Displaying a modern day fast jet requires skill, training and planning, as well as physical and mental strength. Flight Lieutenant Noel Rees, the Royal Air Force’s 2014 Typhoon Display Pilot, told Gareth Stringer what life is like in his office.
The 2014 edition of Flying Legends marked the 21st instalment of The Fighter Collection’s annual airshow. Over the years it’s given us many cherished memories, and on paper the 2014 show looked set to deliver us many more; indeed it did, with numerous débuts and one-off special moments, despite the numerous challenges the show came up against. Huw Hopkins takes a look at the show for GAR.
With the beachheads secured, the impetus for the breakout into lower Normandy was high and the British set about their goal of taking the city of Caen. The battle would transpire to be hard fought, drawn out and bloody, for both sides as well as the civilian population during the pounding of the city by allied bombing. The British breakout and its numerous respective operations is charted by Huw Hopkins.
For many an enthusiast, the Royal International Air Tattoo is the unrivalled highlight of the airshow season. Shaun Schofield joined thousands of others in making the week long pilgrimage to the Cotswolds.
With the news that RAF Waddington International Airshow will be taking a sabbatical in 2015, with no guarantees that it will return in 2016, Gareth Stringer argues in defence of the military airshow.
Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton will host its annual International Air Day on Saturday 26 July, 2014. This eagerly anticipated event promises to be right up there with the other top UK air shows of 2014.
Following on from the 1978 and 1979 Heathrow Airport articles on the old GAR website, Paul Filmer delves into his archives once again and gives us a look at Heathrow Airport in 1980.
For many members of the GAR team, June proved to be a particularly busy month, and only now are we all starting to catch up with our processing from the recent Northrop B-2A Spirit and Boeing B-52H Stratofortress deployments to RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire. These are a few of our personal stories of bomber success or otherwise.
Paul Filmer’s Belarus series continues as he flies on board two Russian classics, the Antonov An-26 and Mil Mi-2.
With a weekend of varied and exciting flying display performances, a static display with some genuine rarities and more ground displays than you could possibly explore in one day, RAF Waddington International Airshow was once again a huge success, as Gareth Stringer reports.
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- Airshow Review – Royal International Air Tattoo 2014 posted on 18/07/2014
- Airshow Review – Flying Legends 2014 posted on 21/07/2014
- Airshow Preview – RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day 26/07/2014 posted on 17/07/2014
- BlogGAR – In defence of the military airshow posted on 18/07/2014
- Exercises and Deployments: RAF Fairford’s Bombers – June 2014 posted on 15/07/2014