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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.
In the latest thunderous edition of Aerodrome, we bring you a report from the recent ‘live aircraft’ event at the Yorkshire Air Museum, where both the smallest and largest aircraft on the airfield fired up their engines, affording visitors something of a unique aviation experience. We will see how the museum’s tiny ‘Eastchurch’ Kitten replica tells a fascinating story from the early months of the Great War, as well as featuring a ‘Brigand’ of preserved Blackburn Buccaneers.
This year’s Cosford Airshow proved to be a spectacular celebration of the first 100 years of the Royal Air Force, with some of the RAF Museum’s rare exhibits taken from their hangars to form part of an impressive static display. In their absence, one of the world’s finest collections of Axis air power enjoyed a little extra room for the weekend and in this latest edition of Aerodrome, we feature this unexpected Axis contribution to this RAF centenary show.
Aerodrome marks its centenary edition by paying our latest visit to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, on the occasion of their main Airshow of the year. As well as catching up with their famous Lancaster ‘Just Jane’ and enjoying a fabulous air display, we also witnessed the magnificent sight of the recently arrived De Havilland Mosquito Nightfighter HJ711 displayed next to the Lancaster for an evocative photo opportunity and the first for an East Kirkby show. In addition to this, there is also the small matter of our most spectacular Aerodrome competition to tell you about – you most definitely will not want to miss this!
The aviation extravaganza which is the Royal International Air Tattoo can always be relied upon to include so many highlight acts that it is often difficult to fit all the action into a single review article. In this 99th edition of Aerodrome, we will be featuring one particularly poignant display from this year’s show, which marked the 75th Anniversary of one of the RAF’s most celebrated squadrons and the introduction of a stunning new combat aircraft.
Have you ever been to a UK Airshow where an ‘Alpine Anteater’ shared star billing with a trio of French Air Force acts? That is exactly what happened at the recent Duxford Air Festival and our Aerodrome blog was there to document this fabulous event.
It’s Aerodrome time again and this time we have something very special for you – a gathering of Lightnings. Join us as we head for Bruntingthorpe airfield and the unique opportunity to see four examples of this Cold War classic gathered together in the same place for one memorable weekend. We feature all four of the Lightnings in attendance, but pay particular attention to the illustrious guest at this Lightning party.
Even though the RAF Centenary commemorations are now in full swing, the latest edition of Aerodrome focuses on the triumphant return of a former UK Airshow favourite and a classic USAAF WWII Warbird of significant pedigree. With exclusive pictures taken at the recent Duxford and Cosford shows, as well as pictures of the same aircraft back in 2005, we see how this mighty aircraft faced derision when it first arrived in the UK, but quickly proved to be an outstanding fighting aircraft despite of its generous proportions
In the latest edition of Aerodrome, we mark the 75th Anniversary of the Dambusters raid by taking you on a journey up the hills surrounding the Derwent reservoir and allowing you to experience this historic occasion from the perspective of an early rising aviation enthusiast.
We are off and running! The latest edition of Aerodrome celebrates the start of this RAF Centenary Airshow year with a review of the recent Shuttleworth Season Premier Airshow at Old Warden airfield in Bedfordshire. Good weather and a great display line-up ensured this was the perfect way to start the Airshow season and with it, this significant centenary year for the Royal Air Force.
It’s Aerodrome time again and in this latest edition, we head back to the de Havilland Aircraft Museum for the final instalment of our review feature. This time, we look at the history of the museum site, discover how the magnificent Mosquito was manufactured and view a rather poignant find from the depths of Loch Striven. We also have a final photographic ‘museum walk-around’ to showcase some of the other aviation exhibits at Salisbury Hall.
In the latest edition of Aerodrome, we head down to Salisbury Hall in Hertfordshire, where it is possible to view three magnificently restored de Havilland Mosquitos in the same historic hangar. Making this an even more memorable occasion, two of the aircraft were dragged outside the hangar for a unique photo opportunity which was definitely not to be missed. We bring you a report from the event and look at why the de Havilland Aircraft Museum is such a unique aviation location.