Airshow Review – RAF Cosford Airshow 2015

With RAF Waddington undergoing runway resurfacing work, 2015 sees just one Royal Air Force airshow. It was the turn of RAF Cosford to step up to the plate and deliver one of the biggest events on the UK calendar. A show that promised so much in the build-up frustratingly suffered a handful of hard-hitting cancellations at short notice, yet still delivered an impressive day out. Dean West reports.

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Battle of France 75 – Pt.10 – No. 73 Squadron’s Withdrawal, June 1940

June 1940. The evacuation from Dunkirk was over, and the remnants of the British and French militaries faced insurmountable odds as the German Army advanced across France and the Low Countries. Before long, the armed forces – amongst them the Royal Air Force’s No. 73 Squadron – began the frantic retreat towards the Bay of Biscay for embarkation to the United Kingdom. In the concluding article of GAR’s Battle of France 75th anniversary mini-series, Elliott Marsh charts the squadron’s withdrawal to the UK at the culmination of the conflict.

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Battle of Britain 75 – Pt.9 – Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2015

Following in the hefty footsteps of an internationally renowned event that ran for the better part of half a century was always going to be a difficult task, but it’s one that Synergy Events has tackled admirably with the Biggin Hill Festival of Flight. Elliott Marsh reports on 2015’s instalment, an event firmly focused on commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

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Civilian Aviation – Britten-Norman Islander G-AVCN Restoration

The East Wight aircraft restoration workshop set up by the Britten-Norman Aircraft Preservation Society (BNAPS) has been a hive of activity as the restoration team made steady progress towards the goal of having the historic B-N Islander G-AVCN ready for “roll out” in time for the “Islander 50” celebration event in June 2015. Bob Wealthy guest reports for GAR.

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Aviation History – Britten-Norman Islander 50th Anniversary

13 June 2015 sees the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Britten-Norman Islander light transport and utility aircraft. The Islander is the most successful British aircraft ever and was created by what could be considered as one of the last British aircraft companies to come into existence, the Britten-Norman Company, or B-N, based at Bembridge Airport on the Isle of Wight. The first flight 50th anniversary will be commemorated by the “Islander 50” event to be held at Bembridge Airport in June, 2015. Bob Wealthy guest reports for GAR.

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BlogGAR – Paul Dunn – Fort Worth

The Fort Worth area is home to several interesting airfields. The city is the home of Lockheed Martin’s production facility for the F-16 and F-35, and there are also numerous other airfields with unusual operators and visitors. Paul Dunn has visited the area twice so far this year, and been fortunate enough to catch a wide variety of different aircraft, some of which are ‘local’, plus a few nice visitors.

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