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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Even though aeroplanes still feature in the latest edition of Aerodrome, the main focus of our attentions are people, specifically the fantastic re-enactors who helped to make this year’s Flying Legends Airshow such a memorable occasion. With some of them looking for all the world like latter-day air aces, we also come across a couple of jokers who appear to have got themselves in another fine mess.
As one of the most effective aircraft in current RAF inventory, the mighty Boeing Chinook also doubles as the consummate Airshow performer and is a highlight act in any display programme in which it is scheduled to appear. In the latest edition of Aerodrome, we bring you a report from this year’s Duxford Air Festival and the first 2019 display appointment for the RAF’s popular Chinook Display Team, as we discover how the show effectively marked the 75th anniversary of the jet engine’s entry into RAF service.
It’s all about the famous Rolls-Royce Merlin engine in the latest edition of Aerodrome, as we bring you a report from last weekend’s East Kirkby Airshow and a magnificent meeting of Merlins. With De Havilland Mosquito NF.II HJ711 performing taxy runs for the first time at an East Kirkby Airshow, would a Merlin powered aircraft take the accolade for the best flying display of the day, or would another engine type attempt to spoil the party?
Despite the most meticulous of prior planning, sometimes the Airshows we all love to attend don’t always work out the way we had hoped and even though the majority take place at the height of British summertime, the weather will always have a significant role to play. In the latest edition of Aerodrome, we report from a rather rainy Friday at the Royal International Air Tattoo and see how the damp crowds were left somewhat disappointed. We also have a quick competition, with two tickets to next weekend’s East Kirkby Airshow up for grabs.
For European Warbird enthusiasts, this weekend marks the high-point of their year and all roads lead to the IWM airfield at Duxford for the latest instalment of the magnificent Flying Legends Airshow. To mark this occasion, the latest edition of Aerodrome features a number of former Flying Legends star aviation performers, only one of which will be displaying at this latest show. Will any of your personal Warbird favourites make the list?
With the service retirement of the Tornado GR4 still fresh in our minds, 2019 will also be the year that another 30 year RAF veteran is finally withdrawn from service, the Tucano T.1 basic fast jet trainer. In the latest edition of Aerodrome, we make one final visit to the home base of the remaining RAF Tucano fleet and see how the historic airfield at Linton-on-Ouse is also scheduled for imminent closure, as part of the latest round of MoD cost savings.
As the world has just marked the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, there really can only be one subject for this latest edition of Aerodrome – the magnificent commemorative ‘Daks over Duxford’ event, held between 2nd and 5th June. Join us as we pay our respects not only to the men who took part in D-Day, but also to the people who organised this memorable tribute event.
At a time when UK Airshow events seem to have been disappearing from the calendar at an alarming rate, it is unusual to hear of an exciting new event, especially one which appears to be offering enthusiasts something that little bit different. In the latest edition of Aerodrome, we preview the exciting prospect of a Vintage Aviation Evening, an event arranged by the Historic Aircraft Collection, in association with IWM Duxford. If you are looking for close access to classic British aeroplanes in the gentle light of evening, then this will definitely be the event for you.
The 2019 Airshow season is now officially up and running! In the latest edition of Aerodrome, we head down to Old Warden airfield to see how the Shuttleworth Season Premiere Airshow got this year off to a flying start.
This coming weekend marks the start of the 2019 UK Airshow season and in the latest edition of Airfix and Corgi Aerodrome, we celebrate this occasion with a little pre-Airshow season visit to the Imperial War Museum’s Duxford site. We report on all the latest goings-on at this historic site and check-in on some of the country’s most famous historic aircraft, many of which will be thrilling Airshow audiences over the coming few months.
There is nothing quite like attending an early season aviation event, especially one the like of which you have never been lucky enough to experience before. In the latest edition of Aerodrome, we pay an enjoyable visit to the Cold War Jets Collection at Bruntingthorpe and a special event to commemorate the first flight of one of their magnificent preserved aircraft. With static engine runs promised and a unique de Havilland photo opportunity, we will show how those fortunate enough to be in attendance were treated to a memorable, well run day of aviation enjoyment.
On the back of the recent withdrawal from service of the RAF Tornado GR.4 force, the latest edition of Aerodrome looks at an aviation strike predecessor of the Tornado and how relatively large numbers of preserved examples of this combat proven aircraft have found a retirement home in the West Midlands. In the 116th edition of Aerodrome, we head to the RAF Museum’s Cosford site, for a little ‘Big Cat’ hunting.