11 October 2014
The Ejercito del Aire, Spanish air Force, celebrated its 75th anniversary with this major airshow coupled with a flypast the following day over central Madrid on Spain’s National Day. The organisation was a little disorganized. Early information announced the venue as Getafe, still in Madrid, but now home to the Airbus MRTT finishing centre. In mid summer this changed to Torrejon with its enormous ramp area normally populated with the VIP flight, the Canadair water bombers and 12 squadron with EF18 Hornets.
NATO Tactical Leadership Programme
Albacete Air Base, Spain
15 September – 10 October 2014
The visit was made in the fourth week of the exercise which was blessed with good flying weather and a westerly wind. Local authorities were considerate and, since the harvest was already gathered in, landowners were considerate in allowing the many photographers to gather near the runway approach paths. In week four only afternoon sessions are flown.
African Aerospace & Defence
17-21 September 2014-10-14
AFB Waterkloof, Pretoria, RSA
This eagerly awaited airshow enjoyed good weather and massed public attendance. Waterkloof is home to the Government flight, the transport and communications squadrons of the South African Air Force. There were concerns that, due to harsh financial conditions in recent years, the military participation would be limited.
28 July - 3 August 2014
The EAA, or Experimental Aircraft Association holds it annual gathering and, more importantly, the World’s largest Fly-In, in Wisconsin USA every summer. Thousands of light aircraft, including warbirds and homebuilts, descend on Whitman Field, Oshkosh to socialise, inspire and exchange knowledge. There are sales chalets, educational seminars, construction workshops and entertainment for a whole week.