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Flying Legends 2017

For any warbird fan, the Flying Legends airshow held annually at Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best warbird shows in the world and for many it’s a ‘must attend’! With a lineup of over 30 or so aircraft, including a pair of US based P-51 Mustang’s, Flying Legends 2017 promised to be another celebration of historic aircraft and, as Adam Duffield reports, attracted visitors from far and wide. As I sit reflecting on a weekend of unrivalled aviation heritage I feel I must start with a confession – I am not what [...]

By | July 11th, 2017|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|

USAF Bomber deployment RAF Fairford

RAF Fairford was once again the focus for many aviation enthusiasts in recent weeks, with the United States Air Force (USAF) deploying all three Bomber types on the USAF inventory to the Gloucestershire base. As well as supporting a number of multinational exercises being held within the European theatre, namely BALTOPS and Saber Strike, the deployment was also a chance to show NATO members their continuance of theatre bomber assurance and deterrence roles. Duncan Monk reports from the key strategic base on the exercises and participants. The Exercises Designed to enhance flexibility, interoperability , and strengthen combined response capabilities, BALTOPS [...]

By | July 11th, 2017|Operational Reports|

RAF Cosford Air Show 2017

AeroResource’s Jamie Ewan and Niall Paterson – along with James Innes – were among some 50,000 people dropping in on the RAF’s sole airshow. With types such as Whirlwind, B-52, B-1B and Tornado gracing the flying display, would the show have enough to take ‘top spot’ this early on in the season? Here are their musings. RAF Cosford has become a must attend event for many and as, for the third year running, the event remains the sole Royal Air Force Airshow, it is the only real chance to allow for the public to engage with the RAF – both [...]

By | July 8th, 2017|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|

Shuttleworth Fly Navy 2017

When the Shuttleworth Collection announced that their 2017 calendar would feature another Fly Navy event, many ‘pencilled’ it in – both those with the memories of last year’s hugely successful edition and those who had heard about arguably ‘the top UK show of 2016’. That said, would 2017 match or even beat last year’s show? AeroResource’s Jamie Ewan & James Innes were at one of the country’s most loved display venues to find out. Despite being the oldest of the UK’s air arms, the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) - as it is known today – is the one that for [...]

By | July 6th, 2017|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|

Northolt Evening Photoshoot XXIIa

Northolt Nightshoot XXII was originally due to take place March 23, however, with the tragic events taking place at Westminster the day before, the event was understandably postponed. With night’s drawing out, the planned nightshoot was instead to become the Northolt Evening Photoshoot XXIIa. Taking place on the re-arranged date of June 1, it was clear from the outset that the usual nightshoot format wouldn’t apply to the twenty-second event of its type, especially with sunset occurring just 20 minutes before the event’s planned finish time of 2130. With the previous event (Ed note: a recap of which can be [...]

By | July 2nd, 2017|Event Reports, Nightshoots|

Exercise Red Flag Alaska 17-2

Found 110 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Eielson Air Force Base was a hive of activity between June 8 and 23 2017 with pilots, maintainers and support staff from four air arms descending on the site for Exercise Red Flag Alaska 17-2 (RF-A 17-2). With participants from the United States Air Force (USAF), United States Air National Guard (USANG), Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) and Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) squadrons using the base, other exercise participants operated out of Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson Elmendorf (JBER) while those from the US Army worked out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska. [...]

By | June 29th, 2017|Exercise Reports|

Northolt Nightshoot XXI

With the number of nightshoots at RAF Northolt now sitting in the twenties, there really is no introduction needed for the nocturnal activities that take place on the West London base’s flightline. AeroResource’s Jamie Ewan and [...]

Ostrava NATO Days 2016

Found in the north-eastern corner of the Czech Republic near the border with Poland, the small city of Ostrava is the capital of the Moravian-Silesian Region and, since its inception in 2001, been the setting [...]

Old Buckenham Airshow 2016

Set on the grounds of a former Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base, Old Buckenham Airshow 2016 made a welcome return in late July with two days of flying action. Whilst the 2016 show may [...]

RAF Cosford Jaguars final prowl

After the withdrawal of the SEPECAT Jaguar from Royal Air Force frontline service on April 30, 2007, a number of airframes were destined for a new role within the service as part of 238 Squadron, [...]

Bucharest International Air Show 2016

The air arms of Eastern European states have long attracted Western enthusiasts. However, as more and more of these ex-communist nations become integrated with Europe and NATO, their military equipment tends to follow suit leading to interesting, [...]

KC-135 60th Anniversary

On August 31, 1956 at just after 1pm local time, a new Boeing jet took to the skies for its first flight. That jet, Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker 55-3118 named ‘City of Renton’, started a story [...]

Royal International Air Tattoo 2016

The Royal International Air Tattoo is often the highlight of the UK’s Aviation calendar and attracts an interesting array of aircraft, new and old, from around the world. Anticipation for the show is even higher [...]

King’s Lynn Tornado Trail

It seems that over the last few years, towns and cities around the UK have taken to decorating their streets with various decorated models such as dragons, sheep, gorillas and pigs. However, for the last [...]

RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2016

Always a favourite with enthusiasts, RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2016 had a tough act to follow after the great lineup at the 2015 show. In addition, with the withdrawal of the ‘Junglie’ Sea Kings from [...]

RAF Cosford Air Show 2016

RAF Cosford has, for the second year in a row, gained the distinction of becoming the Royal Air Force’s premier event and having been a fixture on the UK airshow calendar for many years now, [...]

NATO Tiger Meet 2016

Between May 16 and 27, Ala 15 of the Ejército del Aire (Spanish Air Force) hosted this years edition of the annual NATO Tiger Meet (NTM) at their Zaragoza Air Base home. Two years have [...]

Italian Air Force Flying Training

The Aeronautica Militare Italiana (AMI) is significantly modernising its flying training. In 2015, Alenia Aermacchi’s T-346A advanced jet trainer entered service and 2016 will see the recently announced introduction of Tecnam’s P2006T for basic multi-engined [...]

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