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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.
Military Aviation >> 101 Sqn Celebrates 50 Years of the VC10 On 29 June 1962, the Vickers-Armstrong VC10 flew for the first time. A little over 50 years later, Wg Cdr Kev Brookes, Officer Commanding 101 Squadron, planned to take advantage of the fact that all three variants of the aircraft remaining in Royal Air Force service were in the UK concurrently – and for the last time ahead of retirement - to launch a three aircraft formation on a tour around the UK. Karl Drage and John Higgins were present at RAF Brize Norton to witness it. Words – Karl Drage, additional imagery - Neil Dunridge.
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: WACO Reunion 2012 Vintage biplanes are always interesting to see. Get a whole bunch of them together in a small grass airstrip on a sunny summer’s weekend and things are considerably better. The WACO Reunion is one such event. Global Aviation Magazine went along to see what it was all about.
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: Lockheed's T-33 Shooting Star Lindsay Peacock's photo archive is a gift that keeps on giving, and this time around he looks back at Lockheed's first jet aircraft - the unmistakable T-33 Shooting Star - a type which, despite first flying some 64 years ago, can still be found earning its keep in very small numbers to this day.
GAM Previews: Israeli Air Force Museum - Hatzerim Hatzerim Air Base not only plays a hugely significant role within the Israeli Air Force of today but also has the responsibility for remembering and preserving the Israeli Air Force of yesterday.
GAM Previews: F-15 Eagle at 40 40 years after the F-15 Eagle’s first flight, Glenn Beasley examines the ever-evolving life of the aircraft to date and plans for the next iteration.
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.
GAM Previews: Air Force Reserve Command - AFRC The Air Force Reserve Command supplies people and equipment to support the USAF on operations worldwide, whilst at the same time maintaining a strategic reserve force that can be called upon in times of national emergency. Paul Dunn visits the 79th Air Refueling Squadron at Travis AFB, California, to learn more about the organisation and role of the reserve forces.
Beech Starships at Centennial Airport in Colorado These days, it's unusual to see an active Beech Starship, and with only five left out of the 53 manufactured, they are now spread very thinly across the USA.
Aviation News >> Global Aviation Magazine - FREE Preview Issue We're delighted to announce some important changes to Global Aviation Magazine, including the availability of a FREE preview issue, and our social network, The Hangar.
Military Aviation >> USA: Red Flag 12-4 - The Colombian Connection The most recent exercise at Nellis AFB was Red Flag 12-4, which took place from 16-27th of July, in the intense heat of the Nevada desert. Paul Filmer reports from Nellis AFB on the first visit from the Colombian Air Force.
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.
Aviation News >> Global Aviation Resource and ‘Get in to Flying’ join forces Global Aviation Resource is delighted to announce that new website, ‘Get in to Flying’, has become part of the GAR family.
blogGAR: Dove, Firefly and 27R Line-Up Shots at London-Heathrow Airport Karl's catch-up moves on to the month of May and a visit to London-Heathrow in search of BA's Olympic specials and some different shots from the northside.
blogGAR: Belugas at Hawarden and a stop-off at Manchester-Ringway Long range plans seldom come off but this was one such occasion. Pencilled in some six weeks in advance, Karl and Geoff travelled to the Airbus facility at Hawarden in the hope (and mild expectation) of a Beluga or two.
GAM Previews: Västerås Flygmuseum Frank Grealish’s passion for air-to-air photography continues to grow, so when he was invited to Sweden to photograph a significant number of the aircraft resident at the Västerås Flygmuseum, it was an opportunity he simply had to take up. It’s not hard to see why this is Frank’s ‘thing’!
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: Fairchild Republic's A-10 Thunderbolt II at 40 Forty years ago, the prototype of the A-10 made its first flight. Despite several attempts to get rid of it, the A-10 still provides an unbeatable capability, and GAM traveled to Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ, to see how new pilots are trained on the aircraft and the operations of a front line squadron. Rob Edgcumbe reports.
GAM Previews: Exercise Anatolian Eagle 12/2 With some of the most sophisticated facilities in the world, the beautiful Konya Air Base in Turkey is home to the Anatolian Eagle Training Center, from where a series of exercises is flown each year with the specific aim of providing realistic training for Turkey’s armed forces. The second of such exercises in 2012 also included significant foreign involvement as Kev Daws reports for Global Aviation Magazine.
GAM Previews: Cape Town International Airport Cape Town International Airport is one of the leading airports in Africa, with ambitions to expand and grow further. Paul Dunn travels to South Africa to visit the recently upgraded airport terminal and meet the airport's General Manager, Deon Cloete.
GAM Previews: Drag-'Em-Oot Early June is synonymous with D-Day in Western Europe. As has now become the tradition, several Allied Nations from World War 2 commemorate the events of 6 June 1944 through a whole range of activites, with the primary purpose of acknowledging the phenomenally brave actions of those that took part. When I was invited to fly alongside Douglas C-47A Skytrain “Drag-‘Em-Oot” – herself a D-Day veteran - as she made her way to Lee-on-Solent at the start of her own now regular involvement in proceedings, it was an opportunity that was simply too good to miss.
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.
Military Aviation >> USA: Red Flag 12-3 The last Red Flag exercise held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, took place between 27 February and 16 March and was the longest one so far this year, spanning three weeks instead of the usual two. Paul Filmer reports from Nevada.
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.
blogGAR: AIRBASE at Coventry-Baginton Airport Continuing his blogGAR catch-up, Karl takes us back to the meeting at AIRBASE for a piece on the Classic Aircraft Trust for Global Aviation Magazine
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.
blogGAR: North Weald's Air Britain Fly-in In the post La-Ferté Alais depression and with a few weeks until the next airshow, Huw decided to head along to North Weald on Sunday the 10th of June to sample the Air Britain Classic Fly-in for the first time, where he also met up with Dean West and Elliott and Greg Marsh.
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.
blogGAR: Amsterdam-Schipol in the Fog - Part 2 After a lengthy absence from the blogging sphere, Karl starts his catch-up with the second and final part of his February trip to Amsterdam's Schipol Airport.
GAM Previews: Issue 9 - July 2012 With a new issue of Global Aviation Magazine now available, let's take a look at what's inside.....
Aviation News >> UK: Bill Ramsey on The People's Mosquito Bill Ramsey, current QFI and Vulcan display pilot, former BBMF Lancaster and Dakota pilot, Tutor display pilot and Wing Commander Red Arrows, has asked GAR to publish this piece on his involvement with The People's Mosquito restoration project. Images as credited.
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.
blogGAR: Shaun's May Review - RNAS Yeovilton and Op Wyvern Tor May traditionally brings with it the start of the airshow season and the subsequent early starts, long drives and, of course, aircraft, for the ensuing five months. Having had to wait a little longer than he had hoped for to get his season underway, Shaun found other ways to keep himself entertained.
Aviation Events >> USA: 128th ARW Open House, Milwaukee, WI As the summer approaches, there are many air shows taking place across the United States. While some of these will be major events, some locations will provide a smaller scale opportunity to share with the local community the work that they do. Rob Edgcumbe reports from one such event.
GAM Previews: Issue 8 - June 2012 Gareth Stringer tells us about Issue 8 of Global Aviation Magazine on the same day as we reach the grand old age of three!
Aviation Events >> RAF Northolt Night Photoshoot XII On Wednesday the 9th of May RAF Northolt hosted its most popular nightshoot to date. Huw Hopkins reports, with additional photography from the GAR team.
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.
blogGAR: ...Las Vegas Two Times Unlike some other GAR writers, Paul Dunn is not exactly a Las Vegas regular! Here he shares some photos from two recent trips to the city.
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.
blogGAR >> First Quarter 2012 Round-Up Paul Filmer blogs on his outings during the first few months of 2012; outings that have seen him shooting a wide variety of different types of aircraft in very different settings.
Military Aviation >> Exercise Olympic Guardian at RAF Northolt Yesterday four Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons arrived at RAF Northolt to signify the start of Exercise Olympic Guardian, an eight-day exercise designed to bring together and test the various agencies providing security during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Karl Drage reports for GAR.
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.
Exercise Frisian Flag 2012 Exercise Frisian Flag 2012 was held at Leeuwarden Air Base in The Netherlands from April 16th to April 27th. Mike Kruiper guest reports from the biggest NATO exercise in Europe, with almost fifty participating aircraft. All images courtesy of Mike Kruiper.
Aviation News >> Thomson's New Colours Applied to 767 G-OBYG Following on from last week's unveiling of Thomson Airways' new colours, John Higgins visited Manchester Airport this morning to capture the first of the company's aircraft to be painted in the new scheme, Boeing 767-304/ER, G-OBYG.
Military Aviation >> 3 (Fighter) Squadron 100th Anniversary Commemorative Markings No 3 (Fighter) Squadron has today released photographs of one of its Typhoon aircraft in a commemorative anniversary paint scheme.
Aviation Events >> RAF Northolt Night Photoshoot XI Thursday 12th April saw RAF Northolt stage the latest of its successful night photoshoots. John Higgins was there for GAR. Images as credited.
Aviation News >> UK: Bruntingthorpe hosts unique event to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of The Falklands Conflict Bruntingthorpe’s Cold War Jets Open Day on Sunday 6th May will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict with some quite unique appearances. Images as credited.