Flightline UK has been developing airshow reviews for many years and our archives go back to 2003. Below you will find all reviews published on the Flightline UK website grouped by the relavent airshow season

Royal International Air Tattoo 2018, RAF Fairford - Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

Royal International Air Tattoo 2018, RAF Fairford – Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

2018 Display Season

The 2018 Display Season was dominated by celebrations to mark RAF100. The main airshows marking the centenary were the RAF Cosford Air Show and the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. RAF100 was also marked at a number of other events.


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Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

2017 Display Season

2017 sees the 70th Anniversary of the United States Air Force and this theme will undoubtedly feature at some of the major UK and Europe airshows. However, the biggest celebration will be at the Royal International Air Tattoo in July which will likely see the strongest support from the current USAF. 2017 also sees a new major events at RAF Scampton. In Europe, Belgium’s only major civilian airshow, the International Sanicole Airshow, will celebrate its 40th edition with a truly international line-up of displays.

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Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

2016 Display Season

2016 will be an interesting year with the major airshows marking a wide variety of themes. The RAF’s only major airshow of the year will take place at RAF Cosford which will celebrate the development of the jet engine, training and the 75th Anniversary of the Air Cadets. The latter theme will also be marked in a big way at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. 2016 should also finally see the European début of the F-35 Lightning II and it is hoped that it will appear a number of big events events including RIAT and Farnborough amongst others.

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Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

2015 Display Season

2015 marked the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain plus the 70th Anniversaries of VE and VJ days. The Battle of Britain was marked at many major events including the Royal International Air Tattoo. Leading the commemorations will be the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which mounted special formations at RIAT and other events around the country. VE Day Commemorations were marked at IWM Duxford, the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden plus the RAF’s only airshow of the year at RAF Cosford.

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Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

2014 saw the start of commemorations marking 100 Years since the First World War and also the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Arnhem Campaign. Many events up and down the country marked these important anniversaries with special flying displays. 2014 also saw the RAF Red Arrows celebrate their 50th Display Season with major events at the RAF Waddington International Airshow and a THREE DAY Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

2013

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2013 sees a number of new airshows join the circuit as well as the return of some old favourites. There are also some important anniversaries to be marked including the 95th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force and the 70th Anniversary of the ‘Dambusters’ raid by 617 Squadron in 1943.

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Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

2012 saw the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which wase marked at a number of events including at Duxford and the Royal International Air Tattoo. Major aviation anniversaries included the 100th Anniversary of the Central Flying School and the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of the USAAF 8th Air Force.

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Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

2011 was an eventful display season. The season marked the 50th Anniversary of the NATO Tiger Association, the 70th Anniversary of Royal Air Force Search and Rescue and the 75th Anniversary of the Supermarine Spitfire. Sadly however, 2011 will be remembered more for the tragic accident at Bournemouth Airport which claimed the life of Red Arrows team member, Flt Lt Jon Egging. Later in the year after the season had ended the Red Arrows suffered a further loss when Flt Lt Sean Cunningham was killed in a ground accident at RAF Scampton.

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Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

The 2010 Airshow season was dominated by commemorations for the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain with events up and down the country, and even over in Europe saluting “The Few!

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Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

The 2009 display season was a mixed one to say the very least. One of the season highlights was this formation celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Virgin Atlantic Airlines at the Biggin Hill International Air Fair. 2009 also saw the first “international” reviews appear on Flightline UK with articles from Al Ain (UAE), Volkel in de Wolken (Netherlands) and Flygfesten (Sweden.)

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Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

Perhaps the biggest memory of the 2008 display season was the weather which pretty much affected every event. 2008 was also the 90th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force and a major celebration was held at RAF Fairford during the Royal International Air Tattoo. It was infact the only event at RIAT to go ahead with the public days of the event cancelled due to flooding on the showground and in the car parks.

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Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

2007 was the year of the Indian with IAF Su-230MKI fighters deployed in the UK during July. They partipated at Waddington and RIAT despite some awful weather that cancelled the second day at Waddington. There were also appearances by the Thunderbirds and the F-117A Nighthawk at RIAT; the latter making it’s final ever appearance in the UK before retirement.

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Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

2006 was a good year for the big July shows. The Russians returned with the incredible MiG-209OVT displaying at RIAT and Farnborough with it’s thrust-vectoring antics. The Canberra PR9 also took it’s final bow in 2006 with memorable displays at Waddington and RIAT and a number of shows celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the Spitfire. It was also the final year of the Utterly Butterly Barnstormers who were rebranded Team Guinot at the end of the year.

 

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Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

The Romainian Air Force deployed a number of MiG-21 Lancers to the UK during the summer, and the veteran cols war fighter made appearances at Waddington and RIAT. The RAF Jaguar GR3 also gave it’s final year of solo displays before it’s perhaps premature retirement and the closure of RAF Coltishall. Another farewell came from the Royal Navy’s Sea Harrier which gave a low-key final display appearance at RNAS Yeovilton in September. Elsewhere, the swedish SAAB B17A also made it’s UK display debut at Flying Legends and we welcomed the new Dunsfold Wings and Wheels airshow.