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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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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.

Thunderous day at the Yorkshire Air Museum

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.

Axis aviation spectacle at Cosford’s RAF 100 show

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 100 at East Kirkby Airshow

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!

Spectacular Dambusters tribute at RIAT 2018

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.

Duxford’s fabulous Festival of Flight

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.

A Supersonic Gathering

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.

A ‘Bolt’ from the blue

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

Marking the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid

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.

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