Archive for April, 2008

Pre-register Your Bid For A Top Flight Experience at Royal Air Force Museum.

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

(15th May – 15th June 2008)As part of May’s Museums and Galleries Month the Royal Air Force Museum has teamed up with online auction house Top Lots to offer an exclusive experience behind the scenes at the Museum’s Cosford site.

A must for any aviation enthusiast this exclusive day will allow the successful bidder and a guest to witness the ground-breaking conservation and preservation work undertaken by the staff of the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre at the Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford.

Two lucky guests will be able to see the work that goes in to conserving and maintaining historic aircraft in an area not normally open to the public; talk to a conservator about the work that they are undertaking; and take private photography of the workshop.

After a 2 course lunch the successful bidder and their guest will then enjoy a personal tour of the rest of the Museum including the award-winning and visually stunning National Cold War Exhibition before obtaining a souvenir.

Bidding on this lot will commence on 15th May, with 80% of the proceeds going directly to the Royal Air Force Museum and 20% to the Association of Independent Museums. The Association of Independent Museums was founded to encourage new standards in the provision of services to users. To pre-register your interest in bidding for this lot or to learn more about this exclusive experience please go to and select “Museums and Galleries”.

Entry to the National Cold War Exhibition at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is free from 10am daily. For further details visit


Red Arrows Zoom Back to Eastbourne Skies

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Airbourne crowd favourite, the Red Arrows, are back and once again set to impress as they perform spectacular aerobatics and dynamic flying formations at Eastbourne airshow 2008.Organisers of the event, Eastbourne Borough Council, are excited to announce the line up for this year’s Airbourne, with the Red Arrows appearing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hailed as the biggest seafront airshow in the world, the fast jets will be joined by the RAF Typhoon, Hawk, Tucano and Tutor, as the RAF celebrate their 90th anniversary when Airbourne returns from 14-17 August 2008.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Cllr Steve Wallis said “The line up for this year’s Airbourne already looks huge and it’s great that Eastbourne airshow attracts such top flights and performers. Airbourne looks set for a bumper programme of flying displays in 2008, and with action packed ground displays, replica aircraft and other attractions in the pipeline, Airbourne promises to keep the whole family entertained this August.”

Other displays confirmed for 2008 include the welcome return of the Guinnot Wingwalkers. Spectators will watch in wonder as they perform their dare devil antics over all four days of the show.

Airbourne fans will already be on tenterhooks waiting for this year’s event as they look forward to the best of the RAF plus civilian and military performers. Returning in August, Airbourne enthusiasts can relive last year’s airshow with an interactive DVD available now from and the Tourist Information Centre.

With even more acrobatic performers still to be added to the line up, Airbourne 2008 is set to be a spectacular show. Kids can climb aboard replica aircraft on the ground and talk to the RAF Careers Team, and Mums and Dads can chill out and enjoy a cool refreshment while watching top class flying displays, all from the stunning location of Eastbourne seafront.

For more information visit or telephone 0871 663 0031.

POTY2008 – Theme 3 – Close Up

Monday, April 7th, 2008

The final set of results are in for the “Close Up” theme, and this months prize goes to Bill Edwards for his photo of a Tornado a valley (presumably in Wales somewhere).

This months voting actually resulted in a tie between Bill and Gergely Groz, and as I only have one prize to give away each month I had to make the final decision. Both entries were technically very good, but Bill’s entry seemed far more interesting and that clinched it for me.

This months theme “Digital” is perhaps the toughest of the lot, and as such carries our biggest monthly prize – Any JustFlight product up to £30 in value (great prize for any flight simmers out there). Closing date for entries is midnight on 30th April. Already has some excellent entries, and a lot of thinking out of the box – can you do better?

A maximum of 36 points can be awarded to any single entry per theme, so with up to 252 points still to be earned across the remaining 7 themes, there is still a good chance of coming in late and landing one of the top 3 places.

I look forward to your entries for this one,

Good Luck,


Flying Start for Air Museums Bomber Command Exhibition

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

The Yorkshire Air Museum’s new Bomber Command exhibition Against the Odds received a flying start on Wednesday 19th March when it was officially opened by Sir David Jason OBE, widely regarded as one of Britain’s most popular actors.

An Honorary Member of the Museum and aviation enthusiast, Sir David arrived in some style by flying in by helicopter for this auspicious occasion, to the delight of over 1000 visitors who turned up for the occasion. Sir David graciously signed many autographs before going on to ‘inspect’ a contingent of new Royal Air Force recruits from nearby RAF Leconfield and some cadets from 2388 (Castleford) Air Training Corps.

After being shown into the new exhibition, Sir David chatted to several veterans of Bomber Command who have had a long association with the Museum, and he was clearly moved by hearing of their often harrowing experiences.

Produced in association with Imperial War Museum, “Against the Odds” details and explores the international reasons for the formation of this unique force and the unparalleled sacrifice of its young airman, many just in their late teens, from all over the world. With over 55 800 killed in action or as prisoner of war, no fighting group saw such heavy losses, but, perhaps because of the later controversy over the consequence of aerial bombing on civilian populations, no campaign medal has ever been issued to the brave volunteers of Bomber Command. The stunning exhibition stands in an original wartime building on this former Bomber Command Station, and the large display panels with striking, and even controversial, imagery are interspersed with artefacts and audio visual displays.

Providing a wealth of easily extractable factual information, Against the Odds will be an excellent educational resource for school parties and groups and associations and anyone engaged in lifelong learning objectives. It forms an excellent base upon which to start a tour of the Museum, which most of the existing displays and resources link into, facilitating a more in depth exploration of some topics.

Museum Director, Ian Reed, said: “This exhibition, which is of national standard and scale, will bring the story of Bomber Command to a younger generation in keeping with the objectives of this unique Memorial to Allied Air Forces. This is probably the most fitting place in Britain for it to be located and we are especially pleased and honoured that our Life Member, Sir David Jason, was able to take time out from a hectic filming schedule to open Against the Odds on our behalf.”

In a major endorsement for the Museum speaking in television interviews, Sir David said how proud he was to be associated with the Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial and how important places like this were in ensuring the memory of all those who gave their lives is never forgotten.

Opening the new display, Sir David said, “I feel very close to the RAF being a pilot myself. When you think about it these crews didn’t give their lives, their lives were taken from them and when you consider over 55,000 never came back in order to defend democracy, we must never forget what they gave.”

With such an understanding of aviation and his well known support for the Royal Air Force and RAF Benevolent Fund, there could not have been a better person to open the exhibition for us and this high profile launch has already resulted in a dramatic surge in visitor numbers.

Airbourne and the RAF Encourage the Pilots of the Future

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow is set for a spectacular four days of flying action in 2008 as it once again joins forces with the organisers of RIAT, the world’s largest military airshow, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises (RAFCTE) to organise and manage a bumper line up of aerobatic displays in the year that the RAF celebrates its 90th anniversary.Organisers of the event, Eastbourne Borough Council will team up with the RAFCTE for the seventh year in a row. Geoff Brindle, a former RAF pilot and Squadron Leader, will be the Flying Display Director and along with the RAFCTE team will take care of the flying display management. With the famous Red Arrows, RAF Falcons Parachute team and Oasis 747 Jumbo Jet filling the skies at previous years’ events, spectators are guaranteed to enjoy an impressive action-packed four days at this year’s airshow.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Cllr Steve Wallis said “We are extremely pleased to be working with the RAFCTE again. Not only do they have a proven track record of putting on a very exciting and entertaining show with high profile contacts, but they also do fantastic work for charity. They work to help improve services within the RAF as well as working with outside organisations to stimulate and encourage interest in aviation and find the pilots of the future.”

In addition to offering services to manage Airbourne’s dynamic flying displays, the RAFCTE use airshows across the country, including their own event, the Royal International Air Tattoo, to promote air-mindedness in young people. They work with RAF Charitable Trusts to support a variety of projects, which commit to young people and developing enthusiasm for aviation.

Alongside the traditional plane aerobatics, Airbourne features exciting ground demonstrations with full size replica aircraft, cockpits and displays from the RAF careers team. Visitors can speak to crew members, experience flight simulators and watch arena demonstrations all from the open landscape of the Western Lawns.

Airbourne returns to Eastbourne seafront this year from 14-17 August and promises to bring extra special flying displays, informative ground events, children’s entertainment, helicopter pleasure flights and evening Bandstand concerts with a firework finale.

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Natural Fliers Set to Steal the Show at Airbourne 2008

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Airbourne, the biggest seafront airshow in the world, is getting ready for its most innovative flying display yet as a carrier pigeon formation is set to wing its way through the skies at this year’s aerobatic event.Organisers of the event, Eastbourne Borough Council, have been working alongside a local pigeon racer to train a 12-strong flock of carrier pigeons to fly in the famous diamond formation as demonstrated by previous Airbourne favourites. After a vigorous training routine, the Pigeon Aerobatic Spectacular is ready to make its debut at Airbourne 2008 under the careful instructions of Lolo Priaf, renowned international pigeon fancier, and will wow crowds with its never seen before formation flight technique.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Cllr Steve Wallis said “This really is set to be the biggest, most exciting flight display we have ever seen at Airbourne. Every year we try to bring something bigger and better and I am confident that the carrier pigeon formation will be the most impressive display in the event’s 16-year history. Airbourne is a real family event and the brand new pigeon display is sure to get the little ones smiling and Mums and Dads crying with laughter. I can’t wait to see the birds in action!”

Lolo has been involved with the Pigeon Aerobatic Spectacular training routine from the very beginning and will lead the display at this year’s Airbourne. Using a system of whistles, snorts and tweets, she has developed a unique way of signalling to the birds as they move through the flying routine, from taking off, to circling, ducking, and diving, and then the final landing position.

The Pigeon Aerobatic Spectacular will headline Airbourne’s flight programme in 2008 and organisers are already indicating that this unique display will be the highlight of Eastbourne’s summer. Visitors from all over the world are set to descend on Eastbourne seafront to watch in wonder as the pigeons take to the sky in a choreographed diamond formation.

With Airbourne returning to Eastbourne seafront from 14-17 August, there are still a few months left for Lolo and the pigeons to get in some final practice before the big day itself.

Flying alongside a bumper programme of fast jets, helicopters, freefall parachutists, warbirds and historics, and with crowds of up to 500,000, the Pigeon Aerobatic Spectacular is getting ready to put on an extra special flying display for 2008.

For more information and the latest news on Airbourne visit or telephone 0871 663 0031.