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blogGAR: Sywell Aviation Museum Opens its Doors in 2012 With the airshow season creeping tantalisingly close, Huw was tempted up to Sywell Aerodrome, seeking his first warbird display of the year at the annual Sywell Aviation Museum Opening.
GAM Previews: Issue 7 - May 2012 With the latest edition of Global Aviation Magazine now live, let’s take a look at what’s inside…..
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.
blogGAR: Amsterdam-Schipol in the Fog - Part 1 Wanting to get some of the current crop of European 'heavies' in the bag before they've all disappeared, Karl headed off to Amsterdam-Schipol in search of MD-11s and 747-400s in particular.
blogGAR: RAF Brize Norton and Fairford With the country enveloped in such glorious weather recently, it would have been rude to have not taken advantage and enjoy a spot of photography. Shaun Schofield did just that with visits to RAF Brize Norton and RAF Fairford in the Cotswolds.
Aviation News >> Global Aviation Magazine Goes Truly Global Global Aviation Magazine (GAM) is delighted to announce a brand new partnership with Magazine Cloner Ltd.
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.
News >> Lower North Fork Fire, Colorado Colorado has just experienced its driest March on record and already another fire season has begun. Paul Filmer reports from Colorado on the first large wildfire for the 2012 season, the Lower North Fork Fire.
Aviation Events >> Buccaneer S.2B XW544 Rollout Event at Bruntingthorpe Saturday 24 March 2012 was a very special day for the Bruntingthorpe-based Buccaneer Aviation Group, as its members rolled out to the public their immaculate Buccaneer S.2B XW544, looking stunning in its new 16 Squadron paint scheme. Greg Marsh guest reports on the event for GAR, with photography by Elliott Marsh.
blogGAR: Beluga Hunting at Hawarden - 'Like Looking in the Mirror' Geoff Hibbert and Karl Drage took the trip to Hawarden in search of a very unusual aircraft - Airbus' A300-600ST (Super Transporter), affectionately known as the 'Beluga'. Here's Geoff's take on the day.
blogGAR: Hawker Hunter Aviation (HHA) at RNAS Yeovilton With RNAS Yeovilton now primarily a helicopter station, the roar of fast jets is seldom heard these days. So, when Shaun Schofield learned of Hawker Hunter Aviation (HHA) deploying its three Hunters to the base, what better opportunity to get out and about with the camera for the first time in 2012?!
Aviation Events >> East Kirkby's Avro Lancaster NX611 'Just Jane' Special Access Photography Event The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby held its first event of 2012 on Saturday March 17th, presenting visitors with the unique opportunity to photograph resident Avro Lancaster B Mk.VII NX611 'Just Jane' in its natural environment. Elliott Marsh was there for GAR, with additional images from Thomas Pitts.
blogGAR: Jeffco Air Tanker Base Ramps Up for the Season As another fire fighting season kicks into gear the tanker bases across the United States step up their preparations. Paul Filmer heads to Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Colorado.
Aviation News >> Harrier ZD461 Arrives at IWM Duxford Wednesday 14th March saw the third and final delivery of a Harrier GR.9A for preservation following the type’s retirement in December of 2010, with the arrival of ZD461/51A at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. Martin Needham guest reports for GAR.
Aviation News >> Duxford's Vampire T.11 WZ590 rolls out The results of four years' work were evident at Duxford on Tuesday 13 March when de Havilland Vampire T.11 WZ590 was formally rolled out at the end of a painstaking conservation effort. Providing a distinctive contrast to an otherwise dull and gloomy day, WZ590 looked resplendent in a fresh coat of dayglo. Lindsay Peacock was there for GAR.
Aviation Events >> UK: Friends of The Fighter Collection (FoTFC) Evening With the start of the UK airshow season less than two months away, The Fighter Collection (TFC) invited both members and non-members of its supporters' club, 'The Friends', into Hangar 2 at Imperial War Museum Duxford for an after-hours event to showcase the Collection and to promote the annual Flying Legends Airshow organised by TFC. Thomas Pitts reports for GAR, with additional imagery from Huw Hopkins and Elliott Marsh.
blogGAR: Wales, Heathrow and RAF Marham – February Review From the arctic conditions of the Welsh valleys to the balmy rolling fields of Norfolk, February brought three days out, combining civilian and military action. Glenn reviews his travels in the month of February.
Aviation News >> UK: The Shuttleworth Collection's Grumman FM-2 Wildcat, N49JC On 19 February 2012 the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden airfield in Bedfordshire took delivery of their latest acquisition: Grumman FM-2 Wildcat N49JC. Elliott Marsh reports for GAR, with imagery by Huw Hopkins.
GAM Previews: WIWOL - When I Was On Lightnings Part 2 In this, the second part of his feature on the English Electric Lightning, Gareth Stringer asked Jon Fynes about squadron life and his season displaying the aircraft in 1987 as the last Royal Air Force pilot to do so.
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.
GAM Previews: Royal Singapore Air Force Museum The Asian city-state of Singapore has one of the most prosperous economies in Asia and indeed the world. Its armed forces operate some of the most advanced equipment available and are considered to be the best-equipped in the region. The Republic of Singapore Air Force maintains a small but very interesting museum at Paya Lebar Airbase, which traces the history of the air arm from independence to its current potent incarnation. Paul Dunn pays a visit for Global Aviation Magazine.
GAM Previews: Eclipse Aerospace In 2008, Eclipse Aviation entered bankruptcy protection and the fleet of aircraft that had already been built looked like they might become orphans. However, a group of interested owners grouped together to form Eclipse Aerospace. Rob Edgcumbe reports for GAM on their efforts to support the existing aircraft and produce new aircraft.
GAM Previews: Brooks Fuel - A Retrospective The name Roger Brooks is synonymous with the spirit of true outback flying in harsh conditions with old propliners. Roger is, of course, the founder of Brooks Air Fuel based in Fairbanks, Alaska. When Paul Filmer sat down with him to chat about the operation, little did he realise that this would end up becoming a retrospective piece.
GAM Previews: Mildenhall's C-135s - Then and Now RAF Mildenhall’s association with Boeing’s venerable ‘135 is a long one, spanning some five decades, and here Bob Archer takes a look back at some of the aircraft that have been found at the Suffolk airfield through the years. All images Bob Archer or The Bob Archer Collection.
blogGAR: Operation ELLAMY Mission Marks at RAF Marham When Glenn first mentioned a day out at RAF Marham, Karl wasn't convinced by the weather forecast but ultimately succumbed and ended up having a good day Operation ELLAMY mission mark hunting in Norfolk.
blogGAR: Sunny, Snowy Scenes at London-Luton Airport After the Thursday night's snowfall, and with a decent forecast for the Saturday, it would have been rude not to head out to capture some more snowy - hopefully with a bit of sun thrown in this time - shots. Karl heads back to London-Luton Airport.
blogGAR: Snowy Scenes at London-Luton Airport An all-too-rare covering of snow prompted Karl to make a Sunday morning trip to London-Luton Airport to shoot some aircraft - and gave him the perfect excuse to go out driving in it!
blogGAR: Kenn Borek Air Migration Through Colorado Kenn Borek's sizeable fleet of DHC-6 and BT67 (or DC-3T) aircraft provide air-support for the many operations at each pole throughout the year, as well as fulfilling other tasks throughout the world, but here it's the Polar fleet that Paul Filmer captures arriving and departing.
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.
Military Aviation >> Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP) Flying Course 2012-1 February 10th saw the first Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP) Flying Course of 2012 wrap up at Los Llanos Air Base, near Albacete in Spain. Two days earlier the base had opened its gates to a group of aviation photographers, to give them an opportunity to witness the TLP's activities. Chris Wood reports for GAR from a typically sunny, but unusually cold, Spain.
Military Aviation >> Twenty Years of Eagles at RAF Lakenheath On the 21st February 1992 a new era of aircraft operations commenced at RAF Lakenheath with the arrival of the first F-15E Strike Eagle. It’s hard to believe that the F-111Fs of the 48th Fighter Wing left these shores 20 years ago, as David Mackey guest reports for Global Aviation Resource. Images as credited.
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.
blogGAR: Runway 08 Ops at RAF Brize Norton With Issue 5 of Global Aviation Magazine all but put to bed, a perfect forecast and the knowledge that GAR's own John Higgins was planning a day at RAF Brize Norton, Karl couldn't resist and had to join him.
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.
Aviation News >> Neil McCarthy – UK Ambassador for the European Federation for Historic Aviation Gareth Stringer caught up with Neil McCarthy to hear more about his appointment as UK Ambassador for the European Federation for Historic Aviation, the Federation’s overall aims and how he wants YOU to get involved.
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.
blogGAR: Steamy Arrivals and Topside Departures - Runway 09 Operations at London-Heathrow Airport With a free Saturday, an evening appointment with an Airbus A320 simulator at Cranebank, easterly winds and the potential for some 'interesting' conditions, Karl simply had to spend the early part of the day in the fields surrounding Heathrow Airport.
blogGAR: Snapping in a Winter Wonderland January can be a depressing time. You’ve enjoyed the Christmas festivities, eaten your body weight in turkey (which, in the author's case, is an achievement in itself), drunk enough alcohol to make an enemy of your liver for life and sniffled through Pat Butcher’s death on New Year’s Day. There are no airshows for another four months, the days are still short, the weather’s often grim and your finances are at a yearly low. But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, as Elliott hits the road to find out...
GAM Previews: USS George H.W. Bush Following on from GAR’s visit to “The Bush” on its Liberty port visit to Portsmouth, UK, we were privileged to accept an invitation to join the carrier at sea. Paul Dopson reports from the United States Navy’s 6th Fleet area of operations, somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea.
GAM Previews: WIWOL - When I Was On Lightings The English Electric Lightning. A true classic from the Cold War, a supersonic interceptor that remained in Royal Air Force service from 1959 until 1988 and is still remembered fondly by all those who saw it. But what was the aircraft like to fly? Gareth Stringer travelled to the RAF Museum at Cosford to meet someone who would be able to tell him exactly that.
GAM Previews: 25 Years of the Airbus A320 It is now 25 years since the Airbus A320 made its maiden flight. Since then, the aircraft has proved a remarkable success for Airbus and continues to sell in large numbers. Paul Dunn takes a look at the history of this revolutionary airliner.
GAM Previews: The China Aviation Museum - Datangshan There really is no other museum collection quite like the China Aviation Museum at Datangshan. The museum is enormous, with lots of aircraft on display, including some unique types which are not to be seen anywhere else. Paul Dunn reports for GAM.
GAM Previews: Aviation Profiles - Clay Lacy There are many legendary names in the aviation business but one that will always be high on the list is Clay Lacy. Rob Edgcumbe sat down with him for GAM to learn about his many exploits in aviation and the business he continues to run.
GAM Previews: USAF Piston-Power With an archive full of stunning imagery from a different time, Lindsay Peacock once again delves right into it as this time he celebrates USAF Piston-Power.
GAM Previews: Up, Up and Away! Searching for good weather for some training flights and taking part in the first UK balloon meet of the year, Paul Dopson reports on all things ballooning.
blogGAR: Some New Year Sunsets at London-Stansted Airport Karl recalls his first outing of 2012, yet another visit to Stansted, and one that would provide two 747-8Fs and, finally, a few sunset shots.
Aviation News >> Boeing's 787 Dreamliner World Tour Boeing has been taking one of its 787 development aircraft on a tour of locations relevant to the program. Rob Edgcumbe caught up with the tour in Rockford, Illinois, USA and reports for GAR.
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.
blogGAR - How I Learned to Love the Space Race Gareth Stringer takes a look at one of his true passions, the space race, and the strong connection between aviation and the project to put a man on the moon.
blogGAR: Inspired by the past, facing the future In his first blog of 2012 Glenn Beasley shares his first images of the new year captured in some very fine winter weather. He also shares his thoughts regarding the prospects for 2012 and recovers a few previously lost treasures from his early digital SLR experiences.
Aviation News >> Connie Comes Home - N548GF / 53-548 EC-121T Warning Star Arrives at New Yanks Air Museum Home Saturday 14 January 2012 saw the long-awaited arrival of the Yanks Air Museum's Lockheed EC-121T Warning Star 53-548/N548GF at Chino. Mike Shreeve was there and reports for GAR.
Aviation History >> London Heathrow Airport 1979 Part 2 1979 was Paul Filmer's first year at work and his first year at British Airways and, having so many pictures to show for it, we decided to split the story in half. Here he follows on from Heathrow Airport 1979 Part 1 and recalls more memories from London.
blogGAR: Elliott's New Year Catch-up Despite the traditional post-airshow season lull being in full effect, Elliott has still managed to spend most of his free time seeking out sparkly things with wings to photograph.
Aviation News >> Air Spray L-188 Electra from Honduras Air Force It's always nice to see an aircraft that everyone assumes will never fly again get a new lease of life against all the odds. This is exactly what has happened to an L-188 Electra that has been rescued from Honduras by Air Spray of Canada. Paul Filmer reports from Casper, Wyoming where maintenance issues forced an extended stay.
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: Stansted - British Airways (BA) World Cargo 747-8F and Friends Following on from Karl's last blogGAR entry, he returns to London-Stansted Airport twice more in search of 747s, both new and old.
GAM Previews: Sydney Kingsford-Smith International Airport Handling around 35 million passengers each year, Sydney Airport is the busiest airport in Australia and the major international gateway for visitors to the country. Paul Dunn takes a look at some of the operators that can be found at this important airport.
GAM Previews: The Sbach 300 Paul Fiddian, a self-confessed lover of all things aerobatic, explores the development of the latest big name player to have emerged on the scene and talks to the aircraft’s designer Philipp Steinbach in the process.