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Aerodrome

 

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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Defecting Junkers a fascinating wartime story

In the latest edition of Aerodrome, we have a fascinating tale of wartime deception and the incredible defection of a Luftwaffe night fighter crew and their latest version of the radar equipped Junkers Ju 88, which had been causing so many problems for Bomber Command crews. What makes this story all the more interesting is the fact that this very aircraft is currently on display at RAF Museum Cosford, which is re-opening to the public on Monday 6th July.

Buccaneers on the move and aviation scene update

As one of the heaviest aircraft ever to have been deployed on a British aircraft carrier, the Blackburn Buccaneer was something of an aviation beast, so how would you like the responsibility of moving a preserved example of the aircraft across the country? In the latest edition of Aerodrome, we look at the task facing The Buccaneer Aviation Group, as they plan moving TWO Buccaneers and all their support equipment from one former RAF airfield to another, by road.

‘Merlins over Malta’ 15th anniversary review

We have something very special for Aerodrome readers in this latest edition of our blog, as we mark the impending 15th anniversary of a spectacular project which saw an unusually presented Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane return to the Island fortress of Malta in September 2005. Our Merlins over Malta 15th Anniversary review features a fascinating selection of images and details of an aviation project which was one of the highlights of that year, had the historic aviation world captivated and delighted an entire nation. We think you are going to enjoy this edition.

Leuchars Airshow 2008 revisited

The latest, slightly delayed edition of Aerodrome has now been posted and is available for your inspection. This time, we are heading back to RAF Leuchars for their 90th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force Airshow in 2008 and we can promise you pictures of some real UK aviation royalty. Prepare yourselves for the sight of Phantoms, Tornados, Hawks and of course Britain’s all-time favourite Airshow performer during her first full display season back on the display circuit, Avro Vulcan B.2 XH558.

Leuchars marks RAF 90 in style

As we wish Aerodrome readers a very happy 75th Anniversary of VE Day, there really can only be one way for our blog to mark such an auspicious occasion and that is with wall to wall aviation action. Join us as we head back to the final Airshow event of the 2008 season at RAF Leuchars, as they prepared to make their own aviation tribute to the 90th birthday of the Royal Air Force. We will be finding out why this turned out to be much more than an Airshow and more of an aviation experience for one roving Aerodrome reporter!

How we miss our Airshows

We are delighted to announce that it’s ‘Airshow action time’ in the latest edition of Airfix and Corgi Aerodrome, though sadly only in electronic form. Nevertheless, we are attempting to blow away those ‘cancellation blues’ by throwing the blog spotlight on last year’s superb Shuttleworth Military Airshow and their magnificent selection of military vehicles and aeroplanes. We will be looking at several of the less familiar Old Warden performers at this show, along with a few old aviation favourites thrown in for good measure – enjoy the show!

British aviation icon by night

It’s Airfix and Corgi Aerodrome weekend again and as usual, we can promise an interesting selection of exclusive aviation related images for your viewing pleasure. As we head back to the Royal Airforce Museum Cosford for our second visit in consecutive blogs, our subject for this edition is a specially arranged night photography event, one which promised two icons of the British aviation industry as its main subject attraction. We were lucky to be amongst 200 photographers who had rushed to snap up a ticket for what promised to be a truly memorable aviation event.

Cosford’s new Battle of Britain display

Lucky to have attended one of the last official events to take place before the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford decided to close their doors to the public, the latest edition of Aerodrome heads for the museum’s ‘War in the air’ hangar, to discover how they have rearranged their collection to mark the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. We throw the spotlight on four magnificent aircraft which definitely make a visit to Cosford absolutely essential for anyone with an interest in aviation history.

Custodians of Britain’s Cold War jet heritage

The latest edition of Aerodrome celebrates the unique thrill of being able to stand just a few metres from a classic British jet powered aircraft as it blasts down a runway at high power. Join us as we head for last summer’s latest instalment of the aviation phenomenon which is the Cold War Jets Fast Taxi Day at the former RAF airfield at Bruntingthorpe, a fascinating occasion where Canberras and Lightnings share the runway with VC10s and Victors – British classics one and all!

Flat top fliers

The latest edition of Aerodrome takes readers on a photographic journey through the history of fixed wing, Fleet Air Arm aircraft types, as we place the blog spotlight on some of the most important aircraft to have ever operated from the decks of British aircraft carriers. We will be including some classic Airshow performers from years past, enigmatic aeroplanes which have unfortunately long since disappeared from UK display programmes.

Avro Lancaster ‘Air to Ground’ photo sortie

Do we have a treat for you in the latest edition of Airfix and Corgi Aerodrome. How would you like to see pictures of a beautifully restored Avro Lancaster and De Havilland Mosquito Nightfighter on a former Bomber Command airfield from around 400 feet in the air? Thanks to our friends at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, we have a very special edition of Aerodrome to bring you, one which includes a collection of beautiful photographs the like of which you have probably never seen before – a real Friday treat before we batten down the hatches for storm Dennis.

Museum delivery flight for a ‘Mighty Hunter’

We delve back into the Aerodrome archives in the latest edition of our blog, as we look back at an impressive new museum exhibit and the day it was delivered to its new home. As Britain prepares to mark the impending arrival of the RAF’s first P-8A Poseidon aircraft, we head back almost ten years to see how one of its famous predecessors, BAe Nimrod MR.2 XV250 became the first aircraft of its kind to be presented for preservation and how its delivery flight attracted quite a crowd.

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