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RIAT Saturday Super Earlybird

RIAT Super Earlybird tickets (£45) for Saturday have sold out. Earlybird tickets are now being sold (£50). When that quota is exhausted, standard price tickets will be £55.


RCAF CF-18 Demo Team for RIAT and Yeovilton

Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 displays have been scheduled for RIAT and Yeovilton - but no other US or Canadian displays have been scheduled for the UK in 2018 so far.

Schedules are, however, provisional and there are gaps in the A-10, F-16 and F-22 schedules around the time of RIAT, so appearances of one or more remain possible.

The 2018 CF-18 Demo Team pilot will be Captain Stefan Porteous and his CF-18 Hornet will be painted to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command).


New Commander of the Thunderbirds

Lara Seligman, Pentagon Editor for Aviation Week, is reporting that Lt Col Jason Heard, Commander of the Thunderbirds, has been "relieved of duty" because "Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander, lost confidence in his leadership and risk management style."


RAF100 Paint Scheme

The BAe Avro Anson kept with the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden, and seen below in her traditional livery, will fly next year in a new paint scheme to mark the 100th anniversary of the RAF.

Avro Anson


Moth Rally

The Moth Rally that was to have been held at Old Warden in July has been moved to August 12th.


Albatros for the UK?

In September 2016, on its return from France, the Albatros DVa made an unplanned landing and ended up-side down in a field near Headcorn. It has since been returned to New Zealand where it is undergoing repairs. The Albatros could come back to the UK, with an Se5a, if £15,000 can be raised by the WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust to pay for the transit and reassembly.

See more on their web site.


Messerschmitt for sale

Platinum Fighter Sales are selling a 1944 Messerschmitt BF-109-G6 'Black 8', currently based in Germany. The asking price is €4,950,000.

Airlander Incident

The Airlander aircraft was involved in an incident at Cardington airfield on Saturday 18th November. The aircraft appears to have broken free from its mooring mast. The operators say that a safety system operates automatically in such circumstances, designed to rip open the hull and deflate the aircraft to minimise the risk of damage to its surroundings. The fuel and helium inside the Airlander have been made safe. For more see their Facebook item, on which this summary is based.


Boeing Stearman for sale

The Duxford-based Aircraft Restoration Company are selling the Boeing A75-N1 Stearman (pictured here at the Duxford Air Show, September 2015)

Boeing Stearman


New Red Arrows Pilots named

The Red Arrows have introduced their 3 new pilots, including the new Red 1.

Red 1

Red 1 Sqn Ldr Martin Pert

Hawker Typhoon RB396

The team hoping to restore RB396 to flight have purchased a genuine four blade Typhoon/Tempest spinner, thought to be the only one in the world, and a complete rear empennage, tail unit and rudder. Other items, including a complete anti shimmy tail wheel set up and the tail wheel doors from a Tempest ll, were also purchased.

It is hoped that the build could start in the first half of 2018.

There is more on this project on their own website.


New UK Typhoon Display pilot

Flt Lt Jim Peterson is the 2018 Typhoon Display Pilot.

Flt Lt Jim Peterson
Durham TV Skylive Airshow cancelled

The 2018 Skylive airshow has been cancelled after the airport's owners 'pulled the plug'.

RAF100 Events

Many events will be held throughout the UK in 2018 to mark the centenary of the RAF. There is a map and list on the RAF100 part of the MOD web site.