Archive for June, 2010

Parade Veterans To View Model Memorial

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

National Service (RAF) Association Parade Sunday 4th July 2010

Spitfire Display 1.00pm (weather permitting)

A scale model of the recently commissioned Bomber Command Memorial will be on display at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford as part of the National Service (RAF) Association parade taking place on Sunday 4th July 2010.

The model will be on display in the Museum’s Hangar 1 and Project Coordinator David Forsyth, an MOD civilian who works in the RAF’s Directorate of Air Staff will be there to speak with veterans and visitors about the project and answer any questions they may have.

The Bomber Command Memorial, scheduled for construction in London’s Green Park, commemorates the 55,573 aircrew who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II. Including bronze sculptures depicting seven aircrew members as well as parts of a Halifax bomber shot down over Belgium in May 1944, this landmark Memorial is long overdue.

The Cosford Parade will commence at 11am with participants asked to fall in between the Airfield Hangars. This year, veterans parade in the presence of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, KCB, BSc, FRAeS, RAF who will be accompanied by Air Commodore CH Green, the Commandant of DCAE Cosford. 

The parade will be led by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force with visitors and guests also able to view a display by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire, scheduled for 1.00pm (weather permitting). The National ATC Championship Marching Band from Royton in Lancashire will entertain guests both before and after the parade with a dizzying display of marching, commencing at 9.45am.

This event first came to the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford in 2004 and has grown in strength each subsequent year. Last year, over 3,000 guests attended of which 600 or more presented themselves for the parade. All Veterans who served in the Royal Air Force are welcome to participate in the parade, providing them with the opportunity of being re-united with lost friends and colleagues. Members of the public are welcome to spectate.

National Veterans Organisations, as well as many training camp associations will be represented in Hangar 1 alongside displays of memorabilia and the Museum shop. On completion of the formal events, guests will have access to the whole RAF Museum site to catch up with old friends, exchange news and view the exhibits.

The Museum gates will open at 9am on Sunday 4th July 2010, although the Museum itself will open at 10am. Museum entry is free. For further information, please call the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on 01902 376200 or visit the museum website at

Spitfire and Bandstand Set for Airbourne Finale

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

A unique south coast landmark is preparing for a special concert to mark the final day of Airbourne 2010 with The Band of the RAF Regiment taking to the stage with a Spitfire flypast. 

Eastbourne Bandstand promises a very special end to the town’s 2010 seafront airshow with a military band concert taking visitors back to the 1940s as the fighter aircraft flies overhead at 8pm.

With the Bandstand hosting evening concerts every night during Airbourne from 12-15 August offering big band, tributes and military music, visitors to the world’s biggest free seafront airshow can round off their packed days with alfresco entertainment in the historic seaside venue.  

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said “Eastbourne Bandstand promises a spectacular choice of evening concerts during Airbourne 2010 taking the fantastic airshow atmosphere through into the night. The military band concert on Sunday evening is a brilliant way for us to celebrate a fabulous four days with one final flying display from the Spitfire, before fireworks launch from Eastbourne Pier. I know I’ve already booked my place at The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment Concert and I hope plenty of others do the same.”  

Eastbourne Bandstand has a bumper programme of concerts already underway this summer but will be joining in the airshow celebrations with back to back evening concerts from Thursday 12 August until Sunday 15 August.

Les Paul brings Big Band Night to life on Thursday evening with favourite hits from this classic era, while Friday and Saturday offer more music nostalgia with Dirty Dancing and Elvis tribute concerts.

With Airbourne also offering two extended evenings of flying and music in 2010 with the return of Come Fly With Me on Friday followed by BoB 70 on Saturday commemorating 70 years since the Battle of Britain, visitors can enjoy twilight entertainment to make the most of the seafront event into the evening.

Tickets for all concerts are on sale now, with advance bookings saving up to £1 off on the door prices. For more information on the Bandstand Airbourne concerts go to or telephone 01323 410611.

 For more information on Airbourne 2010 visit

IC-R6 Swells Competition Prize Pot

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

For those of you who need another reason to enter this years calendar competition, how about another 200 reasons instead…. the £200 Icom IC-R6!

Icom UK Ltd are adding this powerful pocket sized scanner to the first prize pot for this years competition, taking the total value of first prize to over £500, making this years prize pot the biggest ever.

Ian Lockyer, Marketing Manager for Icom said, ‘ While retaining basic features of its popular predecessor the IC-R5, the IC-R6 contains many improvements including 100 channel per second scanning speed, 1300 memory channels, 15 hours of continuous receive capability, optional drop-in charger stand and voice control squelch. All these new features combined with a high degree of usability means that the IC-R6 will be equally at home with any casual listener of broadcast stations or the serious scanning enthusiast seeking a pocket sized quality receiver.’

To read more about this fantastic little scanner visit


Model Air Show To Honour The Few

Friday, June 18th, 2010

17-18 July 2010

Admission Charges Apply

Gates open 8.30am 

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Large Model Aircraft Rally taking place at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on 17-18 July 2010, with ticket prices held for the fifth year running. This famous air show in miniature is an absolute must see for any aviation enthusiast, attracting in excess of 10,000 visitors with hundreds of scale models of iconic aircraft taking to the skies during the two-day event.

The main theme of this year’s show will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a full 2 hours of the show dedicated to flying aircraft from the era, including a mass flypast of fighters – possibly the biggest formation ever seen at a model air show.

An exclusive for this year’s show and new to Cosford will be the first public appearance of a 1/4 full size English Electric Lightning and the new formation of Vulcan and Victor flying together. The show also features airliners history slots, where modellers will be flying airliners through from the Handley Page HP 42, Ford Trimotor, DC3 Dakota, Comet airliner and two Airbuses from the modern day.

Chairman of the Large Model Association, Dave Johnson says:

“Nowhere else in the country will be displaying such a wide variety of aircraft this year and most of these cannot be seen flying in full size form anymore, so a real pull for aircraft enthusiasts everywhere. ”

Events and activities on the airfield include trade stands selling both modelling and non-modelling related items plus for the families, there will be a fun fair to keep the youngsters entertained throughout the day. In addition to all this, why not try one of the aircraft simulators? Sit inside and feel what its like to fly in many of the full size RAF aircraft of today.

Plus, the Museum will be open to visitors on both days where you can see the full sized aircraft including the world’s oldest Spitfire and the award winning National Cold War Exhibition home to the much loved Victor, Valiant and Vulcan.

Admission prices to the Large Model Aircraft Rally including entrance to the Museum are just £9 for adults, £5 for children and £7 for senior citizens with a family ticket of 2 adults and up to 2 children retailing at £20. On site camping is only £40.00 for the weekend. Gates open at 8.30am and don’t forget, if you take any photos, to enter them into the Museum’s Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary Photography competition.

 For further information, please call the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on 01902 376200 or visit the Museum website at

Make Airbourne a VIP Experience

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Visitors to the world’s biggest free seafront airshow can make their experience even more special in 2010 with exclusive seating, arena-side hospitality and a friends’ membership scheme on offer.

This summer the skies over Eastbourne seafront promise a hive of activity with the Red Arrows’ red, white and blue smoke formations, dazzling aerobatics from the Breitling Wingwalkers, a 70-year commemorative display from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and much more.

Airbourne visitors have the chance to enjoy all of the action in the skies with a choice of upgrade options on offer including uninterrupted views of the flying line from their own seat for the day at Eastbourne Bandstand, arena-side dining at the Aviator Club hospitality marquee, or the ultimate guide to the event with Premium Friends of Airbourne membership providing everything needed for a fabulous day out.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said “Airbourne promises a bumper four days when it returns from 12-15 August jam-packed with fast jets, exciting arena displays, evening entertainment and a spectacular firework finale. With Exclusive Seating, Friends of Airbourne and Aviator Club all on sale now, there are many opportunities for visitors to make their day out extra special. Whether you’re an airshow enthusiast who wants the best views of the flying or you’re a business looking to wine and dine corporate clients, Airbourne offers a packed four days to remember this August.”

Exclusive Seating is available at Eastbourne Bandstand on all four days of Airbourne and offers visitors the chance to book their very own seat for the day with clear views of the flying line. Priced from just £7 a day, flying fans can reserve their seat now by booking online at

The Aviator Club is open on all four days of flying and offers arena-side hospitality with three-course summer lunch, champagne and canapés, the perfect VIP experience whether visitors are celebrating a special occasion or on a business meeting.

2010 also offers visitors and families the chance to show their support for Eastbourne Airbourne by becoming a Premium Friend of Airbourne for just £10 per person or £30 for families. Premium Friends will receive an Eastbourne Bag for Life containing everything needed for a packed day out including souvenir programme, radio headset, special offer vouchers, half price Bandstand ticket and more.

For more information on ways to upgrade your airshow experience in 2010, find out what flying displays you can expect to see and what else is taking place during Eastbourne Airbourne go to or call 0871 663 0031.

Support Airbourne with New Friends Packages

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Fans of the prestigious Eastbourne International Airshow are being offered the opportunity to upgrade their experience at the 2010 event with a brand new Friends of Airbourne package on offer. 

This year, airshow enthusiasts can opt to become a Premium Friend of Airbourne and show their support to the world’s biggest free event, now in its 18th year.

Airbourne returns to Eastbourne seafront from 12-15 August and Premium Friends will receive the official Eastbourne Bag for Life containing the official Airbourne souvenir programme and radio headset, and packed with exclusive offers and discounts to use at local businesses.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said “We are very excited to be re-launching the Friends of Airbourne membership scheme for this year and offer visitors to the airshow a way to enjoy exclusive benefits whilst supporting the popular event. This year’s Eastbourne Airshow is already looking set to be action-packed with a top line up of flying including the Red Arrows, F16 and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and the Premium Friends’ packages provide everything needed for the perfect day out at Airbourne.” 

There will still be the opportunity for fans of the airshow to sign up for free at to become a Friend of Airbourne and receive regular e-newsletters. With over 6,000 free members already signed up, Airbourne fans will continue to have the option to register online and receive the latest news and exclusive competitions.

The new Premium package offers avid fans and families the chance to go one step further and purchase a Friends’ membership package from that offers all the ingredients for the ultimate Airbourne experience. 

For just £10 per person and new for 2010, £30 for families, Premium Friends will receive a membership package that promises savings at local attractions including a half price ticket for the popular 1812 Firework Concerts at Eastbourne Bandstand.

The Premium Friends of Airbourne packages are on sale now from, where visitors looking to upgrade their airshow experience can also book tickets for the Aviator Club hospitality marquee and Bandstand Exclusive Seating.

For further information on Friends of Airbourne visit or or telephone 0871 663 0031.