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Airshows >> UK: Exclusive - Flt Lt Jamie Norris: 2013 RAF Typhoon Display Pilot Late last year Flight Lieutenant Jamie Norris was named as the 2013 Royal Air Force Typhoon Display Pilot. Gareth Stringer visited him to learn more about what displaying the Typhoon entails. Images – as credited.
GAM Previews: Flight of the Hunter T7A Back in Issue 15 of GAM, Gareth Stringer told the story of a series of flights he was lucky enough to experience in Newcastle Jet Provost Group’s T3A. This time he trades the JP in for something a tiny bit faster - Hunter Flight Academy’s Hunter T7A WV318 / G-FFOX.
Airshows>> UK: Exclusive Imagery - 2013 RAF Tucano Display Scheme Revealed Global Aviation Resource is delighted to reveal the 2013 Royal Air Force Tucano Display scheme and further information courtesy of display pilot, Flt Lt Andrew Fyvie-Rae. Gareth Stringer reports with imagery courtesy of the Team itself.
Airshows >> USA: San Francisco Fleet Week - Review As seaside airshows go, there are worse places to hold one than the waterfront in California's most beautiful city, San Francisco. Held every year in early October, Fleet Week features an air show, a parade of naval ships and various other naval related attractions and activities. Chris Wood found himself in the City on the Bay during that weekend and reports for GAR.
GAM Previews: Jet Provost T3A From the Cockpit 2012 saw Gareth Stringer fulfil a lifelong dream and fly in a fast jet. It all started with the JP3 at RAF Cosford, thanks to Neil McCarthy, and here's the first part of a story that will be continued next month.
Airshows >> USA: MCAS Miramar Airshow 2012 - Review One of the largest airshows on the west coast of the US, and the largest airshow organised by the military, the 2012 MCAS Miramar Airshow will surely go down as a spectacular success. Paul Dunn reports for GAR, with additional images from Chris Wood.
Aviation News >> UK: Flt Lt Jamie Norris named as 2013 Royal Air Force Typhoon Display Pilot RAF Coningsby is pleased to announce that Flight Lieutenant Jamie Norris will be the Royal Air Force Typhoon Display pilot for the 2013 airshow season.
GAM Previews: The Iron Lady - '558 Bounces Back to Complete Jubilee Season Gareth Stringer talks exclusively to Vulcan display pilot Bill Ramsey, as XH558 recovers from early season difficulties to complete 2012 in style with a ‘Jubilee Tour’ of the UK. Includes stunning air-to-air imagery from Frank Grealish.
GAM Previews: Russia Revisited In last month’s GAM Steve Coe guided you through proceedings of the Russian Air Force 100th Anniversary Airshow and Parade, held at Zhukovsky on the outskirts of Moscow. Frank Grealish / irishairpics.com was one of a small number of foreign journalists granted access to a number of the airfields hosting participating aircraft as preparations for the show geared up. This is his predominantly pictorial tale of five days in Russia.
GAM Previews: 2012 Reno National Championship Air Races & Air Show The National Air Races have been held at Reno since 1964. This year was the first after the crash that killed 10 spectators and one participant so how the event would change this year and whether the racing would be significantly affected was a question on the mind of many. Rob Edgcumbe travelled to Reno for GAR to see.
Airshows >> USA: California Capital Airshow - Review Northern California does well for airshows, with a variety of events happening in the area over the year, all within striking distance of San Francisco. One of the newest events is the California Capital Airshow (CCA), which takes place at the former Mather Air Force Base, on the outskirts of Sacramento, in early September. Chris Wood was in the area for this year’s show and reports for GAR.
Airshows >> UK: Goodwood Revival 2012 Review As your author’s first time attending the Goodwood Revival, nothing can quite prepare you for the small world that lies beyond the ticket gates – it is as near as one can get to travelling back in time! I was overawed, but just to top it off, as myself and fellow GAR staff members Elliott and Greg Marsh arrived in the car park, The Fighter Collection’s (TFC) contingent for the weekend of P-47G Thunderbolt 'Snafu' and TF-51D Mustang 'Miss Velma' arrived and proceeded to display. The Revival made quite an impression from the off!
GAM Previews: Russian Air Force 100th Anniversary Airshow 2012 sees the Russian Air Force celebrate its 100th anniversary. To commemorate this momentous occasion in the organisation’s history, an international airshow was held at the famous Zhukovsky Airfield on the outskirts of Moscow. Steve Coe provides a very rounded story of his visit to the show; essential reading for anybody considering visiting Russia!
GAM Previews: Swiss F/A-18 Hornet from the Cockpit The F/A-18 Hornet is a multirole fighter aircraft currently operated by eight nations around the globe. Gareth Stringer sat down with the current Swiss Air Force Display Pilot, Captain Ralph ‘Deasy’ Knittel, to get the low-down on displaying the aircraft.
Airshows >> UK: RAFA Shoreham Airshow 2012 - Review The Royal Air Forces Association Shoreham Airshow once again lived up to its reputation as one of the premier “family friendly” air displays on the UK airshow calendar, delivering the usual pleasing mixture of vintage aircraft, modern military assets and civilian aerobatic displays that make this event so popular with the masses. Elliott Marsh was there for GAR. Additional photography by Chris Wood.
Airshows >> IWM Duxford Airshow 2012 The Imperial War Museum-organised air displays at Duxford airfield have long been considered some of the best ‘all-round’ aviation events in the country and recent years have seen some stirring line-ups assembled. The Duxford Airshow 2012 was no exception, with a tantalising mix of rare historic aircraft, perennial crowd-pleasers and a welcome return by some old favourites. Elliott Marsh reports from the ‘tank bank’, with additional photography by the GAR team.
Airshows >> UK: Little Gransden Families Air and Vintage Vehicle Show - Review If a certain well known Danish brewery did an airshow, it would probably be held at Fullers Hill Farm in Bedfordshire. Fullers Hill Farm is the home of Mark Jefferies and his back garden is better known as Little Gransden airfield, which has been home to an annual airshow for the last 20 years. Chris Wood reports from this year’s event, with additional imagery from Elliott Marsh.
Airshows >> UK: Cold War Jets Open Day 2012 - Review The Cold War Jets Collection at Bruntingthorpe held its second open day of the year over the traditional August bank holiday. Shaun Schofield donned his ear defenders and paid a visit.
Airshows >> UK: The Shuttleworth Pageant - Review There was cause for excitement amongst the aviation community at this year’s Shuttleworth Pageant, held on 2 September 2012 at Old Warden aerodrome in Bedfordshire, with the public flying début of The Vintage Aviator Limited’s wonderful Royal Aircraft Factory RE.8 and Albatros DVa reproductions. Elliott Marsh was there for GAR, with additional photography by Thomas Pitts.
Airshows >> UK: Airbourne At Eastbourne 2012 - Review This year saw the Sussex seaside town of Eastbourne holding its hugely popular Airbourne airshow for the twentieth time. Chris Wood was there to capture the action for GAR.
Airshows >> UK: Dunsfold Wings & Wheels 2012 - Review Now in its eleventh year, Wings and Wheels at Dunsfold Park has established itself as one of the most unique events in the airshow calendar. Greg Marsh reports on the Monday show for GAR with photography by Elliott Marsh.
Airshows >> Exclusive - Squadron Leader Ben Murphy on Miss Demeanour The last few weeks have seen former-Red Arrow Squadron Leader Ben Murphy converting on to Jonathon Whaley's unique Hawker Hunter, Miss Demeanour, and preparing for his first public displays, at Bournemouth Air Festival this weekend. Gareth Stringer sat down with him to hear all about it. Images as credited.
Airshows >> UK: Sywell Airshow 2012 - Review The bi-annual Sywell airshow is one of the true gems in the UK airshow calendar, with a history of attracting a wide range of participants. This year was no exception. Greg Marsh dons the sun block and reports for GAR. Images as credited.
Airshows >> UK: Headcorn Combined Ops - Review Held over the weekend of 11 & 12 August in (mostly) glorious sunshine, the Invicta Military-Vehicle Preservation Society Combined Ops event at the picturesque Headcorn aerodrome in the heart of Kent played host to a good variety of military vehicles and vintage aircraft. A lobster-red Elliott Marsh reports for GAR. Images as credited.
Airshows >> UK: Shuttleworth August Evening Show - Review For the second time in a week the skies over Old Warden were filled with the sounds of vintage aero engines for the Shuttleworth Collection’s August Evening Airshow. Huw Hopkins reports.
GAM Previews: AirVenture 2012 - Oshkosh Once a year a huge gathering of aviation enthusiasts of all types converge on Wisconsin. The official name of the event is AirVenture but, to most people, it is known simply as Oshkosh. Rob Edgcumbe and Mike Shreeve attended for Global Aviation Magazine.
GAM Previews: Aviation Profiles - Frédéric Akary In the latest of GAM’s Aviation Profiles series, Elliott Marsh talks motivations, aerobatics and all things Hawker Fury with Frédéric Akary, the former French National Aerobatic Team member whose displays in Sir Sydney Camm’s piston powerhouse have been a highlight of airshows across Europe for the last five years.
Airshows >> UK: Shuttleworth Military Pageant - Review Undeterred by a forecast that shifted from marginally pleasant to downright filthy, Elliott Marsh headed to Bedfordshire for the Shuttleworth Collection’s August Military Pageant, an airshow which promised much after a very difficult first half of the season at Old Warden.
GAM Previews: Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2012 - Review Shaun Schofield reports from Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2012, a show that produced countless highlights.
GAM Previews: Army Air Corps on Display in 2012 This year sees the Army Air Corps (AAC) sharing its public display duties between two teams – with both the Apache and Lynx appearing at events across the United Kingdom. Gareth Stringer met both teams and spoke to the man who pulls the whole thing together. Images as credited.
blogGAR: Six airshows and four jet flights in five weeks! Gareth takes a photographic look back at an intensive few weeks of airshow attendance, work and flying.
Airshows >>UK: Flying Legends 2012 review Flying Legends is always one of the most highly anticipated landmarks in the European airshow calendar. Elliott Marsh reports from Duxford as he reviews the 2012 event.
Airshows >> EUROPE: La Ferté-Alais 2012 review This year marked a grand occasion for the little hilltop airfield of La Ferté-Alais as it hosted the 40th Meeting Aérien. Huw Hopkins reports for GAR with additional photography from Elliott Marsh and Thomas Pitts.
Airshows >> UK: Waddington International Airshow 2012 - Review Karl Drage reports from Waddington International Airshow 2012, an event that promised much and delivered almost all of it, including the eagerly awaited European debut of the Republic of Korea Air Force's Black Eagles display team. Images as credited.
Airshows > UK >> Review - RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day 2012 Gareth Stringer reports from RNAS Yeovilton’s annual Air Day, a show which will be remembered as much for what might have been, as it will for some real highlights on the day. Images as credited.
Airshows >> UK: Review - Dawlish Air Show 2012 Dawlish Air Show has firmly established itself as one of the leading seaside airshows in the UK, going from strength to strength each year. This season’s event was the biggest yet, with a change of date to coincide with the town’s Jubilee celebrations. Shaun Schofield reports.
Airshows >> EUROPE: La Ferté-Alais 2012 arrivals day review Over the weekend of 25-27 May 2012, the GAR team once again visited the hallowed turf at La Ferté-Alais to attend the 40th Meeting Aerien. Elliott Marsh reports on the team’s experiences of the arrivals and practice day, with additional photography by Huw Hopkins and Thomas Pitts.
Airshows >> UK:Preview - Wickenby's 70th Birthday Airshow 2012 Wickenby Aerodrome is hosting its annual airshow, open weekend and fly-in ‘Wickenby Wings and Wheels 2012’ which is taking place on Father’s Day weekend, 16-17th June. Gareth Stringer spoke to Gerald Cooper about an airshow which should provide the ideal day out for the whole family. Images as credited.
Airshows >> USA: US Army Parachute Team - The Golden Knights The Golden Knights parachute display team undertakes demonstrations throughout the year on behalf of the US Army. Rob Edgcumbe caught up with them at Janesville, Wisconsin, and rode along on one of their flights for GAR.
Airshows >> USA: Chino Airshow 2012 - Review This year’s Chino Airshow took place in temperatures in the high 70s and drew a substantial crowd to this event organised by the Planes of Fame Air Museum, in conjunction with the County of San Bernadino, at California's Chino Airport to the east of Los Angeles. Mike Shreeve reports for GAR.
Airshows >> Review - Duxford Jubilee Airshow With celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics taking place in 2012, it was rather fitting that Duxford chose to theme its opening show of the season around both events. With a varied flying programme, and the rarity of a perfect weather forecast, Shaun Schofield ventured to Cambridgeshire to join in the fun.
Airshows >> UK: Exclusive - Jubilee tail for Hawker Hunter G-FFOX revealed Global Aviation Resource is delighted to reveal the new patriotic tail colours applied to Hunter Flight Academy's T.7A, G-FFOX. Images - Paul Brown.
Airshows >> Review - Abingdon Air and Country Show 2012 The season kicked off in fine – albeit chilly – fashion with the Abingdon Air & Country Show on 6 May 2012. With a varied line-up of modern military, historic and civilian aircraft, Abingdon was the perfect start to what is looking like a very promising airshow season. Elliott Marsh reports, with additional photography from the GAR team.
Airshows >> Preview - Abingdon Air and Country Show 2012 At last - it’s just about here! The 2012 airshow season is almost upon us and Gareth Stringer takes a look at what’s planned for this coming weekend’s Abingdon Air and Country Show. Images as credited.
Airshows>> Exclusive - Squadron Leader Ben Murphy joins Heritage Aviation Developments Ltd to display Miss Demeanour Heritage Aviation Developments Ltd is delighted to announce that Squadron Leader Ben Murphy will join Jonathon ‘Flapjack’ Whaley as one of Hawker Hunter Miss Demeanour’s display pilots.
Hold on to your hats - it's The Turbulent Team The Turbulent Team is one of the world’s oldest display teams and brings an energetic mix of classic barnstorming antics and formation flying to the airshow circuit – all of which is performed in a very distinctive, and rather small aircraft. Gareth Stringer met them to learn more. Images as credited.
Aviation News >> Neil McCarthy Flies Hunter T.7 WV318 On Sunday 25 March 2012, Neil McCarthy made his first flight in Hawker Hunter T.7 ‘WV318’ with a sortie from the aircraft’s current base at Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire to North Weald in Essex. Elliott Marsh was at North Weald to catch up with Neil and get a trainee Hunter pilot's perspective on flying this legendary aircraft. Additional photography by Gareth Stringer.
GAM Previews: Aviation Profiles - Paul Bonhomme Since obtaining his Private Pilot’s Licence at the age of 18, Paul Bonhomme has experienced the type of enviable career diversity most aviators can only dream of. With aircraft of a superbly diverse range filling his logbook – from Robinson R22 to Boeing 747 by way of everything from the ultra high performance Sbach 300 to the ubiquitous Supermarine Spitfire – Paul’s life in aviation has certainly been nothing if not varied. Elliott Marsh sat down with Paul to find out where it all began and more.
GAM Previews: The Last USN F-14 Tomcat Display On September 25th 2005 at approximately 2:52pm, one of the most iconic and popular fast jet displays on the United States airshow circuit came to an end. Carrying the star spangled banner and taxying in in front of an appreciative audience, the stunning retro-schemed F-14D Tomcat, coded AD-160 of VF-101 ‘Grim Reapers’ and flown by Lieutenants Jack ‘Rocco’ Tangredi and Joseph ‘Smokin’ Joe Ruzicka, had given the crowd at the 2005 NAS Oceana Airshow their last ever public Tomcat display. It was a moment tinged with great sadness and yet celebration of a superb service career with the United States Navy. Global Aviation Magazine’s Glenn Beasley was there.
Airshows >> UK: RAF Waddington International Airshow Secures RAAF Wedgetail The Royal Air Force Waddington International Airshow is thrilled to announce the participation of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and its Boeing 737 AEW&C Wedgetail aircraft at this year’s Airshow on 30th June and 1st July 2012.
Airshows >> UK: Exclusive - 2012 RAF Tucano Display Scheme Revealed Global Aviation Resource is delighted to reveal the 2012 Royal Air Force Tucano Display scheme and was the first media outlet to speak with this year's display pilot, Flt Lt Jon Bond. Gareth Stringer reports with imagery courtesy of the Team itself.
RAF Leuchars Becomes New Home For Typhoon Display Team The Royal Air Force Typhoon Display Team 2012 will be based at RAF Leuchars in Scotland with the pilot and ground support team being provided by Number 6 Squadron in addition to their Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) mission.
Vulcan XH558 - Winter Maintenance and 2012 Update With Dr Robert Pleming With the UK’s airshow season looming on a not-too-distant horizon, Gareth Stringer caught up with the the Vulcan to the Sky Trust’s Chief Executive, Dr Robert Pleming, to discuss the chances of XH558 playing her part in a unique year and whether it could be the last opportunity to see her.
Airshows >> UK: Jubilee Schemed Tucano Breaks Cover As images of a Jubilee schemed Tucano from RAF Linton-on-Ouse emerged yesterday, GAR contacted the 2012 Tucano Display Team for an update on this year's plans for its own specially painted aircraft - Gareth Stringer reports.
Airshows >> USA > CA: Cable Airshow 2012 - Review Traditionally the first airshow of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, Cable Airport, to the east of Los Angeles, held its 37th annual event during the traditional first weekend in January. Mike Shreeve reports for GAR.
Airshows >> UK:Team Viper - Thank you and Farewell Last night's breaking news that Team Viper and its Hawker Hunters will no longer be operating on the display circuit dismayed airshow goers, many of whom expressed their disappointment but also thanked the Team for what it had done over the past three years. This morning, Gareth Stringer caught up with Viper's Gerald Williams for an exclusive chat.
blogGAR: The Ground Side of Airshows One of the major talking points of this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo was, ironically, not about aircraft but the concert by Alexandra Burke, which generated a lot of criticism from many enthusiasts who felt booking the 2008 X Factor winner was not the done thing for a military airshow. Mark explores 'The Ground Side of Airshows'....
GAM Previews: WZ507 and The Vampire Preservation Group If you're a regular British airshows attendee, there's a good chance you'll have seen de Havilland Vampire T.11 WZ507 being displayed for your viewing pleasure at some point in the last decade. Those seven minutes of entertainment come at an awfully high cost to the individuals who maintain and operate the Vampire; a cost which stunned Elliott Marsh when he met with Vampire pilot Mark Hooton for a chat about exactly what goes into keeping this lovely vintage jet flying.
Airshows >> US > NV: Nellis AFB's 'Aviation Nation 2011' - Review November sees the end of the airshow season in the USA, and there are a number of events that wrap up the season. One of them is at Nellis AFB near Las Vegas, Nevada, where the open house, known as Aviation Nation, has become a major feature on the American airshow calendar. Chris Wood was there for GAR.
Airshows >> USA > CA: NAS Lemoore Airshow 2011 - Review 2011 is the Centennial of US Naval Aviation (CoNA) and in celebration a number of US Navy establishments have opened their gates to the public. Over the middle weekend of October it was the turn of NAS Lemoore, in California’s Central Valley, to host an airshow, the first here for a number of years. Chris Wood was in attendance for GAR.