Archive for April, 2009

Dakota Flypast To Honour Veterans

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota will be flying across the RAF Museum to honour the Veterans gathered from all three services.On the 13th of May the Royal Air Force Museum is inviting Veterans of all three Services to join as one to celebrate Veterans’ Day. During this special reunion, hosted by the Museum staff, the veterans will be treated to a full day of events and activities including talks, special films screenings and tours.

The event will be marked by a flypast of a genuine wartime Dakota, as flown by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The aircraft will arrive over the skies of the Museum, from a northerly direction at 1500hrs.

Also as a special treat, there is a FREE programme of music by The Jive Aces swing band from underneath the Lancaster (at 1130 and 1400hrs).

The Bomber Command Association will be supporting the event and will be holding a special raffle. There will also be exhibition stands by The RAF Benevolent Fund Enterprises and The Royal British Legion.

Every year this exclusive day gives Veterans the chance to catch up with each other, reminisce over shared experiences and enjoy themselves in the authentic atmosphere and surroundings of the Royal Air Force Museum. The annual event usually attracts over 500 veterans and with Service men and women joining in from across the country, it is set to be a truly memorable and sentimental gathering.


· Please note that this is a private event for the Veterans and their guests

· Veterans’ day will be celebrated at the Royal Air Force Museum, Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL

· Entrance is free to all Veterans of the three services and guests

· Veterans wishing to register for the day should call the Museum on: 0208 358 4849


Reds are Back for all FOUR Days at Eastbourne

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Visitors to the World’s Biggest FREE Seafront Airshow will have four chances to see crowd favourite the Red Arrows in 2009 as the famous fast jets with their red, white and blue smoke formations will display on every day of Airbourne.

This year the iconic red jets will zoom through Eastbourne skies over the beautiful seafront setting on all four days of the seaside airshow entertaining crowds with their breathtaking loops and twists overhead. With Bournemouth only seeing three appearances from the Red Arrows, visitors to Eastbourne will not only be treated to four incredible flying formations but will also get a rare opportunity to greet the Reds arena-side on Saturday 15 August as they touch down in Eastbourne for a special ground appearance.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Susan Morris said “The Red Arrows are a brilliant draw for any airshow but to have these world renowned jets on all four days is absolutely fantastic news and makes Eastbourne Airbourne the must see event of the summer. With Airbourne’s beautiful beach front setting and Eastbourne’s record sunshine hours, the event is the highlight of the resort’s calendar attracting thousands of visitors every year.”

Other displays confirmed for Airbourne 2009 when it returns from 13-16 August, include the F16, the US Fighting Falcon, plus the Eurofighter Typhoon making it a truly international event. With rival resort Bournemouth seeing a lack in international flying displays, Eastbourne is keen to uphold its reputation as the biggest international seafront airshow.

Visitors to Airbourne can also look forward to the welcome return of the Guinot Wingwalkers who amaze spectators with their daredevil displays, plus the Blades Aerobatic Formation Team, famous for flying at prestigious events including the Beckham’s pre-World Cup Party.

With plenty of entertainment on the ground too, including action-packed arena demonstrations, trade stands, children’s beach entertainment, full size replica aircraft and the chance to chat to the RAF Careers Team; Airbourne makes a packed day out for any visitor.

Plus with even more flying displays still to be added to the 2009 line up, Airbourne 2009 promises to be a bumper show, with plenty going on to keep everyone entertained all from the stunning setting of Eastbourne seafront.

For more information on Airbourne visit or telephone 0871 663 0031.

Old Comrades Unveil Tribute To Old Friends

Friday, April 24th, 2009

On Wednesday 13th May members of the ‘601 Squadron Old Comrades Association’ will unveil a memorial plaque at the RAF Museum (formerly RAF Hendon), to recognise the long standing association between the two units.Prior to the Museum opening in 1972, the site was an active RAF station and home to amongst others, 601 (County of London) Squadron for a total of fifteen years. The sculpture celebrates the historic association of RAF Hendon and 601 Squadron as well as the bravery of its personnel and their importance to London.

601 Squadron was RAF Hendon’s longest serving squadron it also had the honour of being recognized as ‘the County of London’ Squadron. It fought in many theatres across WWII notably in North Africa and Italy. The squadron was also active in the Battle of Britain and the defence of London.

Aircraft flown by the squadron include Hawker Harts, Hurricanes and Spitfires. Nicknamed ‘the Millionaire Squadron’, its ranks include renowned pilots such as Roger Bushell (the driving force behind the Stalag Luft III ‘Great Escape’), Max Aitken, Stanislaw Skalski (Polish veteran of the Battles of France and Britain) and the legendary American, Billy Fiske whose Bentley will also be on display during the day.

The sculpture was designed by Sam Bofey and is being installed in the grounds of the Museum. 1.5 metres in height, it is represents the squadron’s crest with a bronze cast sword and wings resplendent on a plinth of stainless steel.

The unveiling ceremony will be attended by members of the squadron’s ‘Old Comrades Association’ with Air Marshal Ian Macfadyen (Head of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force) as lead speaker. The Deputy Mayor will also be speaking and representing the squadron’s long standing relationship with the city of London. Other notable attendees include Squadron Leader Iveson DFC of the Bomber Command Association and Jack Riddle, a squadron pilot during the Battle of Britain.

Aviator Club is Front Row to Airbourne Aerobatics

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Fans of the World’s biggest FREE seafront airshow can upgrade their experience in 2009 with tickets to the Aviator Club, an exclusive hospitality package available at Airbourne.Visitors can now book for arena-side hospitality at Eastbourne’s airshow where guests will be treated to uninterrupted views of the flying line with a champagne welcome and three-course summer lunch. Airbourne enthusiasts can enjoy the best seats on the seafront as they sit back, relax and watch the dynamic flying formations overhead as well as get a front row seat to all of the arena action.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Susan Morris said “The Aviator Club promises to make what’s already a great event, even better, with guests looked after all day as they enjoy the biggest international seafront airshow. With top displays already booked for 2009 including the Red Arrows, the Aviator Club makes a special day out for family and friends, or a top setting for wining and dining corporate clients, all from the beautiful location of Eastbourne seafront.”

The Red Arrows are set to zoom over Eastbourne skies on all four days this year when the airshow returns from 13-16 August meaning that any Aviator guest will be able to witness the fast jet spectacle.

With the Reds also set to make a stop off at the ground on the Saturday of Airbourne, guests booking for this day will also get the chance to meet the pilots as they greet visitors around the arena.

Guests booking for Friday 14 August will also receive an extended VIP experience until dusk, with an extended flying programme and entertainment into the evening.

The Aviator Club opens at 12 noon on each day of Airbourne, welcoming visitors with champagne and canapés before they tuck into their three-course lunches served with plenty of fine wine, Pimms and champagne.

Tickets for The Aviator Club start at just £50 and promise an action-packed day out with the added luxury of chilling out in the hospitality marquee, close to all of the flying teams.

To book tickets or receive a booking form contact Jayne Howard in the Events team on 01323 415442 or e-mail 

For more information about Airbourne 2009 telephone 0871 663 0031 or visit

Regional Development and Tourism Organisations Join Forces to Celebrate Centenary of Britains First Airshow

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Following a Yorkshire Air Museum initiative, Doncaster Racecourse, Yorkshire Forward, and Welcome To Yorkshire have joined forces with the Museum to mark the Centenary of Britain’s first ever air show. An Education & Skills Day, exhibition and Edwardian Race Day event will celebrate this unique aspect of Yorkshire’s pioneering aviation heritage. This will take place on 2nd & 3rd July at the superbly redeveloped Doncaster Racecourse.Together with regional Business & Education Partnerships, we will be putting on a series of workshops that will reflect and celebrate Yorkshire & Humberside’s aviation and aerospace achievements and stimulate creativity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Support from Yorkshire Forward has turned this concept into a reality and Yorkshire Air Museum will provide educational resource publications, Living History interpreters, archive film screenings, interactive displays, vehicles and artefacts, along with the provision of an exhibition detailing the colourful history of the intrepid airmen and their weird machines at this unique event at Doncaster. The Museum will also display its historic Wright Flyer, similar to those flown 100 years ago.

The two facets of the event will be the Education & Skills Day, on Thursday 2nd July, followed on Friday 3rd July by the public ‘Edwardian’ Race Day, with the exhibition providing an additional visitor attraction to the day’s horse racing.

Ian Reed, Museum Director, said: “Britain is the world’s second largest aerospace manufacturer. Aerospace is vital to our national economy and the idea behind this event is to create an annual skills opportunity showcase and celebration of Yorkshire’s incredible aviation heritage. Doncaster Racecourse provides a fantastic background to bring together various aviation industry organisations and education providers and create a new and exciting event that we hope will become an established part of the Yorkshire tourism calendar.”

New Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive, Gary Verity, offers his support:

“One hundred years ago Yorkshire made aeronautical history on the world stage. Today we are aiming for global recognition of Yorkshire as a major visitor destination. Attractions such as Yorkshire Air Museum and Doncaster Racecourse play a crucial role in enhancing the region’s tourism offer. Let me offer our best wishes for a successful summer that brings explorers, aviators and visitors alike from across the world to enjoy a raft of warm Yorkshire welcomes.”

Branded Memory Sticks from Icom

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

Icom UK Ltd have generously given us another handful of 1GB Memory sticks towards this years calendar competition, these will go some way towards ensuring that all winning entries receive a prize in this years competition.

Icom are a leader in PC controlled scanners such as the PCR1500, and its more advanced variants such as the PCR2500. Icom also manufacture a cracking range of handheld scanners such as the IC-R5 and IC-R20 – these are so good at what they do; they are often advertised by suppliers as Airband Scanners, even though they in fact have full spectrum coverage. The amazing Icom IC-R3 stands alone, being the first scanner to come with a 2 inch screen for viewing live TV or wireless camera broadcasts. For more details please visit

Further prizes are expected in the near future, so prize allocation table is incomplete and is likely to change as more prizes are received.


Its a Ball for Airbourne Lift-Off

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Fans of the World’s biggest FREE seafront airshow are being invited to celebrate the launch of Airbourne 2009 in a brand new dinner evening organised by the Lion Hotels.Tickets to a lift-off dinner on Saturday 30 May are now on sale and guests can look forward to an airshow themed menu, with proceeds from the evening being used to support Eastbourne Airshow. Taking place at the Chatsworth Hotel, dinner guests can expect a packed evening including entertainment from Rat Pack singer Tom Fitzpatrick, very entertaining guest speaker Group Captain Gordon Bruce, and the chance to bid for RAF memorabilia in an exclusive auction.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Susan Morris said “The Airbourne launch dinner is shaping up to be a very impressive evening with plenty to entice airshow enthusiasts along to celebrate Eastbourne’s biggest event. It’s brilliant that the Lion Hotels have come forward and organised an event to show their commitment to Airbourne and provide an opportunity for us to raise funds towards sustaining the airshow for the future.”

Sheikh Abid Gulzar, owner of the Lion Hotels group in Eastbourne, is the town’s first businessman to actively step forward and pledge his support for Airbourne, which takes place from 13-16 August 2009.

Sheikh Gulzar said: “We are fully supportive of the Airbourne event as this is extremely important to raising awareness of the resort. Many of our guests return year after year for the airshow and we sincerely wish it continues for many years to come.”

Attracting thousands of visitors every summer, Airbourne has become a highlight of Eastbourne’s summer and Eastbourne hotels are always full.

However, now in its 17th year, costs of staging the four day event are rising. Eastbourne Borough Council are keen to work with the local business community during 2009 to turn the airshow into a self-funding event to preserve its long term future.

Tickets for the Airbourne launch dinner cost £40 per person and in return guests can look forward to a scrumptious 5-course dinner, including themed courses such as ‘A fine display team’ with a choice of smoked salmon and prawns, salad leaves and walnut dressing, or tomato and basil soup for starters and ‘the final fly past’ for the finishing course of English and Continental Cheeses.

Proceeds from the evening will be donated to Airbourne 2009 and contribute to the fighting fund to save the event.

Tickets are on sale now from the Tourist Information Centre, E-shop at and the Lion Hotels. To book from the hotel contact Sharron Winter on 01323 748710 or e-mail .

For more information on Airbourne visit or telephone 0871 663 0031.