Category: Special Events

Aviation Event Review – RAF Northolt Night Photoshoot XVIII

RAF Northolt Night Photoshoot XVIII, the latest in the series of twice-yearly events at the historic west London station, took place during the first week of March 2015. As ever, it was organised by the irrepressible Phil Dawe and his team, and raised money for the restoration of RAF Northolt’s Battle of Britain Operations Room. Chris Wood reports.

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Aviation News – Royal Netherlands Air Force retires AB-412 and disbands 303 SAR Squadron

On 1 January 2015 the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) retired the Agusta Bell AB-412 SP SAR helicopters, followed on 15 January by the disbandment of 303 SAR Squadron after 55 years of service. Joan le Poole ( guest reports for GAR and takes the opportunity to look back into the history of search and rescue operations in the RNLAF.

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Aviation Event – KLM MD-11 Retirement – Enthusiast Flights

Tuesday 11 November 2014 saw KLM, the world’s last commercial airline flying passenger-configured McDonnell Douglas MD-11s, bring down the curtain on the type’s near 21-year service with the Dutch flag carrier and an association with Douglas aircraft stretching back some 80 years.  To mark the event, KLM laid on three enthusiast flights for those desperate to experience the type for one last (or in some cases, first and last!) time.  Ben Luck fell into the latter category, and this is his personal account of the experience.   On Monday 15 September 2014 it was announced over the internet that...

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