To mark the RAF’s long heritage the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection is mounting a centenary celebration on May 26 at its Old Sarum, Wiltshire base.
In addition to displays inside the hangars, it is planned to hold a sunset ceremony at the end of the day involving local cadet organisations and the event will be rounded off by a 1940s hangar themed dance featuring Salisbury Big Band and the Candy Girls.
Highlights of the day will include:
Special exhibits in The Collection Hangars
A unique ‘timeline’ constructed to show the 100 years development of the RAF
RAF and Military Re-enactors
Ticketed Hangar Dance 2000-2330 hrs
Tickets for the dance are available through the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection shop.
August 2018The brand new 132-page issue of FlyPast features one of Britain’s best-loved warbirds as its cover star, Duxford-based Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX MH434. Ken Ellis reflects on this famous machine and speaks to some of the pilots to have flown her, both currently and in World War Two. This issue includes a free double-sided poster of the Old Flying Machine Company-operated aircraft, which turns 75 this year.
Our popular Spotlight section returns with a look at the elegant Short Sunderland flying-boat, an aircraft that took on German U-boats and rescued stricken sailors and airmen.
Our cover star isn’t the only Spitfire that is approaching its 75th birthday. The famous Grace Spitfire, ML407, will reach that age early next year - we look at some of the two-seater Spitfires currently resident in the UK.
The UK airshow season is upon us. We visit memorable events at Duxford and Old Warden.
Flying the Magister
Our resident warbird pilot Dave Unwin reflects on a flight in a Miles Magister, with air-to-air photography from Keith Wilson.
Darren Harbar describes an Avro XIX that’s recently been repainted for the RAF’s centenary.
We also check out an unusual treasure trove of aircraft in a museum in the Philippines and bring you news of a SAAB Viggen jet that has just re-flown in Sweden following extensive restoration. Meanwhile, historian Andrew Thomas delves into the remarkable journal of a World War One airman, and Hugh Trevor files a report on the refurbishment of an English Electric Lightning cockpit, plus much more.