Flightline UK hopes all it readers had a very merry christmas and have a very happy new year. Hopefully the good weather we had in 2009 will continue for the next air display season. 2010 is promising to be an exciting display season with the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain providing the focus for a number of airshows.
There should be plenty of Spitfires and Hurricanes gathering at venues such as Biggin Hill, Duxford and Shoreham for some spectacular set piece displays. Biggin Hill is looking to attract some of the allied air forces that also took part in the Battle and things are looking look for a couple of spectacular performers to make their Biggin début. The modern day Royal Air Force will of course pay tribute with major displays at Cosford, Waddington, RIAT and Leuchars.
Elsewhere, RNAS Yeovilton will be celebrating it’s own 70th Anniversary and Shoreham Airport it’s 100th! Both should see some very special displays at their respective airshows. RIAT is looking good in 2010 having already announced participation from the Romanian Air Force with MiG-21 Lancers and a C-27J Spartan. Waddington too is finally hosting some decent foreign military participation with a sizeable contingent from the Czech Republic (Gripens, L-159s, Mi-24 and An-26.) Hopefully, both shows will be announcing further débuts in the coming weeks.
There’s also plenty of new display acts for 2010. Richard Grace is putting together a Pitts Special Duo while Pete Wells, Andy Preece and Guy Westgate will be seen displaying a pair of Silence Twisters. The “Duo” concept is proving to be popular with Bob Grimstead working on a Fournier pair and also a pair of “Boredom Fighters” available for displays in 2010. Hopefully the Royal Navy Historic Flight will be back with it’s unique and varied collection of naval air power back to full strength. Another historic collection that will hopefully be making a comeback will be the Fighter Collection after some paperwork issues with the CAA. In any case, TFC will undoubtedly be putting on the finest warbird flying display at Flying Legends Airshow in July.
Here’s to an exciting 2010!