Aerodrome

 

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Aerodrome is our fortnightly blog that looks at the exciting world of aviation, from WWI fighters to the latest commercial airliners. Curated by our Flight Specialist Michael Clegg, Aerodrome is a must-read for any aviation enthusiast.

 

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British aviation icon by night

It’s Airfix and Corgi Aerodrome weekend again and as usual, we can promise an interesting selection of exclusive aviation related images for your viewing pleasure. As we head back to the Royal Airforce Museum Cosford for our second visit in consecutive blogs, our subject for this edition is a specially arranged night photography event, one which promised two icons of the British aviation industry as its main subject attraction. We were lucky to be amongst 200 photographers who had rushed to snap up a ticket for what promised to be a truly memorable aviation event.

Cosford’s new Battle of Britain display

Lucky to have attended one of the last official events to take place before the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford decided to close their doors to the public, the latest edition of Aerodrome heads for the museum’s ‘War in the air’ hangar, to discover how they have rearranged their collection to mark the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. We throw the spotlight on four magnificent aircraft which definitely make a visit to Cosford absolutely essential for anyone with an interest in aviation history.

Custodians of Britain’s Cold War jet heritage

The latest edition of Aerodrome celebrates the unique thrill of being able to stand just a few metres from a classic British jet powered aircraft as it blasts down a runway at high power. Join us as we head for last summer’s latest instalment of the aviation phenomenon which is the Cold War Jets Fast Taxi Day at the former RAF airfield at Bruntingthorpe, a fascinating occasion where Canberras and Lightnings share the runway with VC10s and Victors – British classics one and all!

Flat top fliers

The latest edition of Aerodrome takes readers on a photographic journey through the history of fixed wing, Fleet Air Arm aircraft types, as we place the blog spotlight on some of the most important aircraft to have ever operated from the decks of British aircraft carriers. We will be including some classic Airshow performers from years past, enigmatic aeroplanes which have unfortunately long since disappeared from UK display programmes.

Avro Lancaster ‘Air to Ground’ photo sortie

Do we have a treat for you in the latest edition of Airfix and Corgi Aerodrome. How would you like to see pictures of a beautifully restored Avro Lancaster and De Havilland Mosquito Nightfighter on a former Bomber Command airfield from around 400 feet in the air? Thanks to our friends at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, we have a very special edition of Aerodrome to bring you, one which includes a collection of beautiful photographs the like of which you have probably never seen before – a real Friday treat before we batten down the hatches for storm Dennis.

Museum delivery flight for a ‘Mighty Hunter’

We delve back into the Aerodrome archives in the latest edition of our blog, as we look back at an impressive new museum exhibit and the day it was delivered to its new home. As Britain prepares to mark the impending arrival of the RAF’s first P-8A Poseidon aircraft, we head back almost ten years to see how one of its famous predecessors, BAe Nimrod MR.2 XV250 became the first aircraft of its kind to be presented for preservation and how its delivery flight attracted quite a crowd.

Return of the Harrier at RIAT 2019

When the nights are long and the days cold and grey, there is one thing which is guaranteed to raise everybody’s spirits, a little bit of ‘Jump Jet’ action. In the latest edition of Airfix and Corgi Aerodrome, we look back at how a pair of beautifully presented Spanish Navy VA-2 Matador IIs (Harriers by any other name) took last year's RIAT show by storm and brought back happy memories for thousands of enthusiasts. We also include a pair of pictures featuring a Spanish Harrier and the Red Arrows, but with a little bit of a twist.

Readers New Year Vulcan Spectacular

We embark on a new year of Aerodrome blogs with something very special indeed – the Avro Vulcan Reader’s Pictures edition of our aviation blog. What finer way could there be to begin another year of aviation related blogs than by featuring Britain’s favourite historic aeroplane from the perspective of Britain’s army of aviation enthusiasts? If you were one of the many people to send in your Vulcan pictures, head straight for the latest edition of Aerodrome to see if you are one of the stars of this first blog for 2020, which has turned out to be the ideal way to start any new year.

Preparing to honour Churchill’s ‘Few’

In this final edition of Aerodrome for 2019, we look forward to next year’s 80th Anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Britain and ask the question, “How will the Royal Air Force mark this historic occasion?” We illustrate this by focussing on a rather distinctive Eurofighter Typhoon fighter which went on to become something of an aviation national treasure during the 75th Anniversary back in 2015 and remain optimistic that we can look forward to a similar RAF tribute in 2020.

Cosford Airshow 2019 attracts European acts

It’s time to blow away those winter blues with a little bit of summer aviation action, as the latest edition of Aerodrome heads for RAF Cosford and this summer’s magnificent June Airshow event. A truly international affair, we will be focusing on two beautiful aircraft which took their place in an impressive static display, in addition to featuring a pair of flying display performers which rarely appear on the programme of a UK Airshow.

‘The Spirit of Great Britain’ – A Vulcan tribute

The recent announcement that Airfix will be producing a new Avro Vulcan B.2 kit reminded me that it is now 4 years since a British aviation phenomenon made its final flight and was grounded, 55 years after making its maiden flight. In this latest edition of Aerodrome, we will be paying blog homage to one of the most famous aircraft in British aviation history, one which captivated millions of people during its flying career, with its distinctive looks and thrilling displays. It’s time for some Vulcan action!

Another RAF aviation stalwart bows out

In what is proving to be a rather significant year in the history of the Royal Air Force, last week saw the service retirement of the Short Tucano T.1 trainer, as aircraft which has provided both the RAF and Royal Navy with hundreds of qualified pilots over the past 30 years. In the latest edition of Aerodrome, we pay our own photographic tribute to this handsome aeroplane by featuring a base visit to RAF Linton-on-Ouse from back in 2011 and something of a Tucanofest, as it joins the Tornado GR4 in the list of former RAF aircraft types.

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