
Episode 2 (2017): Episode 2 of The Airshow celebrates the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force and many of the celebrations around the world to mark that occasion. We’ll also be taking a look at Navy Wings and Just Jane’s restoration works. Teams in focus are the Thunderbirds and the Jupiter Aerobatic Team; the Patrouille de France’s American tour also features. DUE FOR RELEASE IN DECEMBER 2017.
Episode 3 (2018): Episode 3 of The Airshow celebrates the Royal Air Force’s centenary celebrations, extensively following the Red Arrows’ display season and the Royal International Air Tattoo. Hawker Hunters are making a return to the UK circuit, and other former RAF warbirds also feature. As usual, there’s plenty of action from exotic aerobatic teams, and this year we’re featuring the Russian Knights. DUE FOR RELEASE IN DECEMBER 2018.
Frequently Asked Questions:
When is the next episode of The Airshow?
We release one episode per year. Each episode will be released in December and will focus primarily on the events of the recent airshow season. We are unfortunately unable to commit sufficient time and resources to producing more episodes than this.
Why won't episode 1 play in the USA?
Unfortunately there is some background music in episode 1 that YouTube has blocked in the United States. However, we have also uploaded the film to our Facebook page for US viewers to enjoy (see above link).
For each episode, there are around three “Extras”. These usually comprise extended cockpit sequences and uncut interviews, and they usually run to between two and ten minutes. Special features are only available to viewers of The Airshow on our YouTube channel; to access them, you must watch the episodes on YouTube and look out for the on-screen cards, or check the video description.
Your videos are getting repetitive. Why do you film at the same events each year?
Due to our limited funds, we are unable to travel significant distances to events in most cases. Therefore, there is a limited selection of events at which it is realistically possible for us to film. Additionally, while a substantial amount of each episode is new footage, some may have been released previously in stand-alone videos covering an individual event. However, even if footage is re-used, The Airshow takes a significantly different tone to our other videos, offering additional insight and enhanced editing.
What are you planning for the next episodes?
Planning is well underway for 2017’s episode, which will have two main themes: aircraft restoration and the USAF’s 70th anniversary. We have already planned several shoots with various warbird operators and look forward to sharing more details shortly. We’ll also be filming at LIMA Langkawi, so there’s plenty to look forward to! Episode 3 (2018) will focus n the RAF’s centenary and their aerobatic team, the Red Arrows.
When will you feature team X or aircraft Y?
Our filming depends on the location of our team and on the goodwill of airshow organisers and performers. Without offers of interviews, team visits and cockpit footage, we wouldn’t have sufficient material to produce an interesting documentary. These factors are largely out of our control, but we do believe that we cover sufficient variety to keep most viewers happy. If you’re an airshow organiser, display pilot or aircraft operator, we hope you take the hint!
Why is The Airshow free to view?
We want “The Airshow” to be a film that everybody can enjoy to show off the best of this amazing activity. If it were not free to view, our audience would be limited to a very small community of avid airshow-goers rather than to the general public. Creating paid content would also create significant additional hassle and cost which would likely render such a project impossible for an organisation of our nature.