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Historic Aviation Highlights for 2014

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  • jeepman
    infrequent poster now
    • Apr 2004
    • 1986

    Historic Aviation Highlights for 2014

    So what been your aviation highlights for 2014?

    For me, In terms of airframes - they both begin with "B" - Blenheim and Barracuda

    and an honourable mention for the ongoing re-invigoration of Aeroplane Monthly
  • Alan Clark
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2005
    • 817

    Peak District Air Accident Research

    Aircraft Wrecks: The Walker's Guide


    • Trolly Aux
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • May 2006
      • 3855

      Blenheim MkI (or not) some may say.
      All the dead stick landings this year, well done to the airmanship, Sea Fury, Buchon.
      TA out


      • Planemike
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Dec 2007
        • 1810

        Return to the air of the de Havilland 88 Comet, 80 years after winning the MacRoberson race....

        Not forgetting restoration to flying condition of de Havilland 89A Rapide G-AHAG. Great to see it at Woburn in August.

        Last edited by Planemike; 1st January 2015, 10:33.


        • TwinOtter23
          NAM volunteer-Plugmeister
          • Jan 2006
          • 7773

          Dominie acquired and now displayed undercover.
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          Please help move Chinook ZA717 to Newark Air Museum


          • David_Kavangh
            Senior Member
            • Jan 2000
            • 1019

            I did promise not to mention it again, but as it's that time of year....for me, my flight on board the Canadian Lancaster in August!


            • Elliott Marsh
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Nov 2009
              • 417

              The Lancasters and the Comet are the obvious (and well-deserved) highlights, but there are a few others that spring to mind...

              The big DC-3/C-47 gathering at Lee-on-Solent was something special. The quartet of D-Day veteran Skytrains at Duxford would've been my highlight of the year had the Lanc not come over and the Comet not flown.

              The dbuts of the Mystery Ship and David Beale's Mew Gull, and their display together at Sywell (to say nothing of the Mew pair at Race Day in October), were fantastic. Likewise, seeing the two imported BE2s at Old Warden flying in the sun at the end of what had been a very wet day at Old Warden was a delight.

              There've been some tremendous warbird solos this year too - at Flying Legends alone, the Gladiator, Nimrod, Mustang, Corsair, Hurricane and Bearcat were as good as it gets in 2014. Brian Smith nailed it in the Corsair at Shoreham, too.

              There are plenty of other highlights - Peashooter, Super Constellation, four Mk.I Spitfires, Draken, Dutch Hunter at Waddington, Race Day (one of the best airshows of recent years), the Hurricane Mk.I/Spitfire Mk.I/Gladiator formation at Shoreham and the big D-Day set-piece later in the day... the list goes on. Proof, if we needed any, that the perception of British airshows being in "terminal decline" couldn't be further off the mark.
              The Vintage Aviation Echo


              • Sabrejet
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Mar 2010
                • 1763

                I'd have thought 'Doc' would feature high on anyone's list. Close to flight too.


                • Mike J
                  Senior Member
                  • Jan 2000
                  • 3241

                  Elliott's list pretty much sums it up for me, I'd just add the sight (and sound) of a pair of RAF-engined BE2es in the sky above Stow Maries for the first time in almost a century.


                  • CeBro
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Sep 2009
                    • 2154

                    The Lancasters, re-flown Blenheim and recently found substantial Halifax in Norwegian fjord.

                    Have a happy and healty 2015.



                    • trumper
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Aug 2003
                      • 6741

                      2 X Lancs and the Vulcan

                      Taking a South African friend to Duxford for the first time and by pure luck a Spitfire was pre flighted and took off and displayed 10 yards from us and the look on my friends face--wonderful.


                      • charliehunt
                        Nearly there!
                        • Oct 2012
                        • 11459

                        Highlights from what I actually saw - two Lancs (twice) the C47s, Midair Canberra and the marvellous Great War display team (twice)!

                        Keep smiling - it's never as bad as you think!!


                        • Fournier Boy
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Mar 2007
                          • 1046

                          I flew a TR9, that's my life highlight I think!


                          • TexanTrev
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Jul 2008
                            • 102

                            What Mike J said


                            • PeterW
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Jan 2000
                              • 389

                              Highlight for me has to be the Lancasters. Seeing them for the first time from Beachy Head and then at East Kirkby seeing them finish with a break, both images etched in the mind forever.

                              The 4 Dakotas at the May Duxford show were another memorable moment. Shoreham airshow never disappoints and just gets better and better. Legends was still a great show despite the weather in Europe preventing a lot of participants arriving.

                              News highlights were first flights of the Blenheim and Comet Racer, both of which I look forward to seeing this year along with lots of Battle of Britain 75th themed shows.


                              • Seafuryfan
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Jan 2000
                                • 2497

                                Lancasters, Buchon and Sea Fury deadstick landings, Old Warden's 'Air Race' show, Aeroplane magazine revival/articles, Barracuda progress, HE51 check-in/progress, 109 work in Germany, Skua found in Norway, Blenheim airborne.


                                • David Burke
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Jan 2000
                                  • 10031

                                  A relatively safe year for historic flying in the U.K.


                                  • Howard500
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Aug 2011
                                    • 453

                                    Working on all English Based Beech 18's. Flying in Union Dak Jack At Lee on Solent D-Day with a Beech 18 and D-17s for company. Meeting some crews from around Europe at Yevoilton and Culdrose while crewing on Andy Foan's Ex Beech 18. seeing much progression at Sywell also. Go year all round.



                                    • mike currill
                                      Big pistons rule
                                      • Jul 2003
                                      • 8791

                                      4x MkI Spitfires airborne together, 2x Lancasters ditto, Seeing a Constellation airborne for the first time since I was in primary school. Watching Peter Holloway's impressive display if the Fiesler Storch. All told a great year for me.
                                      What would I like for 2015? Will someone please put a York back in the air?
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