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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.
GAM Previews: FM-2 Wildcat Recovery - Lake Michigan The bottom of Lake Michigan might not be the first place you would think to look for WWII vintage warbirds. However, it is a treasure trove if you know what you are doing. Recently, a Grumman Wildcat was recovered and Rob Edgcumbe met with the team responsible for bringing it back to find out how you go about saving an aircraft that sank 70 years ago.
Aviation News >> Christmas and New Year Message from Global Aviation Resource With Christmas rapidly approaching, and 2013 just over the horizon, it's time to take a quick look back at 2012 and ahead to what the next twelve months has in store.
GAM Previews: Top o' the Sears If you want to have a TV antenna serving a large area, putting it on top of the highest building for hundreds of miles makes a lot of sense. If you want to replace it though, your options are a bit limited. Rob Edgcumbe joined the team undertaking this task.
Aviation News >> Puma HC1 Flies Last Sortie From RAF Benson - with the Puma HC2 It was the end of an era today when the Puma HC1 flew its last sortie at RAF Benson - with the Puma HC2. Images as credited.
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.
Aviation News >> Changes afoot at GAR as Global Aviation Magazine celebrates its first birthday. As Global Aviation Magazine celebrates its first birthday. we take a brief look back at the past 12 months and reveal some important changes and additions to the GAR team. Images as credited.
Aviation Events >> Pilots With Diabetes Set National Speed Record On Saturday 1st September 2012, six pioneering pilots set out in their aircraft in an attempt to set a national speed record between the cities of Derby & Southampton whilst flying in formation. GAR’s Thomas Pitts went flying with them as part of the support crew.
Aviation News >> USA: High Park and Springer Fires in Colorado In June, Colorado saw two hugely destructive fires in quick succession, and, while he was not in the country for the whole time these fires burned, Paul Filmer was able to capture some interesting movements at Jeffco Tanker Base.
Aviation News >> Pilots With Diabetes To Set National Speed Record At 11 a.m. on Saturday 1 September 2012, six pilots with insulin treated diabetes will launch UK Diabetes Formation Flight from Nottingham Airport, aiming to set a new national formation speed record from Derby to Southampton and create history.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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>> 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.
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 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.
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…..
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.
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 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.
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 >> 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Aviation News: 29(R) Squadron Unveils English Electric Lighting Gate Guard 'XP765' 29 (Reserve) Squadron today rolled out English Electric Lightning F.6 XS897 in full 29 Squadron markings during a private ceremony at the Squadron's RAF Coningsby home station. The aircraft has been modified and painted to represent Lightning F.3 XP765 that served with 29 during the 1960s and '70s.
Military Aviation: IV Squadron Reborn at RAF Valley Yesterday RAF Valley was the stage for an important moment in RAF history. 19(Reserve) Squadron, the unit formerly responsible for fast jet tactical weapons training, was disbanded and, in its place, IV(Reserve) Squadron reformed to become the Hawk T2 unit and take the UK’s fast jet training forward into the future. To add to this occasion, 208(Reserve) Squadron, the unit responsible for Hawk T1 fast jet flying training, received a new Royal Standard. All images - Corporal Mark Dixon - Royal Air Force.
Aviation News: Deputy Prime Minister Visits RAF Waddington to Pay Tribute to UK Armed Forces’ Role in NATO’s Campaign Over Libya With NATO declaring the end of sanctioned military operations over Libya, the Royal Air Force, Army Air Corps and Royal Navy air assets are now home from what the UK titled Operation ELLAMY. Gareth Stringer was at RAF Waddington as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg dropped by to welcome some of them home. Images – Karl Drage.
Aviation News: Global Aviation Resource launches Global Aviation Magazine Global Aviation Resource has today launched a brand new product to the world of aviation publishing – Global Aviation Magazine.
Airshows >> UK: Flt Lt Jon Egging – Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team Global Aviation Resource offers a few words following the tragic death of the Red Arrows' Flt Lt Jon Egging.
Military Aviation >> Royal Air Force: Hawk T.2 Gathers Pace at RAF Valley After more than three decades as the RAF's sole advanced jet trainer, the Hawk T.1 has now been joined on the flightline at RAF Valley by its younger and much more modern incarnation, the Hawk T.2. Gareth Stringer reports with images as credited.
Airshows >> UK: Statement from Jonathon Whaley - Fuel Venting From Miss Demeanour Jonathon Whaley has asked us to issue the following statement regarding Miss Demeanour's fuel venting at last weekend's Cotswold Airshow.
Emergency Services >> Aerial Firefighting: Wallow Fire, Arizona The arrival of summer in Arizona has brought some very serious wildfires to the state. Paul Dunn reports on the aerial firefighting efforts to contain the Wallow Fire.
Military Aviation >> US Navy: CVN-77 USS George H. W. Bush The entry into UK waters of a United States Navy (USN) aircraft carrier always causes something of a stir and the first visit of CVN-77, the USS George H.W. Bush, was no exception as it rested in Stokes Bay, Portsmouth between May 27th and May 31st after its participation in Exercise Saxon Warrior 2011. Glenn Beasley went aboard to find out more.
Warbirds >> P-51D Mustang 'Big Beautiful Doll' Leaves the UK On Saturday 9 April 2011, P-51D Mustang 'Big Beautiful Doll' left the United Kingdom for Bremgarten, Germany, where it joins the expanding collection of vintage warbirds at the Air Fighter Academy. Elliott Marsh visited former owner Rob Davies' private airfield at Woodchurch to witness the departure of this British airshow legend.
Military Aviation >> Royal Air Force > XIII Squadron Ceases Flying Friday, May 6th 2011, saw XIII Squadron fly the Tornado GR.4 for the last time. While tinged with sadness, the overall tone of the message coming out of RAF Marham was that this was more of a restructuring process than an out and out cut. Karl Drage was there to report for GAR.
Airshows >> UK: Vulcan XH558's First Training Flight From New Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport Home On the 26th April XH558, the Vulcan bomber, took to the skies for the first time from her new home of Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport ahead of what is hoped to be a full season of appearances at airshows up and down the UK. Glenn Beasley was there for GAR to find out how the Delta Lady has settled into her new home and what the purpose of the flight was.
Airshows >> UK: Royal Air Force's 22 Gp Pilots Get the Green Light to Display Yesterday was a successful one all round for the Royal Air Force's 22 Gp airshow pilots as the Tutor, Hawk and Tucano display pilots received their clearance to display in public. Joining them was the King Air solo display which returns for a fourth year on the circuit as Gareth Stringer reports. Images as credited.
Military Aviation >> USA > Exercises: National Disaster Medical System Exercise The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) is a federally coordinated system which establishes a single integrated medial response capability for assisting local and state authorities in dealing with major peacetime disasters. Paul Filmer reports from Colorado on the latest NDMS Exercise.
Balloons & Blimps: A Goodyear for Road Safety The iconic Goodyear blimp recently returned to the United Kingdom to commence the 2011 Goodyear Safety Tour, promoting the company's road safety initiatives across 20 European countries. Elliott Marsh goes blimp hunting for GAR.
Airshows >> UK: Abingdon Air and Country Show 2011 - Preview The Abingdon Air and Country Show is for many of the UK's airshow fans a traditional season curtain raiser. This year's event takes place on Sunday 8th May, despite the difficulties it faced last year, and looks set to provide a solid flying display with much to see on the ground. Organiser Neil Porter helps Gareth Stringer assess last year's issues and explains why the show must go on. Images as credited.
Airshows >> UK: 2011 Royal Air Force Tucano Display Pilot - Flt Lt Dan Hayes Following on from our reveal of the 2011 Tucano Display Scheme, it's high time that we introduced the man charged with displaying to the public in the forthcoming airshow season, Flt Lt Dan Hayes, and his Display Manager, Flt Lt Nathan Dales. Karl Drage reports from RAF Linton-on-Ouse, with exclusive PlanesTV video content and a glimpse of the actual display scheme on the aircraft in question.
Airshows >> UK: Vulcan training day at Wellesbourne - XM655 Helps XH558 With the airshow season rapidly approaching, the aircrew who will display the world’s only flying example of the Vulcan recently completed a vital day of training using another airframe for the job. Gareth Stringer was there for GAR.
Airshows >> UK: 2011 Royal Air Force Hawk Display Scheme Revealed Continuing our series of Royal Air Force airshow exclusives, Global Aviation Resource reveals the scheme to be worn by display pilot Flt Lt Jules Fleming’s Hawk T.1 aircraft. Gareth Stringer reports.
Aviation News: Welcome Home - Vulcan XH558 returns to Doncaster On the 29th March 2011, Vulcan XH558 moved to her new home, Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport, formerly RAF Finningley where she served with the RAF during the Cold War. Glenn Beasley was there for GAR to witness her arrival.
Airshows >> UK: 2011 Royal Air Force Tucano Display Scheme Revealed Global Aviation Resource is delighted to exclusively reveal the scheme that this year’s Royal Air Force Tucano Display aircraft will be wearing at airshows across the UK and beyond. Gareth Stringer reports with images as credited.
Military Aviation >> Royal Air Force > Tornado F.3: Tremblers' Farewell - the end of the Tornado F.3 The Tornado F.3 defended the skies of the UK for some 25 years. 111(F) Squadron, the last remaining operator of the type, disbanded on the 22nd March, signalling the end of the Tornado F.3's service with the Royal Air Force. Gareth Stringer looks back at the history while Glenn Beasley reports from RAF Leuchars on the end of an era.
Emergency Services >> Aerial Firefighting: Burning Tree Wildfire, CO, USA The battle against the Indian Gulch Fire continued since last week's update. The affected area has grown to 1502 acres but firefighters have begun to contain the blaze. Paul Filmer reports on the latest wildfire situation in Colorado.
Airshows >> UK: Flt Lt Shaun Kimberley - 2011 Royal Air Force Tutor Display Pilot Despite recent cuts to the Royal Air Force training pipeline, public displays by 22 Group aircraft remain a crucial element of the engagement strategy. Gareth Stringer travelled to RAF Cranwell to meet the man taking over Tutor display duties for 2011.
Emergency Services >> Aerial Firefighting: Indian Gulch Wildfire, CO, USA It's not even the end of March and Colorado has already seen two wildfires that required aviation firefighting assets. Meanwhile the experts are suggesting that this season has all the ingredients of a busy one. Paul Filmer reports on recent events.
Military Aviation >> Royal Navy > Jetstream: End of the line for Royal Navy's 'Flying Classroom' After almost 38 years the venerable Jetstream has finally left UK military service. Operated by both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy, it was 750 NAS which was the final user of the type and, on March 14th, the Squadron flew its last sortie as a Jetstream operator. Karl Drage looks back at the aircraft's history, with imagery as credited.
Military Aviation >> US Air Force > T-38 Talon: Northrop's White Rocket - Fifty Years of Training Excellence On the 17th March 1961, the USAF accepted the first examples of a new advanced jet trainer into service. Fifty years on, the type is still giving sterling service with little sign of a replacement on the horizon. Paul Dunn pays tribute to the Northrop T-38 Talon.
Airshows >> UK: RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2011 Press Launch & Preview Paul Fiddian reports from RNAS Yeovilton which held a Press Launch to preview Air Day 2011 on 11 March. The weather was dreary but the flying was top notch and, on the evidence presented, this year's event's shaping up very well...
Aviation News >> USAF > Boeing wins USAF KC-X tanker contract - again On February 24th 2011 the United States Department of Defence (DoD) announced that Boeing had won the advanced aerial refuelling tanker contest, KC-X, for 179 tanker aircraft. Paul Dopson reports on the embattled long running saga to replace the ageing KC-135 Stratotanker fleet.
Aviation News >> Military > First Production Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Flies The first production Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II made its first flight yesterday, providing some welcome good news for a troubled project. Paul Dunn was there for GAR.
Aviation News >> Civil > Boeing Reveals 747-8 Intercontinental The aviation industry gathered at Boeing's Everett factory near Seattle on Sunday February 13th 2011 for the ceremony to reveal the 747-8 Intercontinental. The 747-8I is the largest commercial Boeing to be built and Boeing claims it is significantly more fuel efficient, quieter and greener than its 747-400 predecessor. Paul Dopson reports.
Air Museums >> UK: Dominie Delivered to RAF Museum Cosford Following hot on the heels of GAR’s coverage of the Dominie’s retirement from service, last Friday an example of the aircraft was delivered to the RAF Museum at Cosford. Gareth Stringer was there to see it. Images as credited.
Royal Air Force Presentation Team The Royal Air Force Presentation Team travels the length and breadth of the UK giving people from all walks of life an insight in to the RAF’s capabilities, responsibilities and operations. Gareth Stringer joined them at an event to find out more. Images as credited.
The British Airways-Iberia Merger Last week British Airways and Iberia merged, creating a new force in the European airline industry. Mark Broadbent looks at the reasons for the merger and the issues ahead. Images as credited.
Dominie departs after 45 years service While last October's Strategic Defence and Security Review announcement was quite clear about the future for certain types and fleets, a number of other knock on effects have, unsurprisingly, cascaded down the supply chain. One of those is the earlier than planned retirement of the Dominie T.1. Karl Drage was present at RAF Cranwell on January 20th to see them off and took the opportunity to speak to Dominie people, past and present. Images as credited.
Neo kid on the block - the Airbus A320neo Airbus has announced a major upgrade for its A320 family of airliners. Mark Broadbent takes a look at the new aircraft and the future prospects for the short-medium haul jet airliner market. All images copyright Airbus S.A.S.
Competition winners drawn at the Cotswold Airport. Yesterday GAR was at the Cotswold Airport for a meeting with Operations Manager and airshow organiser Glen Moreman. As well as drawing out our ten competition winners Glen provided a brief update on this year’s airshow as Gareth Stringer reports.
Legendary Lancaster Celebrates 70th The 9th January 1941 saw the Avro Lancaster take to the air for the first time and, to mark this significant 70th anniversary, Gareth Stringer takes a look at the history of the aircraft and speaks to someone who has flown it. Images as credited.
The Harrier: The Final Weeks Of An Icon With Joint Force Harrier
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It's over - the Harrier has been retired from RAF / RN service. After a hectic, emotional and rumour strewn drawdown, Gareth Stringer talks us through Joint Force Harrier's final weeks from GAR's perspective and both inside and out. Images as credited.
The Harrier: Joint Force Harrier's Final Chapter
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Wednesday 15th December 2010 saw the legendary Harrier complete its final flights as part of the UK's armed forces. GAR was there to report on a sad and emotional day at RAF Cottesmore. Words - Gareth Stringer. Images - Karl Drage unless otherwise stated.
Warbirds >> Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer N2871G Flies Again
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The Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer served with the US Navy between 1944 and the early 1960s and was used mostly in the maritime patrol mission. Paul Filmer travels to Wyoming to document the final test flights of the only airworthy PB4Y-2 after a long period of being firmly on the ground.
Mississippi Thunder: Lightning T.5 XS422
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With Thunder City in South Africa now closed for business after recent tragic events, one might think that the chances of seeing an English Electric Lighting in the air are again a thing of the past. There is a loyal band of volunteers who fly to Mississippi periodically whose goal is to prove this wrong. Paul Filmer visits the Anglo American Lightning Organisation (AALO) to catch-up on the progress made to date.
Exercise Vega 2010
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Eagles with strange nobbly bits, majestic looking brown, green and sand camouflaged F-16s and the most interesting looking Gulfstream you ever did see; Chris Wood guest reports from the Italian island of Sardinia as the Israeli Defence Forces take up residence for Exercise Vega 2010.
The F-111's Nellis Swansong - Red Flag 09-3
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Last weekend marked the sad retirement of the World's last remaining F-111s. Last year the Australian Air Force F-111C Aardvarks made the long trek to deploy to Red Flag for the last time and Paul Filmer travelled to the edge of the vast Nellis ranges to try and catch up with the oldest swingers in town...
Flying the 'Fish - LS326
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The full return of a Fairey Swordfish to the UK airshow scene has been long-awaited and, now – after a successful series of test flights last month – it will happen in 2011. Paul Fiddian visited the RNHF to find out just what the Swordfish is like to fly, and discuss the type’s arrival back onto the display circuit. While he looks forward, many of the images that feature here journey back in time, to revisit some of the highlights of the aircraft’s airshow past.
Vulcan XH558 - An Interview with Dr Robert Pleming
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The plight of Avro Vulcan XH558 has remained at the forefront of many minds since the aircraft's incredible return to flight in 2007. With yet another last minute funding drive recently completed, GAR approached THE VULCAN TO THE SKY TRUST (VTTST) to talk through the project's past, present and future. Gareth Stringer sat down with Chief Executive Dr Robert Pleming. Images as credited.
The Harrier: 41(R) Squadron’s Harrier Flight Disbands With the early disbandment of Joint Force Harrier announced in October’s Strategic Defence and Security Review it became only a matter of time before GAR started covering the sad demise of this legendary aircraft’s career in the British armed forces. 41(R) Squadron was the first to give up its jets and Gareth Stringer reports on a sad day for this proud unit. Images as credited.
Paying Homage to the Hurricane on its 75th Birthday
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While 2010 has seen the Battle of Britain's 70th marked in style, last weekend saw a further significant anniversary - 75 years since the first flight of the legendary Hawker Hurricane. Huw Hopkins takes a look at this iconic British aircraft with contributions from Hurricane owner and display pilot Peter Teichman and renowned historian Dilip Sarkar MBE. Images as credited.
British Airways' 757s Bow Out Saturday October 30th, 2010, saw British Airways operate its last ever revenue earning flight with the Boeing 757, bringing to an end more than 27 and a half years of operations of the type. Karl Drage looks back at the British Airways association with the venerable 757.
Bringing Back the Beast - Fairey Gannet XL500's Return to Flight
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While best known for its restoration and ongoing support of the majority of the UK’s Hawker Hunter operations, Exeter-based Hunter Flying Ltd is also nurturing something rather special back to life, as new recruit Paul Fiddian reports in his debut piece for GAR.
Strategic Defence and Security Review
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Today finally saw the Prime Minister David Cameron announce the result of the government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). Gareth Stringer reports for GAR with independent analysis from Dr Peter Gray, Senior Research Fellow in Air Power Studies at the University of Birmingham.
Wildfires In Colorado
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This year the wildfire season in Colorado has been a relatively quiet one but in the week beginning 6th September it changed in an instant with a pair of back-to-back fires needing aerial support. Paul Filmer reports from his home state on the people and machines that are used to fight the fires.
The 54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race
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The 54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett gas balloon race took to the skies from a launch site near Bristol in the early hours of Sunday morning. Paul Dopson was there for GAR.
Final Colombian Air Force T-37 Deliveries
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The final four T-37Bs pulled out of AMARC for the Colombian Air Force (FAC) left Marana Regional Airport on 11th August to join the 11 that have already been delivered. Paul Filmer reports from Arizona where he was invited to shoot the final delivery.
The Maiden Flight of the Cameron GB-1000
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With under a week to go before the start of the 54th Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett International Gas Balloon Race 2010, GAR was invited to attend the recent first flight of a new Cameron gas balloon that David Hempleman-Adams will fly as GB1 in the race. Paul Dopson was there to witness this historic event.
The Last Time - DC-3 Meet, Whiteside Airport, Il
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As yet another milestone slides by involving the Douglas DC-3 and while many still ply their trade, a gathering just before a mass fly-in at Air Adventure at Oshkosh was a very ambitious and fitting plan. Paul Filmer reports from Whiteside Airport in Illinois where The Last Time event took place.
Preparing for the worst - Colorado National Guard Exercise From 5th to the 7th August the Colorado National Guard, along with the West Metro Fire District and Colorado Task Force-One (CO-TF1), conducted a large scale emergency response exercise in Lakewood which is a South Western Denver suburb. Paul Filmer reports from a field on one of the last elements of the exercise.
The 2010 ASTRA Bristol International Balloon Fiesta - media launch This weekend, August 12th-15th, sees the United Kingdom based balloonists keeping their fingers crossed for good weather for the 2010 ASTRA Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. Paul Dopson attended the Media Launch for GAR.
Dawlish Air Show 2010 - The Funding Drive Continues
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Back in March when GAR joined forces with the organisers of Dawlish Air Show to deliver a brand new website, it was far from certain that there would even be a 2010 event. Some five months later this year's show is secured, despite the lack of headline sponsorship - something which Kevin Wills explains would make all the difference to the line-up he and his team would be able to boast. Karl Drage catches up with him for a chat.
Neptune Accident at Rocky Mountain Metro
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Along with two P-3s from Aero Union a pair of P2V Neptunes from Neptune Aviation Services in Missoula, Montana have been fighting two large fires; the Cow Creek Fire in the Rocky Mountain National Park and the Round Mountain Fire west of Loveland in Colorado the last couple of days. Paul Filmer reports on the aftermath of an accident.
The 54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett International Gas Balloon Race Media Launch
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Gas Balloons? Gordon Bennett, it's GB2010! Thursday 10th June saw the Media Launch for the prestigious Gordon Bennett Balloon Race at Bristol Council House. GAR's in-house balloonist Paul Dopson reports.
Sqn Ldr Ken "Jacko" Jackson - a tribute.
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Global Aviation Resource has been asked to publish a few words from one of its supporters paying tribute to Sqn Ldr Ken Jackson MBE AFC RAF (Ret'd) who sadly passed away last month.
The Sri Lanka Air Force is coming - RIAT 2010 preview
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With the Royal International Air Tattoo just a few short months away, Gareth Stringer dropped in to RIAT HQ at RAF Fairford for a preview courtesy of Rob Windsor, Deputy Director Aircraft Operations. Images as credited.
EXCLUSIVE - 2010 RAF Tucano Display Scheme and Interview Global Aviation Resource is delighted to exclusively reveal the two very special schemes that will adorn the 2010 Tucano display aircraft and, following a recent visit to RAF Linton on Ouse, present pilot Flt Lt Tom Bould's first interview ahead of the forthcoming display season.
Dawlish Carnival Air Show - new website but uncertain future
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Global Aviation Resource and the Dawlish Carnival Air Show are today delighted to announce the launch of an all new website in support of the event. But, despite the air show’s huge popularity and near cult-status, the future looks uncertain. Gareth Stringer spoke to organiser Kevin Wills. Images as credited.
Mriya, you've gotta see her! - The An-225 visits Robin Hood
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With a 3000 metre runway, Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport is capable of handling the biggest of aircraft. This was put to the test when the biggest of them all paid a welcome visit on 16th February for a much needed cargo operation. Glenn Beasley was there for GAR.
Waddington Airshow 2010 - Exclusive
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Last year's Waddington International Airshow was one of the best attended events of its kind in the UK. Two days of solid flying and sunshine tempted 170,000 people through the gates of the RAF station, despite the huge disappointment that saw Vulcan XH558 remain firmly grounded for the entire weekend. Gareth Stringer travelled to Waddington to find out how things are progressing ahead of the 2010 event. Images as credited.
Classic Flight at Coventry Airport Air Atlantique's Classic Flight owns one of the most impressive collections of airworthy and potentially airworthy aircraft in the UK and, for many years, has dedicated itself to displaying these aircraft at airshows and giving people the opportunity to fly in them. Global Aviation Resource travelled to Coventry Airport to learn more. Words - Gareth Stringer. Images - as credited.
2010 RAF Hawk Display Scheme Revealed Global Aviation Resource is delighted to exclusively reveal the chosen colour scheme for the 2010 RAF Hawk display aircraft.
Queen of the Skies at 40
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Boeing’s Queen of the Skies recently notched up an incredible 40 years of airline service. GAR’s Paul Dunn is a huge fan of the 747. But then, he is unashamedly rather biased! Images as credited.
Chinook Mk.3 Unveiled at RAF Odiham Global Aviation Resource travelled to RAF Odiham, home of the Chinook Force, to attend a press event for the long awaited entry in to service of the eight ‘new’ Mk.3 airframes. It was a day that allowed GAR to learn about more than just these new additions to the RAF fleet. Words - Gareth Stringer, Images – Karl Drage.
One of a Kind - Golden Apple's F-86A Sabre The UK airshow scene is blessed with many jet warbirds which entertain thousands of paying spectators each year, but it has been uniquely fortunate to have enjoyed the company of the only 'A' model North American F-86 Sabre flying in the world today since 1992. Glenn Beasley speaks to Willie Felger, Golden Apple's Director of Operations, about their resident classic.
Introducing The Breitling Wingwalkers AeroSuperBatics Ltd, operators of the world’s only formation wingwalking team, is delighted to announce an exciting two year sponsorship deal with prestigious watch manufacturer Breitling.
The 2010 Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team - The Red Arrows The 2010 Red Arrows have commenced their work-up for next year’s public display season. With a new team leader and new pilots, media interest in the 2010 team is high, and GAR’s Glenn Beasley attended the unveiling of the new line-up at RAF Scampton.
Launch of a New Generation - ATR 72-600 Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR has unveiled its latest machine, Tony Osborne takes a closer look at the new ATR 72-600 for GAR.
RAF Museum Hosts MH-53 Ceremony with Chief of the Air Staff Global Aviation Resource travelled to Cosford to attend a ceremony marking the dedication of the RAF Museum’s newest exhibit and took the opportunity to talk the Chief of the Air Staff, Sir Stephen Dalton. Words – Gareth Stringer / Pictures – Karl Drage
Merlin Force - Exercise Merlin Vortex Earlier in the year, GAR published two pieces focusing on the RAF Merlin Force as they began to prepare for their deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation HERRICK. As part of this process a detachment recently deployed to Southern California to take advantage of the superb training environment there. Paul Dunn visited NAF El Centro to catch up on how preparations are going, and offers an exclusive insight for GAR.
DHL's Latest Addition The launch of a new aircraft is always an exciting time for aviation enthusiasts. Being only ten miles along the motorway, Geoff Hibbert, on behalf of Global Aviation Resource, kindly accepted DHL's invitation to attend the press day to take a closer look at their all new Boeing 767 ERF.
1435 Flt Says Goodbye Tornado, Hello Typhoon With the Eurofighter Typhoon replacing the venerable Tornado F.3s of 1435 Flt to police the Falkland Islands, Gareth Stringer takes a closer look at the history of this long-standing RAF commitment.
Up and Running - Lt Ian Sloan and the RNHF Sea Hawk After a frustrating season, blighted by serviceability issues, the Sea Hawk made a late, but extremely welcome, return to the airshow circuit in this Fly Navy 100 commemorative year. Gareth Stringer sat down with the aircraft's new display pilot, Lt Ian Sloan.
"It's very sad, poignant, to see the Squadron close" - 23 Sqn Disbands The parade has marched off the square, the Standard has been handed over to the receiving party and has been taken from RAF Waddington to be laid up in the chapel at the RAF College, Cranwell. On October 2nd, 2009, 23 Sqn disbanded for the fourth time in its 93 year history. Graham Platt was there to cover the ceremony for GAR.
RAF Puma Upgrades Back in 2007, Eurocopter was awarded a UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Assessment Phase (AP) contract for the Life Extension Programme for the RAF's fleet of Puma HC.1 helicopters. Now, some 27 months later, the MoD have announced that they've signed a deal worth £300m to carry out the required work to bring the aircraft up to HC.2 standard. Karl Drage reports.
Helitech 2009 With Helitech, the largest dedicated European-based helicopter exhibition once again making its biennial visit to Duxford, Karl Drage made the short journey to Cambridgeshire to see what was on display.
Southport Airshow 2009 Preview With the 2009 airshow season drawing to a close Gareth Stringer previews the North West's biggest event and the final seaside show of the year - The Southport Airshow.
Cotswold Airport Battle of Britain Weekend Preview The third of the three main airshows at the Cotswold Airport (Kemble), the Battle of Britain Weekend is sure to be a popular final event for this most atmospheric of venues. Gareth Stringer looks ahead.
Historical Flight Foundation DC-7B Corrosion Corner used to be the place at Miami International Airport (MIA) to see the old round engined aircraft still operating mostly to the Caribbean, until the city had a clear-out to develop the airport. Opa-locka Airport has taken over that mantle since and Paul Filmer paid a visit to Historical Flight Foundation's facilities there.
"Nomads" Say Goodbye to the Eagle One of the USAF’s best known fighter units is in the process of trading in its F-15 Eagles, in preparation for a new role as the training unit for the new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, bringing to an end more than 30 years of Eagle operations. Paul Dunn reports for GAR.
Little Gransden Charity Air & Car Show Preview 2009 Equidistant between the A1 and M11 in rural Cambridgeshire lies the quaint grassed airfield of Little Gransden, where, each August, an Air & Vintage Vehicle Show is held to raise funds for the Children In Need Appeal as well as other local charities. Karl Drage offers an insight into what the 2009 event might bring.
AFSOC Skytrucks The USAF Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is poised to accept the first of ten Polish built PZL M-28 Skytrucks (licence built An-28) for the covert insertion of small teams of Special Forces. Paul Filmer reports.
Dawlish Carnival Airshow Preview 2009 With the 2008 event attracting more than 90,000 visitors and a venue offering one of the best locations for dynamic aviation photography anywhere, Karl Drage takes a look ahead to the 2009 Dawlish Carnival Airshow.
VMA-311 Tomcats win top USMC Accolade One of the most distinguished squadrons in the US Marine Corps recently added another award to its collection. Paul Dunn reports for GAR...
Merlin Force Exclusive - From TELIC to HERRICK Part 2 In this second feature on the Merlin Force at RAF Benson Gareth Stringer looks at the challenges of maintaining the Merlin with MFES SEngO (Merlin Force Engineering Squadron, Senior Engineering Officer) Squadron Leader Paul Rose and also hears from 28(AC) Squadron 2nd In-command, Squadron Leader Simon Reade.
Merlin Force Exclusive - From TELIC to HERRICK Part 1 They've been in the spotlight of late with their forthcoming deployment to Afghanistan hitting the headlines, as the UK's helicopter force comes under the media microscope. Gareth Stringer and Karl Drage travelled to RAF Benson for GAR to take a close look at the Merlin Force.
Goodbye Tweety Bird At the end of July 2009, the USAF quietly said goodbye to one of its longest serving types, the Cessna T-37 Tweet. Paul Dunn caught one of the final T-37 missions.
Flt Lt Michelle Goodman DFC - Food for Heroes Flt Lt Michelle Goodman DFC is in the midst of a busy Summer. No doubt her work as Merlin pilot at RAF Benson keeps her busy enough but Michelle has decided to hit the airshow circuit in order to sell copies of Food For Heroes - a stunning new cookery book which will raise thousands of pounds for Help For Heroes.
Saudi Typhoon Deliveries Commence After more than ten years in the offing, the Royal Saudi Air Force have received the first of their 72 Eurofighter Typhoons that are on order. John Higgins was at BAe Warton to report on the handover ceremony and delivery for GAR.
Au Revoir Alouette The Swiss Air Force is currently in the process of modernising its utility helicopter fleet, with the venerable Aerospatiale Alouette III being replaced by the highly capable Eurocopter EC635. Paul Dunn visits Alpnach Airbase, Switzerland to report on the final days of the Alouette III in Swiss service.
MH-53 Goes on Display The first Sikorsky MH-53 Pave Low helicopter to go on display in the UK has done so at the RAF Museum Cosford. Words by Karl Drage.
Celebrations to mark a century of Naval Aviation - FLY NAVY 100 At the launch of the site we brought you a look at London's Fly Navy 100 flypast from RAF Northolt and now, Kevin Wills and Darron Hall offer up a very different perspective of the day to the GAR readership - from the deck of HMS Illustrious.
The Future of Fire Tankers? After a couple of fatal crashes in the last two years involving P-2 Neptunes the project that Minden Air Corp are working on could seem all the more relevent. Paul Filmer reports from Nevada.
Last Flight of the C-133 Cargomaster Saturday 30th August 2008 marked the final ever flight of a C-133 Cargomaster, with this particular example (N199AB ex 56-1999) rolling off the Douglas Aircraft production line on Dec. 26, 1957. Paul Filmer reports from California with additional photos from Alaska.