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Welcome to Aerodrome

Aerodrome is our fortnightly blog that looks at  the exciting world of aviation, from WWI fighters to the latest commercial airliners. Curated by our Flight Specialist Michael Clegg, Aerodrome is a must-read for any aviation enthusiast.


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RAF Tornado formation tribute

As we are now only weeks away from the retirement of one of the Royal Air Force’s most successful post war jets, there really can be only one subject for this latest edition of Aerodrome. Join us as we head down to RAF Marham and one final opportunity to pay our respects to what may turn out to be the final large formation of Tornado GR.4 strike jets in the aircraft’s illustrious 37 year RAF service history. Aerodrome 114 is a tribute to the RAF’s ‘Mighty Fin’.

Classic Meteor makes final flight into history

In what has proved to be a rather poignant week for British aviation, the latest edition of Aerodrome takes the opportunity to catch up with an aircraft which is very much in the twilight of its 40 year RAF service career, as well as reporting from an event earlier in the year which featured the last airworthy example of a classic British jet type, on the occasion of its final flight. For both of these articles, we are indebted to a pair of staunch Aerodrome supporters for kindly sharing their pictures with us and allowing their use on the blog, as they attended these rather sombre aviation occasions.

Fledgling raptors of the RAF

On the rare occasion that we find ourselves with a day off work and no family commitments or DIY duties lined up for us, a day spent around the perimeter of one the UK’s active military airfields is something many enthusiasts hold dear. In the latest edition of Aerodrome, please join us as we head for the beautiful island of Anglesey and the training eyrie of the Royal Air Force, where the countries best young pilots receive the very best military flight training available.

Classic Hawkers at home

The latest edition of Aerodrome attempts to obliterate the aviation winter blues by delving back into our extensive archives to bring you a review from a very special ‘At Home’ event held in the Autumn of 2005. We head for the far side of RAF Scampton airfield and a classic jet indulgence at the Hawker Hunter Aviation open day, where their impressive collection of Hunters was joined by a pair of Cold War aviation heavyweights.

The plane that launched D-Day

For this first Aerodrome blog of 2019, we will be taking a closer look at a successful transport aircraft which is destined to come in for plenty of attention during the coming Airshow season. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and as one of the most effective aircraft of WWII, the Douglas C-47 Skytrain (the military development of the DC-3 airliner) proved to be the aircraft which launched D-Day itself. We will see why this was such a successful aircraft and how a large number of airworthy examples are scheduled to gather for a unique flying tribute during 2019.

Aerodrome looks back at 2018

We have reached that happy time of year when our Aerodrome blog takes on a slightly more festive and reflective tone. The latest edition of Aerodrome is our 2018 Review Edition, where we look back at some of the years aviation highlights and look forward to a new year of opportunities for the aviation enthusiast.

A winter date with the Red Arrows

We have something very special for Aerodrome readers in the latest edition of our blog. As it is nearly Christmas and it is only polite to give you a little treat, how would you like to join us on an exclusive winter date with the Red Arrows, where we enjoyed a fascinating day with the world’s most famous aerobatic team, as they were busy preparing for the 2018 display season? If you have been really good, we will even show you how the team meticulously display their coffee mugs in between practice sorties!

Bon Anniversaire RAF

The latest edition of Aerodrome has a distinctly French feel to it, as we pay our second blog visit to this year's Royal International Air Tattoo and take a look at how a trio of display acts from across the English Channel provided a memorable flying tribute to the RAF’s Centenary commemorations, whilst at the same time bringing a little Gallic flair to proceedings.

Handley Page Hampden revisited

The latest edition of Aerodrome heads back to the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre at the RAF Museum Cosford, for an update on some of the world’s most eagerly anticipated aviation restoration projects. With significant progress on their famous Handley Page Hampden Mk.I restoration, we also include details of a new resident in the centre, which was the subject of a high profile salvage operation during the summer of 2013.

Shuttleworth – ‘the first and the last’

Taking the honour of staging the first Airshow in this centenary year of the Royal Air Force, the delightful airfield at Old Warden would also turn out to be the venue for the final flying event of 2018. Their latest ‘Race Day’ was unusual in that the recent arrival of a classic Great War fighter almost upstaged the display participants and certainly proved to be something of a crowd puller. Join us as we pay our final Airshow visit of the 2018 season and see what all the Great War fuss was about.

A sky full of Spitfires

The recent ‘Battle of Britain’ Airshow held at the Imperial War Museum’s Duxford airfield site, promised to be a high profile finale to this centenary year for the Royal Air Force. Boasting strong RAF participation both on the ground and in the air, sell-out crowds were hoping to be present at a spectacular celebration of aviation, spanning 100 years of British air power, however despite an embarrassment of aviation riches scheduled to take part in the show, it was one very special aircraft which proved an irresistible draw for many – the Supermarine Spitfire. The latest edition of Aerodrome reports on Duxford’s ‘Sky full of Spitfires’ and a memorable tribute to the RAF’s big anniversary year.

Cosford’s helicopter tribute to RAF 100

This year’s Cosford RAF Centenary Airshow will certainly be remembered as one of the classic events of 2018 and included enough aviation highlights to complete several review articles. In this, our second visit to the show, we will be looking at one of the more unexpected highlights of the show and a classic selection of rotary air power, both past and present.

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