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Biggin Hill updates

The Typhoon will perform a flypast on each of the two days. There will be no other jets at the Biggin Hill FoF. A provisional timetable has been published.


The Shark for Jersey

Norwegian Spitfire Foundation's Mustang 'The Shark' has been added to the flying displays at the Jersey International Air Display


Jetsuit Pilots at Bournemouth

Two pilots in personal jetsuits from Gravity will be flying at the Bournemouth Air Festival. One pilot has been seen at Goodwood Festival of Speed and Farnborough International Airshow.

Defy Gravity



Little and Large at Biggin Hill

G-Force Aeros, The full-size and model Extras flying together, will return to the Biggin Hill Festival of Flight this year.

G-Gorce Extras duo


Fireflies and Twisters at Bournemouth

The Fireflies and the Twisters will perform a joint display at Bournemouth.


Whirlwind at Dunsfold

The Westland Whirlwind is amongst the latest additions to the flying list at Dunsfold Wings 'n Wheels. The full list is on their web site.


Sunderland Programme

The full programme for the three days of the Sunderland International Airshow is on their web site.


Duxford Battle of Britain

The flying list for the Battle of Britain Airshow has been released. It is on the show's web site


Flying Legends

Spitfires G-BUOS and G-IBSY are the latest additions to the display aircraft. 15 Spitfires are now due to fly: 51 aircraft in total.


Wales Airshow 2019

The Wales Airshow will be held in Swansea Bay on 6th and 7th July next year.


Flying Display Changes
  • RIAT
    Romanian participation cancelled following the Tragic accident involving the MiG-21
  • RIAT (all static additions):
    Kawasaki C-2 (Japanese Air Self-Defence Force)
    F-16 (Belgian Air Component)
    CN235 (Irish Air Corps)
    C-130E Hercules (Polish Air Force)
    PA-28 Cherokee (RAF Flying Clubs' Association)
  • Flying Legends (flying):
    Spitfire Mk Vc G-LFVC (Comanche Fighters)
    Vought Corsair F4U-5N (AJBS Les Casques de Cuir)
  • Yeovilton:
    C-27J Spartan (Lithuanian Air Force) (Static - added)
    KDC-10(Royal Netherlands Air Force) (Static - CANCELLED)
  • Eastbourne:
    Belgian A109 added
  • Festival of Speed:
    Typhoon cancelled Thurs & Fri
  • Jersey:
    Sea Fury T20 (Navy Wings) added


Eastbourne's Airbourne

The full flying line-up for Airbourne has been announced. See it on their web site and on ours.


Astronaut for RIAT

Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden, who made the first spacewalk in deep space, will be at the Air Tattoo this year. See him in the Techno Zone.

Al Worden



Flying Display Changes

  • Southport:
    Avro Anson added (Sun only)
  • Wales International:
    Catalina cancelled, replaced by Mustang 'Tall in the Saddle'.
  • Flying Legends:
    Fourth Buchon added
    Lancaster confirmed by show (Sunday only)
  • RIAT (static):
    Airbus Helicopters H125 (QonetiQ)
    Grob 120TP (QinetiQ)
    E-6B Mercury (US Navy)
    P-8A Poseidon (US Navy)


Breitling Jet Team at Bournemouth

The Breitling Jet Team, the world’s largest professional civilian flight team flying jets, are due to perform three daytime displays and one dusk display at the Bournemouth Air Festival. These are the only displays the team are currently due to perform in the UK in 2018.


Drone to fly 4,000 miles to RIAT

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems’ MQ-9B SkyGuardian is due to take off from its base in North Dakota for a 4,000 mile journey to land at RAF Fairford on 11th June in time to become a static display at RIAT. It will be the first civilian-registered Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) to make a transatlantic flight and land in the UK.

Sky Guardian


Another static for Yeovilton Air Day

A former Royal Navy Search and Rescue Sea King HU5, now operated by HeliOperations, has been added to the static displays at Yeovilton Air Day

Sea King HU5


P-36C withdrawn from Legends

The Curtiss-Wright P-36C, G-CIXJ, has been withdrawn from the flying displays at Flying Legends


Old Bucks

Aerobatic Tactics: Boeing Stearman and Wingwalker, has been added to the flying displays at the Old Buckenham Airshow


Fireflies Schedule

The Fireflies have announced their schedule of daytime and twilight displays. The schedule is on the Fireflies web site.


Berlin Express

North American P-51B Mustang 'Berlin Express' has been withdrawn from Flying Legends


Abingdon 2019

The 2019 Abingdon Air and Country Show will be on 5th May


Airshow Display Updates

The following displays have been added since 11th June (flying unless stated)

  • Biggin Hill FoF:
    Haker Fury FB.11
  • Yeovilton:
    Meteor T7 x 2 (Martin-Baker) (static)
  • Southport:
    Bristol Blenheim
    Typhoon (was on original Typhoon schedule, then removed, now returned. Sunday only)
  • Old Bucks:
    Bremont Great War Display Team
  • Flying Legends:
    Bücker Jungmann G-BSAJ (Skytricks)
    Supermarine Spitfire TR9 G-CTIX (ARC)
  • Biggin Hill FoF:
    Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers
  • RIAT:
    ATL2 (AKA Atlantique 2) (French Navy) (previously static)
    Pilatus PC-9M (Slovenian Air Force)
    Su-27P 'Flanker' (Ukraine Air Force)
    Su-27UB 'Flanker' (twin seat) (Ukraine Air Force) (static)
    IL-76MD 'Candid' Transport (Ukraine Air Force) (static)
    C-130K Hercules (Austrian Air Force)(static)
    Tecnam P2002 (static)
    Ikarus C42 x2 (static)
    Diamond DA20 (static)
    Gnat T.1 (static)
    OV-10B Bronco (static)
    SC-7 Skyvan (static)
    Hawker Fury (static)
    Royal Aircraft Factory Be-2 (static)
    Avro Tutor (static)
    Spitfire Mk.Vc (static)
    Avro Anson (static)
    Pembroke C Mk.1 (static)
    TB-20 Trinidad (static)
    RUAG Do-228 (static)
    Hawk T.2 (RAF) (static)
    Grob Prefect (RAF) (static)
    C-130H (Jordan) (static)
    Pilatus PC-9M 'Swift' (Slovenian Air Force) (static)
    L410UVP (Slovenian Air Force) (static)
    HC-130P/N (USAF) (static)


Cosford 2019

The RAF Cosford Air Show 2019 will be on June 9th. See our review of the 2018 RAF Cosford Air Show.


Airshow Display Updates

The following displays were added week beginning 3rd June (flying unless stated)

  • Farnborough:
    Red Bull Race Team (demo race)
  • Shuttleworth Military Pageant:
    P-47D Thunderbolt
  • Yeovilton:
    Falcon 50M (French Navy)
    G 120TP (QinetiQ) (Static)
    H125 (QinetiQ) (Static)
    F-16BM Fighting Falcon (Royal Danish Air Force) (Static)
  • RIAT
    CV-22B Osprey
    F-15E (USAF) (static)
    F-15C (USAF) (static)
    MC-130J Commando II (USAF) (static)
    KC-135R (USAF) (static)
    CV-22B Osprey (USAF) (static - also one flying)
    HH-60G (USAF) (static)
    C-130 Hercules (Pakistan Air Force) (static)
  • Biggin Hill FoF:
    Hawker Hurricane 'P2902' (Anglia Aircraft Restorations)
  • Flying Legends
    Douglas DC-6B (Flying Bulls - replacing Alpha Jets) Heritage Flight: F-35A & P-51D Mustang
    Spitfire Mk X1 'PL983'

3rd - 10th June


Airshow Display Updates

The following displays were added week beginning 28th May (flying unless stated)

  • Torbay:
    Bristol Blenheim (both days)
    Spitfire Mk 1x (both days)
    The above replace:
    BBMF Spitfire
    BBMF Hurricane
    Vampire pair
    (all unserviceable)
  • Farnborough
    Boeing 727 Oil Spill (T2 Aviation)
  • Props and Pistons:
    Mustang (Hangar 11)
    Spitfire (BBMF)
    Thunderbolt (Air Leasing)
    Beech 18
  • C&SC Show (Flywheel):
    Tiger 9
  • RIAT:
    A330 Voyager KC.2/3 (RAF Static)
    A400M Atlas C.1 (RAF Static)
    C-130J Hercules C.4/5 (RAF Static)
    E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (RAF Static)
    Grob Tutor x 2 (RAF Static)
    Grob Viking TX.1 x 2 (RAF Static)
    H135 Juno HT.1 (RAF Static)
    H145 Jupiter HT.1 (RAF Static)
    Hawk T.1/1A (RAF Static)
    King Air 350 (RAF Static)
    Phenom 100 (RAF Static)
    RC-135W (RAF Static)
    Sentinel R.1 (RAF Static)
    Tornado GR.4 x 2 (RAF Static)
    Tucano T.1 x 2 (RAF Static)
    Typhoon FGR.4/T.3 x2 (RAF Static)
    C-130H (Royal Netherlands Air Force) (Static)
    F-16 AM/BM (Royal Netherlands Air Force) (Static)
    CH-47D Chinook (Royal Netherlands Air Force) (Static)
    Do-228 (Royal Netherlands Air Force) (Static)
    AH-64D Apache (Royal Netherlands Air Force) (Static)
    F-16 (Royal Norwegian Air Force) (Static)
    F-16 (Static) (Royal Danish Air Force)
    C-130J (Static) (The Royal Danish Air Force)
  • Wales Air Show:
    Aerosuperbatics (wingwalkers)
  • RAF Cosford:
    Harrier GR9 (static)
  • Shuttleworth Fly Navy:
    Spitfire Mk Vc (Shuttleworth Collection)
    Lancaster (Flypast)
  • Little Gransden:
    Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Farnborough Air Show:
    DC-6B (replaces one of the Alpha Jets)
  • Flying Legends:
    Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI (Low Back) (G-OXVI)
  • Farnborough:
    Boeing 727 (Oil Spill - static & display with Blades)
    F-16 (US DoD)(static)
    Hercules (US DoD) (static)
    Apache (US DoD) (static)
    Chinook (US DoD) (static).


Airshow Display Updates

The following displays were added week ending 27th May (flying unless stated)

  • Goodwood Revival:
    (Celebrating RAF100 - all static)
    Auster AOP 5
    Anson 19
    Miles Magister G-AKAT
  • Weston-Super-Mare:
    BO105 (Flying Bulls)
  • Bournemouth:
  • Wales National (Swansea):
  • RIAT:
    B-1B (static)
    B-52H (static)
    Hawker Hunter Mk.58 (static)
    SL-2000 Ultralight (Centennial Wings Project)
    F-16 (Belgain Air Force)
    AgustaWestland A109 (Belgain Air Force)
    Embraer ERJ-135/145 (Static) (Belgain Air Force)
    Airbus A400M (Airbus)
  • RAF Cosford:
  • Hawk T2 x4 (RAF)(Flypast)
    Tucano, Viking & Juno (all static)
  • Biggin Hill:
  • Great War Display Team
  • Yeovilton:
    Bristol Scout (static)
    Westland Wasp (static)
  • Flying Legends:
    Hurrican Mk11a F-AZXR
  • Southport:
    CAP232 Pair
  • Plymouth Armed Forces Day:
    Red Devils
    Richard Goodwin
    Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers
    Mark Jefferies
    Corinne Dennis (Pitts Special)


Commando Role Demo at Yeovilton

At Yeovilton Air Day on Sat 7th July there will be a Commando Helicopter Force Role Demo involving 2 Merlin HC3 and 2 Wildcat HC1 helicopters, with 2 Hawk T1s from RNAS Culdrose, culminating in a wall of fire.


Stow Maries sold out

Wings and Wheels at Stow Maries Aerodrome on Sunday 20th May is sold out. There will be no tickets on the gate.


Airshow Display Updates

The following displays were added between 9th and 18th May (flying unless stated)

  • Newcastle Festival of Flight (NI):
    CASA CN235 Maritime Patrol (Irish Air Corps)
    Vans RV7 (Gerry Humphreys)
  • Yeovilton Air Day:
    Commando assault comprising:
    Merlin HC3 x2
    Wildcat AH1 x2
    Hawk T1 x2
  • RAF Cosford:
    F-16 "Dark Falcon" (Belgian Air Force)
    Agusta A109 (Belgian Air Force)
    Curtiss P-40F Warhawk Lees Hope (static)
    Fairchild Argus (static)
    Grob Prefect (static)
    Airbus A400M Atlas (flypast)
  • RIAT:
    Frecce Tricolori
    C-27J Spartan
    T-346 /M-346 Jet trainer
    C-27J Spartan (static)
    Typhoon (static)
    Tornado (static)
    HH-101 helicopter (static)
    HH-139 helicopter (static)
  • Southport:
    Spitfire pair, flown by Paul Bonhomme and Steve Jones (of Matadors fame)
    P-51D Mustang 'Tall in the Saddle'. Peter Teichman's last ever display
  • Duxford Air Festival:
    Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
  • Torbay:
    AeroSuperbatics Wingwalkers


Flight over Dams

Because the winds were too high for the Lancaster, Typhoon ZK363 made the flypast along the Upper Derwent Valley instead (after fears it would be cancelled because of poor visibility at low level).


Lancaster Dams Sortie subect to weather

The RAF have issued a press release to announce that if (as seems likely at the moment) the wind speed is too high, the flight of the BBMF Lancaster over the Upper Derwent Valley and the Eyebrook Reservoir will not go ahead.


Belgian F-16 UK dates

The Belgian F-16 Demo Team have confirmed three UK displays in 2018. They are RAF Cosford, Yeovilton and RIAT.


Gerald Cooper

Gerald Cooper, who usually flies his XtremeAir XA41 as a competition and display aerobatic pilot, has joined The Blades as Blade 4


Airshow Display Updates
The following displays were added during the week following the Bank Holiday weeknd:
  • Southport:
    Mig-15 (Sat & Sun)
    Vampire pair (Sat & Sun)
  • Midlands Air Festival:
    Bristol Blenheim
    Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1 'N3200'
  • RIAT:
    Chinook (RAF)
    Westland Gazelle (AAC)(static)
    Defender (AAC)(static)
    Antonov An-2 (Estonian Air Force)(static)
    Leonardo M-346 Master (static)
    Bristow Helicopters' AW189 (static)
    Broussard utility aircraft (static)
    S6 Coyote (static)
    PA-28 (static)
    EuroFox (static)
  • Yeovilton:
    Wildcat HMA2, solo with flares and pyros
    Wildcat HMA2 x2 FLYPAST
    Wildcat HMA2 x3 (static)
    Avenger T1 (static)
    Hawk T1 (static)
    Merlin HM2 x 2 (static)
    Boeing E-3A (static)
  • Old Warden:
    The display schedules for the May Evening Airshow and Fly Navy have been published on the Shuttleworth Collection website. Click the blue text to go there.
  • Farnborough:
    The Blades
  • RAF Cosford:
    Blackburn B2 (static)
    DH60 Cirrus Moth (static)
    Percival Pembroke C1
    Avro Anson (BAe Systems)
    Juno HT1 & Jupiter HT1 helicopters FLYPAST
  • Biggin Hill:
    Bristol Blenheim
    Richard Goodwin
  • Wales National:
    Great War Display Team


Airshow Displays Update 6th & 7th May
The following displays were added over the Bank Holiday weekend:
  • Midlands Air Festival:
    P-47 Thunderbolt 'Nellie'
  • RAF Cosford:
    P-47 Thunderbolt 'Nellie' (Static)


Harrier will be at Farnborough

The Spanish Navy's Hawker Harrier has been included in the flying displays at the Farnborough Airshow



Airshow Displays Update 4th May
The following displays were added on 4th May, all flying unless stated:
  • RAF Cosford Air Show
    Boeing B757-2K2 (New Zealand Air Force)
  • Duxford Air Festival
    Fairey Swordfish (Navy Wings) (confirmation)
    Hawker Sea Fury T.20 (Navy Wings) (confirmation)
  • Flying Legends
    Hispano HA-1112-M4L Buchon, Bf109 “Yellow 7″(G-AWHM)


Shuttleworth Premiere sold out

The Shuttleworth Premiere and RAF Centenary airshow at Old Warden on May 6th has sold out. There will be no tickets on the gate.


Airshow Displays Update 3rd May
The following displays were added on 3rd May, all flying unless stated:
  • Clacton:
    Fireflies (Thurs dusk)
    Twisters (Thurs dusk)
    (Otto already listed for Thurs dusk)
  • RIAT (all stataic):
    A400M (Luftwaffe)
    EF2000 (Luftwaffe)
    Tornado ECR/IDS (x2) (Luftwaffe)
    C-160 Transall (Luftwaffe)
    EC-135 (German Navy)



Airshow Displays Update 2nd May
The following displays were added on 2nd May, all flying unless stated:
  • Little Gransden:
    Sea Fury (RNHF)(confirmation)
  • Cosford:
    Two Grob Prefect and two Grob Tutors (Flypast)
  • Yeovilton:
    C-130J-30 Hercules (Royal Norwegian Air Force) (static)
    P-3C Orion (German Navy) (static)


BBMF 2018 Schedule

The BBMF have published their 2018 display schedule


Airshow Displays Update 1st May
The following displays were added to airshow line-ups, all flying unless stated:
  • RIAT
    MiG-21 LanceR-C
    Alenia C-27J (Static)
  • Biggin Hill
    Spitfire Mk lX MH434
    Spitfire Mk Xl (Hangar 11)
  • Great Yarmouth
    Long EZ and Autogyro
  • RAF Cosford
    Rafale Display Team
  • Headcorn Battle of Britain
    Supermarine Spitfire NH341 'Elizabeth'
    Supermarine Spitfire TD314 'St George'
    Hawker Hurricane P3700
    Hawker Hurricane P3717
    North American Harvard 493209
    de Havilland Tiger Moth K4259
    de Havilland Tiger Moth G-PWBE
    de Havilland Devon VP981
    Thruxton Jackaroo
    Percival Prentice VR259
    Douglas C47 Dakota 'Drag 'em Oot'
    Messerschmitt ME108
  • Farnborough (all static):
    Folland Gnat T.1
    Jet Provost T.3
    Jet Provost T5A



Seafire for sale

Air Leasing's Seafire is for sale.



Airshow display updates (27th April)
  • Abingdon:
    Lockheed Martin C130J Hercules (Static but flying in on the day)
  • Wales Airshow:
    Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane
  • Yeovilton: Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (USAF) (Static)
    P-8A Poseidon (United States Navy) (Static)
  • RIAT: All static, Royal Navy:
    Avenger T.1
    Hawk T.1
    Merlin HC.3
    Merlin HM.2
    Sea King ASaC.7
    Wildcat HMA.2
  • Southport:
    FireFlies (Fri, Sat & Sun.)
    OTTO the helicopter (Fri, Sat & Sun.)
    Brendan O'Brien's Piper Cub (Fri evening only)
    Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers, (Sat & Sun.)


Airshow display updates (26th April)

• Confirmed for RIAT from the French Air Force Couteau Delta tactical display and Rafale Solo display with two Alpha Jet trainers on static. The French Army has confirmed a static pair of SA330 Puma helicopters. Also added to the statics are an RAF C-17A Globemaster & Puma, Army Air Corps Wildcat, Flying Bulls Bo105 & Bristol Sycamore and a Cessna 152 & Tecnam Sierra from the RAF Halton Aeroplane Club.
• An 8th Spitfire, FR XIV (G-SPIT), has been added to Flying Legends.
• The Vampire pair, Strikemaster and Autogyro added at Torbay.
Bournemouth Air Festival have confirmed Sally B will display.

(Click any blue text for displays announced so far and preview of that show)



Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, re-imported from the USA as 'No Guts, No Glory', has been repainted. She retains her metal finish but is now F4-J 'Nellie'.


Photo: Ultimate Warbird Flights


Flying display updates, 25th April

• The Typhoon has been added to the displays at the Shuttleworth Season Premiere on May 6th.
• There is now a trio of displays from France at the Duxford Air Festival on 26th / 27th May. As well as Patrouille de France, the Rafale and Equipe de Voltige will also display.
• The RAF Chinook has been added to the list at the Biggin Hill Festival of Flight on Saturday 18th August.



Yeovilton updates

More flying updates for Yeovilton Air Day: MiG-15UTI (Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron); Sea Fury T20 (Fly Navy Heritage Trust); Morane-Saulnier Paris (Armor Aéro Passion); Fouga Zéphyr (Association Zéphyr 28); Sea King ASaC7 (Royal Navy); Chinook (RAF).

Also, static: Sea Fury FB11 (Royal Navy Historic Flight).


French Rafale M at RIAT

The French Navy Rafale M pair will be performing their tactical demonstration at RIAT


Patrouille de France

The only UK display by the Patrouille de France this year will be at the Duxford Air Festival


Great Yarmouth Additions

Richard Goodwin, Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers and the Catalina are additions to the flying display at Great Yarmouth Airshow


Chinook and Tornado for Cosford

A Tornado GR4 flypast and RAF Chinook display have been added to the flying schedule at the RAF Cosford Air Show


Finnish Air Force

The only UK entry in the Finnish Air Force 2018 schedule is a display by the F-18C at RIAT on 13th - 15th July. There are no UK dates this year for the Midnight Hawks or other Finnish teams.


Folkestone Air Show

An Airshow will return to Folkestone this year. The Battle of Britain Airshow and Careers Day will be over The Leas and will feature the Red Arrows on 22nd July and the BBMF's Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane trio on 21st & 22nd.


Red Arrows Displays

The RAF Red Arrows have released their display schedule for the 2018 season. And a very busy season it will prove to be, with no fewer than 58 displays over 42 venues before the 16-week season ends.
Red Arrows displaysMore ....


Mike Ling to be Red 3 for 2018

Mike Ling, longest serving Red Arrows pilot and long-time Red 10, will return to the Red Arrows, taking the Red 3 position, for the 2018 season, substituting for the injured Flt Lt David Stark. Mike will not now be flying with the Blades this year.

Red Arrows


Navy Wings Displays 2018

Navy Wings have issued the 2018 display schedule for their Swordfish and Sea Fury. Many dates have still to be confirmed by the shows.


Frecce Tricolori for RIAT

Frecce Tricolori, the Italian National display team, have included RIAT in their 2018 schedule. No other UK appearances are listed.

Frecce Tricolori


Typhoon Displays

The Typhoon Display Team have issued their 2018 display schedule. As well as displays at 18 public airshows it includes four non-UK venues and nine private RAF events.

Typhoon displays


Finnish F-18C at RIAT

The Finnish Air Force will send an F-18C for the flying displays at RIAT. Three Chipmunks, a Bulldog T.1, microlights from RAF Halton, a Gulfstream business jet, a Hawker Hunter and Gloster Meteor were also added to the statics today.


Another Gripen for RIAT

The Swedish Air Force will be sending a JAS-39 Gripen for the flying display and another for the static park at RIAT, joining the Czech Gripen already in the flying line-up.

Czech Gripen


Miss Velma back at Legends

Mustang 'Miss Velma', which was damaged in an emergency landing in a nearby field when the engine cut out at Flying Legends 2017, will be back at Flying Legends this year.

Miss Velma



Stow Maries centenary event sold out

RAF Centenary event on 1st April at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is sold out.


Flying Bulls in UK

The Flying Bulls 2018 schedule includes 5 UK dates: Cosford Airshow on June 10 (Sycamore & BO105), Yeovilton Air Day on July 7 (Sycamore & BO105), Duxford Flying Legends on July 14-15 (P-38, B-25, Corsair & Alpha Jet pair), RIAT on July 13-15 and Farnbourough on July 21-22 (P-38, B-25, Corsair & Alpha Jet).


Teignmouth & Dawlish Airshow

Plans mooted several months ago for a 2-day, 2-venue Teignmouth and Dawlish Airshow have been deferred until 2019 because time has run out to get the show off the ground this year. Hopes are high for an inaugural show next year.


Red Arrows Displays

Although the RAF have not yet confirmed the Red Arrows 2018 display schedule, Sunderland Airshow, Cromer Carnival and the Whitby and Sidmouth Regattas are all reporting that the team will display at their respective events.

Red Arrows


MiG-29 at Cosford

The Polish Air Force MiG-29 has been added to the flying displays at the RAF Cosford Airshow on June 10th



Sunderland Flying List

A provisional flying list for the Sunderland Airshow has been released, although several of the displays are subject to confirmation and more could be added.


RAF Tutor display is back

The RAF Tutor Display Team will be back this year. The display pilot will be Flt Lt Andy Sell. The display schedule includes 12 public airshows. The list is on their Facebook Page.

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Duxford Air Festival participation

The first 2 dozen flying displays for Duxford's May airshow have been revealed, with more to come.


Mustang 'Trusty Rusty' for Legends

North American P-51D Mustang 'Trusty Rusty' will make its UK debut at Flying Legends this year


No Northumberland Wings & Wheels 2018

There will be no Northumberland Wings & Wheels in 2018 but the organisers hope to bring it back in 2019.


Classic Formation added to Flying Legends

The Classic Formation, comprising a DC3 and 3 Beech 18s have been added to the Flying Legends display schedule


Red Arrows Tragedy

There is official confirmation that, in an accident involving a Red Arrows Hawk T1 shortly after take-off from RAF Valley, North Wales, at around 13.50 on 20th March the pilot, Flt Lt David Stark, ejected sustaining injuries but the engineer, Corporal Jonathan Bayliss, who was the passenger, did not survive. RIP, Sir.

Corporal Jonathan Bayliss


Spitfire AR501 has flown

Mk V Spitfire AR501 was flown for the first time today since undergoing renovation at Old Warden. Stu Goldspink was the pilot for the 15 minute flight.


Norwegian Mustang displays

The Norwegian Spitfire Foundation's P51D Mustang will display at Flying Legends, Midlands Air Festival and Old Buckenham Air Show.

Mustang The Shark



The gathering of de Havilland Moths was to have been at Old Warden but has moved to RAF Henlow and is now a deHavilland Moth Club member-only event. The Moth Club Charity Flying Weekend is not affected and is still at Old Warden on 23rd - 24th June.


Berlin Express back at Legends

P-51B Mustang ‘Berlin Express’, which was flown over from the USA for Flying Legends 2017 but lost its canopy on the Saturday, is back in the flying displays for 2018

Berlin Express


Another F-16 at Yeovilton

A third F-16, this time the newly-painted one from the Belgian Air Force, will join those already announced from Denmark and Greece at this year's Yeovilton Air Day.


Festival of Flight (NI) remains 1-day

Officials had been keen for the Newcastle Festival of Flight to be stretched from 1 to 2 days, but the budget increase was not sufficient to enable a two-day airshow.


Blades added to Great Yarmouth Line-up

The Blades have been added to the flying displays at the new Great Yarmouth Airshow. Earlier announcements include the Wildcats and the Tigers Freefall Parachute Display team.


Soloturk listed for RIAT

The Turkish Air force F-16 Demonstration Team 'Soloturk' have listed RIAT in their 2018 schedule, although the appearance has not yet been confirmed by the show organisers. If confirmed this would be the third F-16 at the show: the Greek and Danish F-16 displays have already been announced although only the Greek one has been confirmed by RIAT.



2-seater Buchon Debut

Air Leasing's 2 seater Buchon 'Red 11' will make its Flying Legends debut this year.


Moonbeam McSwine off to USA

The French Mustang F-AZXS is going to a new owner in the USA. Although based in France, Moonbeam McSwine was seen at UK airshows. This picture is from Flying Legends 2015.

Moonbeam McSwine


Danish and Greek F-16s added to Yeovilton displays

The F-16AM from the Danish Air Force and the F-16 'Zeus' of the Hellenic Air Force are the most recent additions to the flying displays at Yeovilton Air Day


Heritage Flight confirmed for RIAT

The display of the F-35 and P-51D Mustang, announced by the USAF on 20th February, has been confirmed by RIAT


Royal Jordanian Falcons for Yeovilton

The Royal Jordanian Falcons have been added to the flying displays at Yeovilton Air Day


Sunken Wartime Aircraft found

USS Lexington and several warbirds have been discovered by Paul Allen Expeditions about 2 miles below the Coral Sea near Australia. So far, 11 of the 35 planes on board have been found. There are photos on The Aerospace Geek's Facebook page.


Retrotec to build People's Mosquito

The building and testing of 'The People's Mosquito', a de Havilland Mosquito FB.Vl, has been entrusted to Retrotec Ltd.


Hurribomber to 2-seater

Ex-Hangar 11's 'Hurribomber' BE505 "Pegs" is to be converted into a 2-seater Hurricane by Hawker Restorations, with the prospect that passengers will one day be able to buy flights.

Hurricane BE505



P-47 Thunderbolt returning to UK

'No Guts, No Glory', the P-47 that displayed in the UK until just over a decade ago, is being exported from the USA back to the UK. It has been re-registered as G-THUN (its previous UK registration) by Fighter Aviation Engineering Ltd., Essex.


Hellenic AF F-16 for Yeovilton & RIAT

The Hellenic Air Force F-16 Demo Team 'ZEUS' have six displays listed outside Greece in 2018 and two of them are in the UK: Yeovilton and RIAT


F-35 Heritage Flight lists RIAT

The USAF have listed an appearance of their F-35 Heritage Flight at RIAT in their display schedule for 2018. This was confirmed by RIAT on 8th March.


Yeovilton Flying Additions

Solo displays from the Czech Air Force Saab JAS-39C Gripen and Aero L-159A ALCA are the latest additions to the flying at Yeovilton Air Day


Patrulla Aguila list RIAT

The Spanish Air Force Patrulla Aguila have listed RIAT in their calendar. Update: this display was confirmed by the show on 1st March.

Patrulla Aguila


Blenheim added to Legends line-up

The Bristol Blenheim has been added to the flying displays at Flying Legends. There are now 18 aircraft in the list, including 5 Spitfires (so far).

Bristol Blenheim


Straight-wing ex-military jet aerobatics ban to end

The ban on straight-wing ex-military jets performing aerobatic manoeuvres will end when the CAA issues a revised safety notice on 28th February. The ban on aerobatics by swept-wing jets will remain in place.

Strikemaster and Jet provost


Czech Displays at RIAT

The Czech Air Force have confirmed that their JAS-39 Gripen and L-159 ALCA will perform solo flying displays at RIAT 2018


RIAT Saturday Earlybird as well as all Super Earlybird now SOLD OUT

RIAT Super Earlybird tickets for all three days and Saturday Earlybird tickets have sold out. Earlybird tickets are now being sold (£50) for Friday and Sunday. When Earlybird quotas are exhausted, standard price tickets will be £55. All FRIAT are also sold out.


Belgian A109 UK displays

The Belgian Air Force A109 Display Team have RAF Cosford, RIAT and Eastbourne's Airbourne in their 2018 display schedule. The displays have yet to be confirmed by the shows.


Finnish NH90 at RIAT

The Finnish Army will be sending an NH90 TTH for the flying display and another for the static display at RIAT



Torbay may add evening show

The Torbay airshow will celebrate the RAF's centenary and may add an evening display with airborne pyrotechnics.

Otto at night


GWDT will be at RIAT

The Great War Display Team will be at RIAT for the first time since 2008. They are due to display on all three days. The exact number of aircraft is not known yet, but there will be pyros.

Great War Display Team



Update: The following will not now happen as Mike is substituting for Flt Lt David Stark and flying as Red 3.
Mike Ling will be Blade 3

Mike Ling MBE, longest-serving Red Arrows pilot and former Red 10, will be joining The Blades as a ‘guest’ pilot, flying as Blade 3.


Gizmo hands over to Vador

Gizmo, Belgian F-16 pilot for the last 3 years, has formally handed the reigns to his successor Cdt Avi Stefan ‘Vador’ Darte


Pakistan Air Force at Cosford

Pakistan Air Force will be sending a C-130E Hercules for static display at the RAF Cosford Air Show


Duxford tickets on sale

Tickets for all Duxford Air Shows, including Flying Legends, are now on sale.


More Canadian Aircraft at RIAT

The Royal Canadian Air Force will display a CC-130 Hercules, CC-177 Globemaster and CP-140 Aurora in the static park at RIAT


Victory Show 2018

The Victory Show will be going ahead this year, on 31st August - 2nd September. Despite the cancellation of flying in 2017, flying and static displays are expected this year.

Victory Show


Vampires for RIAT

RIAT have now confirmed the display by The Norwegian Historic Flight's two Vampires, announced by the operators a few days ago. The Vampire pair will display in their special 2018 RAF Centenary livery.



Ferocious Frankie now in Turkey

This North American P-51D Mustang, until recently operated by the Old Flying Machine Company and based at Duxford alongside their Spitfire MH434, has been sold and now belongs to a private owner in Turkey.

Ferocious Frankie with Spitfire MH434


Hurricane Mk llB BE505 new owner

The 'Hurribomber' previously owned by Peter Teichman (Hangar 11) was sold just before Christmas.
It has now been registered by Hawker Restorations Ltd., based in Ipswich, the company that owned it prior to Hangar 11 and that restored it. There had been fears that the Hurribomber would go abroad.



No Apache Display in 2018

There will be no AAC Apache display in 2018. Hopefully the display will return in 2019.



Norwegian Vampires in RAF colours

The Norwegian Historic Flight's Vampires will be painted in RAF markings to celebrate the RAF's centenary when they display at some of the biggest British Airshows.


GWDT at RAF Cosford Airshow

The Great War Display Team will be at the RAF Cosford Airshow as part of the 'Policing the Empire' theme

Great War Display Team


Swiss PC-7 and F/A 18 for RIAT

The Swiss Air Force will be sending their PC-7 team, flying 9 Pilatus PC-7s, and their F/A 18C solo jet display to RIAT

Swiss RIAT teams


Flying Bulls 5-ship at Flying Legends

The first flying displays have been announced for Flying Legends and include the Flying Bulls 5-ship. This display has their pair of Alphas in formation with the B-25, Corsair and P-38 Lightning.

Flying Bulls 5-ship formation


Invited to RIAT

Air arms and other operators invited to RIAT 2018 are on the RIAT web site under 'Latest updates'.

All confirmed displays are listed on the RIAT web site under 'confirmed aircraft'.


 December 2017

Radial & Trainer Fly-in

The event was to have been held at Compton Abbas on May 12-13, but will not now be held there. The organisers are looking for a new venue and the date may also change.


Aircraft and RAF Stamps

The Royal Mail will issue a set of 10 stamps in March 2018 to mark the centenary of the RAF. The set will feature aircraft, including the Vulcan, and the Red Arrows.

Vulcan stamp


No Scottish International Airshow in 2019

The local authority have withdrawn funding for the 2019 Scottish International Airshow, Ayr. The 2018 show will go ahead and the 2020 show will be OK as long as the organisers meet some Council demands, according to a newspaper report.


Newcastle Festival of Flight August 11-12?

Doubts remain about whether this Northern Ireland show will be stretched to 2 days as earlier hoped. Officials are said to be keen on a 2-day show but the necessary budget has not been put in place. Much may depend on the availability of sponsorship.


Thunderbirds Leader

Lt. Col. Kevin "Lowen" Walsh is the new leader of the Thunderbirds, replacing Lt Col Jason Heard, who was "relieved of duty".


RCAF CF-18 confirmed for RIAT and Yeovilton

RIAT have confirmed that the Canadian CF-18 Demo Team will display at the show in July 2018 and Yeovilton have confirmed the display on 7th July

Canadian CF-18


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).


 November 2017

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.