Aviation Event Review – Gnat Display Team Open Day, 25/10/14

On Saturday, 25 October 2014, the Gnat Display Team celebrated their biggest and most successful year to date by staging an open day at their North Weald base. This offered visitors the chance to meet the team, enjoy some flying and view the exciting Gnat F1 restoration project up-close. Elliott Marsh was there for GAR.

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Aviation Feature – Hellenic Air Force A-7 Corsair II Retirement – 16 & 17 October 2014

Located in the rugged, western Peloponnesus peninsula of Greece is the last operational bastion of the Ling Temco Vought A-7 Corsair II. Araxos Air Base, located approximately 37 km west of the city of Patras and the home of 116 Combat Wing Hellenic Air Force, opened its doors for two days in October for a last opportunity to witness the final throes of this classic strike aircraft prior to the official retirement of the type from Hellenic Air Force service in a ceremony to be held the following day. Tom Gibbons reports for Global Aviation Resource.

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Aviation Feature – MacRobertson Air Race 80th Anniversary

In 1934 the Royal Aero Club hosted one of the greatest air races of all time – the MacRobertson Air Race – measuring 11,000 miles from Mildenhall, England, to Melbourne, Australia, in which an eclectic array of international competitors and aircraft competed, ultimately seeing a British victory. Huw Hopkins marks the 80th anniversary of the race.

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Aviation Museums – Beijing Air & Space Museum, Beihang University

At the conclusion of the 3rd Shenyang Faku International Flight Convention and 2014 Shenyang Airshow, Karl Drage and Pete Wells (of Twister Aerobatics) headed to Beijing for a few days and found time to visit the Beijing Air and Space Museum (referred to in many places online as Beijing Aviation Museum) located at Beihang University.

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Aviation Feature – F-86A Sabre (G-SABR): A Test Pilot’s Perspective

With Golden Apple Operations Ltd’s North American F-86A Sabre (G-SABR) soon to bid farewell to the UK after a 22 year tenure, GAR takes an in-depth look at the aircraft’s time as one of the true gems of the European airshow scene. In the first part of our coverage, former Sabre display pilot Keith Dennison offers a test pilot’s perspective of the challenges involved in flying one of the world’s oldest airworthy classic jets.

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