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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In what is proving to be a rather significant year in the history of the Royal Air Force, last week saw the service retirement of the Short Tucano T.1 trainer, as aircraft which has provided both the RAF and Royal Navy with hundreds of qualified pilots over the past 30 years. In the latest edition of Aerodrome, we pay our own photographic tribute to this handsome aeroplane by featuring a base visit to RAF Linton-on-Ouse from back in 2011 and something of a Tucanofest, as it joins the Tornado GR4 in the list of former RAF aircraft types.
The latest edition of Aerodrome heads back to the final two day Airshow of the 2019 season and an extremely poignant tribute to the pilots who took part in the Battle of Britain. With an impressive collection of airworthy Spitfires gathered for the event, we will see how a few fortunate photographers were able to document a contemporary recreation of the frantic ‘Squadron Scrambles’ which were so synonymous with this battle, thanks to the help of a group of accommodating and extremely hard working re-enactors.
For members of the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association, their annual Members Day is both an undoubted highlight of their year, as well as signifying the end of another UK Airshow season. In the latest edition of Aerodrome, we join LLA members and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight devotees at RAF Coningsby in attending this magnificent event and see how Mother Nature had her say on the day’s proceedings.
As we prepare to enter the final few weeks of the 2019 Airshow season, the latest edition of Aerodrome takes a nostalgic trip back into our extensive archives, to look at a specially arranged event held on an active RAF air base, where members of an aviation society were treated to a day of aviation delights. The 2007 Valley Aviation Society Photocall marked the QRA introduction of the RAF’s new Typhoon fighter and included the appearance of several much-loved aircraft types which are no longer in service – join us as we review this extremely enjoyable event.
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.