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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Airshow Review – Shuttleworth’s Race Day Airshow 2014

For the vintage aircraft aficionado, the Shuttleworth Collection’s Race Day on Sunday, 5 October 2014 was the zenith of a hugely enjoyable and historic airshow season. Pulling together perhaps the finest line-up seen at Old Warden for years for an imaginative four and a half hour flying programme, the Collection produced easily one of the best air displays of the year. Elliott Marsh reports for GAR.

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Airshow Review – Belgian Air Force Days 2014

From 12 to 14 September 2014, the 10th Tactical Wing at Kleine-Brogel Air Base opened its doors for the Belgian Air Force Days, a celebration of “A Century plus Air Power in Belgium” and a salute to the 40th Anniversary of the General Dynamics F-16. It had been 15 years since the last airshow at ‘KeeBee’ and both the Belgian public and the aviation enthusiast community were eagerly anticipating the weekend’s events, keen to see the results of the collaboration between the Belgian military and the Sanicole Airshow organising team. Kev Wills reports from the Saturday show with additional photography from Tom Gibbons and Gordon Jones.

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BlogGAR – Huw Hopkins – BBMF Lincolnshire Lancaster Association Day 2014

Towards the end of September each year the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association (LLA) hosts an event at RAF Coningsby which sees a flying display from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), signalling the end of their flying season. For those on the fence, it provides a wonderful opportunity to see the BBMF displays one last time before the long winter ahead. Huw Hopkins was there.

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Aviation Event Review – Goodwood Revival 2014

The annual Goodwood Revival is one of the finest events in the UK, combining extensive vintage motor racing with immersive ground attractions and a superb flying display. 2014’s aerial entertainment was headlined by the two Avro Lancasters and the Midair Squadron’s first public appearance as a trio. Elliott Marsh reports for GAR.

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