The Fighter Collection is delighted to announce a surprise addition to the flying participation for the Flying Legends Air Show 2014.
The Planes of Fame Boeing P-26 Peashooter will cross the Atlantic to display at the Flying Legends Air Show; the only opportunity to see this unique aircraft in action in 2014. You can see the aircraft up-close on the flight line walk before watching it perform a stunning solo display during the afternoon’s flying programme.
The Boeing P-26 Peashooter was the first all-metal US Army fighter monoplane. 151 aircraft were built from 1932 to 1936. They first saw combat with the Chinese Nationalist Air Force on 15 August 1937. On this day, eight P-26 Peashooters engaged 20 Japanese Claude bombers and scored two victories without loss.
One of a group of P-26s, turned over to the Philippine Army in late 1941, was amongst the first Allied fighters to down a Japanese aircraft in the Second World War.
This P-26 Peashooter, the only airworthy example in the world, was acquired by Ed Maloney, Founder of the Planes of Fame Air Museum, in 1955. It resides at the museum in Chino, California.
Over 50 aircraft will take part in this year’s Flying Legends Air Show, including four rare Mark I Spitfires amongst a total of 12 Spitfires taking to the skies.
The Flying Bulls return with their superb Lockheed P-38 Lightning, North American B-25 Mitchell and Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair. There is also a rare chance to see the Breitling Super Constellation in the UK. This sleek post-war passenger aircraft will be open for visitors to clamber aboard and explore before it takes to the skies for a thrilling flying display.
The Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin Stifung Foundation flies its Junkers Ju-52 to the Flying Legends Air Show from Germany; French-based Amicale Jean Baptiste SALIS presents its Junkers Ju-52; and Dakota Norway returns to the Flying Legends Air Show with its Douglas C-53D-DO Dakota.
The Fighter Collection presents its entire collection of historic aircraft at this year’s Flying Legends Air Show, including a rare Hawker Nimrod Mark I and a Gloster Gladiator, the last biplane fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force.
The Flying Legends Air Show has a unique nostalgic wartime atmosphere.
In the Vintage Village, enjoy live music from The Manhattan Dolls, who’ll be jetting in from New York to thrill the crowds with evocative 1940s songs, and also from the Winslow Concert Band, who’ll be performing wartime Swing and Big Band numbers.
You can also climb aboard the Home Front Bus, have a vintage hair and make-up transformation and sit in a replica Spitfire. Laurel and Hardy will be creating havoc in the Vintage Village with their slapstick comedy.
Meet Ops 1939-45, who represent Battle of Britain-era RAF pilots and ground crew with uncanny accuracy. They’ll be chatting to visitors in their dispersal point display as they await the call to scramble.
The 42nd Field Hospital portrays US Army medical personnel from the Second World War, while the Screaming Eagles Living History Group will be representing servicemen from the 101st US Airborne Division, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Easy Company during the Second World War. They will have displays at the air show and will be bringing the 1940s to life in US style.
Following a career as a Chief Pilot and Aviation Department Manager for a large financial company in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, Paul is now a co-pilot for the Commemorative Air Forces, flying the Boeing B-29 Superfortress and the Boeing B-24 Liberator. At the Flying Legends Air Show, he’ll be chatting to visitors about flying these iconic aircraft.
Paul says: “Flying the B-29 is a privilege. I think about the responsibility I have before each flight. The plane has no boosted controls, and is physically demanding to fly. The view out the front requires some getting used to. However, after a little practice, the plane is just fun to fly! She is a grand lady!”
Join us for the world-famous Flying Legends Air Show; a unique air show experience.