Category: Special Events

Aviation Event Review – Cold War Jets Open Day

Bank holidays in May have become synonymous with the sound of jet engines as the Cold War Jets Collection at Bruntingthorpe opens its doors for the first of its two annual open days. Shaun Schofield endured the typical bank holiday weather for GAR. Typical weather indeed! Bruntingthorpe was a very grey, damp scene on arrival to the airfield, and sadly stayed that way for much of the day. Luckily, with most of the action taking place on the ground, it’s not such an issue, and the larger aircraft doubled up as huge metallic umbrellas during the wetter moments of the morning! One such impromptu rain shelter was an ex-Royal Air Force TriStar. Six of these aircraft have been stored at the airfield since the aircraft’s retirement and have recently been given an American registration ahead of their new lease of life with AGD Systems. Normally out-of-bounds from visitors, one was towed over to the static park, offering punters a closer look at these wonderful old workhorses for the first time at an Open Day. Another ex-RAF heavy was given the honour of kicking off the day’s proceedings. Nimrod XV226 was slowly brought to life by the hard-working volunteers just as the heavens opened, and after a quick parade along the crowdline, was really let loose down the runway, doing a fine job of drying out the damp runway in the process. The addition...

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Military Aviation – Great Patriotic War 70 Anniversary Victory Parade 2015, Kazakhstan

The Great Patriotic War Victory Parade was held in the Kazakh city of Astana on 7 May 2015, and was heralded by the Astana Times as the largest military parade to be held in the country’s history, commemorating and celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of the Nazis in World War II. Steve Comber reports from Kazakhstan.

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