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So far Mike Buckle has created 14 blog entries.

Royal International Air Tattoo 2014

Unlike the lead up to most Royal International Air Tattoo’s the weather wasn’t the hot topic during the weeks prior to RIAT 2014. With the star attendee, the F-35, being involved in a fire incident a matter of weeks prior to the airshow whether the aircraft would be given flight approval in time for the [...]

By | July 19th, 2014|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|0 Comments

RAF TriStar Retirement

Originally designed as a civilian airliner in the 1960’s the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar later become a vital asset to the Royal Air Force transport fleet. March 2014 brings to an end the RAF service of the famous ‘trijet’. History In the late 1960’s American Airlines released a specification for a wide-body airliner to fly their [...]

By | March 24th, 2014|Operational Reports|0 Comments

352nd SOG Deploy to RAF Fairford

In December 2013 the 325nd Special Operations Group (SOG) deployed to RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire for a routine training exercise. Michael Buckle reports for AeroResource. Mid 2013 saw the arrival of two new aircraft types to RAF Mildenhall’s 352nd SOG. The delivery of the CV-22B and MC-130J marked the initial phase of a replacement program to [...]

By | December 23rd, 2013|Exercise Reports|0 Comments

The Royal International Air Tattoo 2013

After 2012 restored faith in RIAT for many enthusiasts, it was always going to be a difficult year to follow. With the recent hard-hitting budget cuts for the US military, participation was the topic on the tip of everyone’s tongues. Michael Buckle reports from RAF Fairford on a hot year for RIAT 2013. With the [...]

By | August 14th, 2013|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|2 Comments

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2012

While the focus of the world is on London and the 2012 Olympic games, Bristol and the ballooning community once again came together at Ashton Court for their annual gathering. Michael Buckle attended the sun-blessed event for AeroResource. Now in its 34th year and with good weather progressively moving in over the days leading up [...]

By | August 18th, 2012|Event Reports|1 Comment

Royal International Air Tattoo 2012

2012 was a time of change for the Air Tattoo; now entering it’s 41st year of operations and recently facing consistent criticism from enthusiasts. The team at Douglas Bader House pulled out all of the stops to put this year in the history books. Michael Buckle reports for AeroResource. In the year of both the [...]

By | July 30th, 2012|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|2 Comments

The Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2011

As the South West’s largest family event, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta rarely fails to deliver. 2011 brought a record-breaking crowd to celebrate 40 years of ‘Made in Bristol’. Michael Buckle reports from Ashton Court for AeroResource. This year the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta enters its 33rd year of operations. In 2011 its creator Don [...]

By | August 30th, 2011|Event Reports|0 Comments

Royal International Air Tattoo 2011

2011 marked the 40th Anniversary of the world famous Royal International Air Tattoo, over the last 40 years the show has made history, and inspired thousands, Michael Buckle was present at the celebratory event. In 1971 in aid of the Royal Air Forces Association, North Weald hosted the first Air Tattoo. The show had a [...]

By | July 28th, 2011|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|0 Comments

Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race 2010

The Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett International Gas Balloon Race is one of the oldest and most prestigious aeronautical races in the world. Michael Buckle travels to a secret location just outside Bristol to report for AeroResource. In 1906 at a location in central Paris, sixteen hydrogen filled balloons took to the skies, marking the start [...]

By | September 29th, 2010|Event Reports|0 Comments