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Royal Air Force Bircham Newton Veterans’ Day 2018

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

RAF Bircham Newton

We would like to draw your attention to a special event to be held at Bircham Newton in May 2018. In addition to being the centenary of the birth of the Royal Air Force, 2018 will also be the 100th anniversary of the birth of the former RAF station at Bircham Newton. The first unit to fly from its airfield, No. 3 Fighting School, arrived in May 1918, just one month after the birth of the Royal Air Force. The Fighting School was soon joined by a second unit flying giant Handley Page bombers, designed to bomb Germany from this Norfolk airfield. Flying continued beyond the Armistice and throughout the inter-war years, increasing dramatically during the second World War. The station was finally closed in the early 1960s, during the height of the Cold War, but flying briefly returned in the mid-1960s, when trials of the Kestrel jump jet were conducted on the airfield.

To mark the centenary of the birth of RAF Bircham Newton as a flying station, it is planned to hold a Veterans’ Day event at Bircham Newton on the afternoon of Saturday, 19th of May 2018. The event will be open to all former servicemen, who served or were trained at Bircham Newton, and their close families. The largest group of visitors is expected to be former RAF administrative apprentices, who trained at Bircham Newton in the late 1950s and early 1960s, but many other veterans are also expected to attend, such as former national servicemen, former members of the Women’s Royal Air Force and officers who were trained at the Officers’ Advanced Training School (OATS) or its successor the Junior Command and Staff School (JCSS).

There will be many attractions for the veterans and their families to enjoy: the RAF Heritage Centre will be open for guided tours; an illustrated talk will be given on the role of Bircham Newton during the Great War; local history groups and service associations have been invited along to exhibit their material; military vehicles and large-scale model aircraft should be on display; local ATC squadrons and the Royal British Legion have also been invited to participate in a brief end-of-day ceremony, when the RAF ensign will be lowered to the sound of the Last Post. Tea, coffee and other refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon. It is also hoped to organise a short flypast, if possible.

Entrance will be free and free car parking will be provided. Disabled access and toilets will also be available, and help will be given to those with mobility problems. Further details regarding location etc can be found on our website:- Our postcode is PE31 6RB.

Airscene seeks VIP

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Eastbourne Airbourne Airshow

Venue: Eastbourne Airbourne Airshow

Date: Saturday 16th August

Airscene is giving one lucky person the chance to attend Eastbourne Airshow as a VIP with reviewer Dave Briers.

As a VIP at Eastbourne you can expect: lunch, refreshments and arena side seats in the Pilots Enclosure. The VIP pass also includes a helicopter pleasure flight and the opportunity to meet with, and chat to some of the display pilots.

You will of course be helping Dave; more than likely fetching his tea or holding his spare memory card while he takes the full one out of his Nikon. Dave will be more than happy to give a few pointers if you are a novice and will probably share a wartime story or two (Sorry Dave).

To enter you will need to submit a VALID entry into this years calendar competition before midday on 10th August 2014. Please give your entry the subject “VIP entry” to ensure inclusion in the draw. Give yourself 2 entries in the draw by submitting 2 separate entries (max permitted).

**Anyone who has already submitted an entry can send a blank email with the subject “VIP entry” to be eligible, however Early Entry Phase entries ARE NOT eligible.

Good Luck

Airscene 2015 Airshow Calendar Competition

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

The recent addition to the prize board courtesy of Icon Stamp Art has been placed in the pot for 2nd prize. The approx prize value as it currently stands is as follows:1st prize: £400
2nd prize: £200
3rd prize: £100
3 x runner up prizes: £40 – £55

A full break down of the prizes can be found at:

Please do visit the sponsors, hopefully you will find something you wish to purchase. This is after all what keeps the competitions going and the prizes coming in.

*Waddington Airshow are expected to confirm prize offering soon

The competition leaderboard at the start of the competition is very interesting…

Mark Jarvis, Martyn Crookston, Adrian Glazzard and Robert Clarke all look set to join the 100 club this year – fingers crossed… Martyn Crookston is by default the man to beat again this year – 2nd place on the Ranking Total column with 79 points, but there will be no entries from the current 1st place as Ken Brannen jumps in as a sponsor this year – so the pressure is on Martyn!

And will Ian Schofield retain his stranglehold on the top and break through into the 200 club (if he does he will likely be the only member) – the only other person who could join him is Neil Darby, but the quality of entries keeps on getting better and it is doubtful whether one individual will stand out on their own.

Looking forward to receiving your entries, Good Luck!

league table


Airscene 2015 Airshow Calendar Competition

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

This years competition opens officially  this coming thursday (1st May) and will close on 30th September 2014.

Prizes have been coming in thick and fast with the latest contribution coming from Terry Jones Art ( ), with two commemorative prints on offer. Both prints can be seen on the following page – the Jon Egging print has been allocated to first prize and the Sean Cunningham print to 2nd prize.

Terry is very generously donating the proceeds from sale of both prints to the Jon Eggings Trust and The Royal Air force Benevolent Fund respectively. In the hope of winning one of these great prizes, it is understandable you may not wish to make apurchase at this time, but do please make a donation to either (or both) of these very worthy charities in the meantime.

The RIAT tickets have now also been allocated to 1st prize, other airshow tickets are awaiting confirmation and will be detailed as soon as possible. This years prize table now stands as follows:

1st Prize

£150 voucher (to include p&p) courtesy of Key Publishing Ltd

RIAT – pair of public entry tickets for sunday July 19th 2015 (valued at £39 each) (R)

Flt Lt Jon Egging (Red Arrows) Commemorative print courtesy of Terry Jones Art (valued at £75)(UK)

Family ticket to Newark Air Museum (valued at £21 each)

2nd Prize

£100 voucher (to include p&p) courtesy of Key Publishing Ltd

Flt Lt Sean Cunningham (Red Arrows) Commemorative print courtesy of Terry Jones Art (valued at £75)(UK)

Pair of family ticket to Newark Air Museum (valued at £21 each)

3rd Prize

£50 voucher (to include p&p) courtesy of Key Publishing Ltd

Family tickets to Museum of Berkshire Aviation (valued at £8.50 each)

1st runner up prize

Wingman 16″ x 12″ print courtesy of Oxon Images (Value = £33.90)(UK)

Family tickets to Museum of Berkshire Aviation (valued at £8.50 each)

Mono print T-shirt courtesy of Cosford RAF Museum (valued at £12.99)

2nd runner up prize

Apache Storm 16″ x 12″ print courtesy of Oxon Images (Value = £33.90)(UK)

Family tickets to Museum of Berkshire Aviation (valued at £8.50 each)

Mono print T-shirt courtesy of Cosford RAF Museum (valued at £12.99)

3rd runner up prize

B17 Bomber Escort 20 ” x 10″ print courtesy of Oxon Images (Value = £30)(UK)

Mono print T-shirt courtesy of Cosford RAF Museum (valued at £12.99)

Good Luck everyone!

Airscene 2015 Airshow Calendar Competition

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Just over 2 weeks remaining in the Early Entry Phase.

I have received a few questions regarding the number of entries which are allowed, so to clarify…

Before the competition opens officially on the 1st May, there is an Early Entry Phase.

During the Early Entry Phase entrants are permitted to submit ONE entry, but it MUST have been taken during 2013. There will be no further opportunity to submit this “extra” entry after 31st March.

All entries received in this phase will be reviewed and shortlisted during April. Maximum of 25 entries will be shortlisted, so regardless of the total number of entries received, some may not make the cut.

The Main Phase opens on 1st May and closes on 30th September. During this phase entrants are permitted to submit TWO entries, both of which must have been taken in 2014.

On to the prizes now:

The prize board currently stands as follows:

1st Prize

£150 voucher (to include p&p) courtesy of Key Publishing Ltd

2nd Prize

£100 voucher (to include p&p) courtesy of Key Publishing Ltd

3rd Prize

£50 voucher (to include p&p) courtesy of Key Publishing Ltd

1st, 2nd and 3rd runner up prizes

To Be Confirmed

Prixes confirmed but not yet allocated on table:

3 family tickets to Museum of Berkshire Aviation (valued at £8.50 each)

RIAT – pair of public entry tickets for sunday July 19th 2015 (valued at £39 each)

Pair of family tickets to Newark Air Museum (valued at £21 each)

Awaiting confirmation:

3 unframed signed prints courtesy of Oxon Images

Vehicle pass for Waddington Airshow 2015

Good Luck!

2015 Airshow Calendar Competition gets Key Prizes

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The UK’s largest aviation publisher Key Publishing Ltd have today confirmed their prize offering for this years competition.

With this the prize board now begins to take shape, and looks like this:

1st Prize: £150 Key Publishing voucher

2nd Prize: £100 Key Publishing voucher

3rd Prize: £50 Key Publishing voucher

Your prize can be used to purchase magazine subscriptions such as Air Forces Monthly and Flypast, books, models, flight sims and even DVD’s.

You don’t have to limit yourself to aviation prizes either as Key also produce railway, modelling, sport, and military publications.

To see the Key Publishing’s full product range, why not browse their online shop at:

Airscene is in discussions with several sponsors, and hopes to make further prize announcements soon.

To enter the Airscene 2015 Airshow Calendar Competition:

Calendar competition receives stamp of approval

Friday, September 6th, 2013

concorde framed stamp art

Airscene bumped into the proprietor of Covent Garden’s based Icon Stamp Art whilst doing the rounds at Dunsfold Wings & Wheels. After going to extradordinary lengths (buying a couple of framed pictures) Simon Coleman has kindly agreed to offer one of the Concorde 3D stamp pictures (as seen above) towards this years competition.

All of Simon’s work is genuine, hand-made and 100% original – and uses real stamps. Following on in similar style (front, profile, plan), Simon has created a variety of artwork which includes the Spitfire and a beautiful bi-plane in profile only. Due to the hand-made nature of the pieces, the items available in the shop will tend to vary at times, however do contact Simon to let him know what you may be interested in, and if he doesnt have it, he wil let you know if it can be done.

The Concorde piece retails for £30 (framed) and will be added to the first prize pot in this years competition.

For further information about Icon Stamp Art, and to see the available collection please visit or leave a personal message at

Airscene 2014 Airshow Calendar Competition

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Next years competition will officially open on 1st May 2014, there are a few changes from previous years, and it starts with the early entry phase, which opens today.

2013cc winning entry <<< The 2013cc winning entry.

The early entry phase is for photos which were taken during the 2012 airshow season, max 1 entry per person/household in the early entry phase. Shortlisting for this phase will take place in April and there are only 25 places on the shortlist for early entries.

Other changes to nexts years competition include a maximum number of available shortlist places (150 in total including the early entry phase) – each of the 5 months from May to September will have an allocation of 25 places, however unused places will be carried over to the next month.

As usual sponsors will be contacted in the new year, so there are no prizes currently listed, but rest assured there will be a whole pot of goodies up for grabs again.

For further information and to enter please visit

Good Luck!

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What are you doing on sunday 7th July 2013?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Wrong! Well at least one of you is… One of you (namely the winner of this years calendar competition) will be going to RAF Waddington International Airshow (Waddo as it is affectionately know by its tens of thousands of fans) with a vehicle pass (for vehicle and up to 5 persons) courtesy of the team at Waddington.

Waddo is one of the UK’s biggest and favourite airshows, with typical crowds averaging 140,000.  This year saw the arrival of the Black Eagles in the UK, now there will be some who stop me to credit RIAT with this, but hey… Waddo showcased them first – all credit for having an earlier date in the calendar.

The main purpose of the event is to increase public awareness and understanding of the RAF and its role today. All proceeds from the Air Show are donated to RAF and local charities each year.

The spectacular 7-hour flying display normally features the fabulous Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the RAF Falcons freefall parachute team and many more military and civilian aircraft from the UK; it is also heavily supported by military forces from around the world. Ground displays include 2 exhibition hangars, funfair, classic cars display, pleasure flying and much more!

To find out more about Waddo Airshow visit

To enter the Airscene 2013 Calendar Competition visit

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You Wont be Disappointed

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

At least thats how Neil Darby closed his review for the Dunsfold Wings & Wheels 2012 with a recommendation to attend in 2013.

Well  – good news – the winner of this years calendar competition and their family (2 adults and up to 3 children) will be going there for FREE courtesy of the Wings and Wheels team and Dunsfold Park (

For those not in the know… Dunsfold Park is the Home of Top Gear’s famous “reaonable priced car” race track. Wings & Wheels itself is a multi-faceted weekend of aviation and motoring entertainment staged over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

If you havent been to Wings and Wheels yet, do check out Neil’s recently posted review at and see what you have been missing.

To quote Neil directly… “This was the third Dunsfold show I have attended , and it just gets better and better each year. Separated out into different ‘Zones’, there is something for everyone. Whether it be 2 wheels or 4, Helicopters or Planes, Military or civil, the show has it covered.”

To enter and to have a chance of winning this and other great prizes, check out the competition page at and get your entry in asap!

Good Luck.

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