Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, France 20th-25th June 2017 Report by Peter Davison and Colin Coulthard Having visited every Paris Salon since 1973 I can confirm that this event enjoyed, or suffered, the hottest weather on record. This spectacular trade show brings together all the aviation nations to showcase their products both in the extensive exhibition halls and, in the air or on static display, their latest products. An amazing number of commercial orders were either negotiated or announced with Boeing's 737 MAX taking the top spot. This failed to distract from the massive lead Airbus enjoys having brought the A321 to market well ahead of the Boeing product.
RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, England 8-10 July 2016 Report by Peter Davison and Colin Coulthard Well, what a show this year. The long awaited UK debut for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that cancelled at the last minute in 2015. Not satisfied with that and with it being a Farnborough year, the organisers attracted no less than six examples for our education and pleasure. Three Air Force A models from the training wing in Luke, Arizona, two B models from MCAS Beaufort , South Carolina and the first RAF B model. Combine that with an A330 tanker from Australia and Boeing 767 from Japan and you realise the extensive reach of the Air Tattoo team and the reputation of this, the largest military airshow in the world.
Ashton Court, Bristol, 7-9th August 2015 As with any Lighter-than-air festival the weather is a key component. Safe flying requires calm conditions and a complete absence of thunderstorms. For a pleasant change this was the forecast for all three days; attracting balloonists and the public to this free admission event. Apart from the fairground and retail attractions of the grassed amphitheatre it is early morning and early evening that provide the best launch conditions.
RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire 17-30th July 2015 When rumours started to circulate of an Anglo-Indian exercise in the UK in July all thoughts immediately turned to RIAT; was there a chance that this prestigious airshow might spring yet another surprise. Sadly it was not to be though, as the three support aircraft were to be stationed at RAF Brize Norton in nearby Oxfordshire, almost every enthusiast chose to 'pass by' this operational base before or after their Fairford visit.
RAF Fairford, England, 17-19 July 2015 2015 heralded the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain and was celebrated in style at RIAT. A magnificent selection of Hurricanes and Spitfires were brought together to fly in loose formation, accompanied by a real Messerschmidt 109 and Spanish built HA-1112 Buchon. The crowning glory was the first RIAT appearance of the newly restored Blenheim.
15-21 June 2015 The 2015 show was somewhat overshadowed by the crisis in Ukraine that threatened to reduce Russian participation but increased the attendance by the US armed forces. However, the arrival of a Sukhoi Superjet; destined for Interjet in Mexico and the new Antonov 178 from Kiev was very welcome.
29th - 31st May 2015 This year's AeroExpo trade show was well attended on the Saturday due to fine if cool weather. Friday was mixed and Sunday wet and windy. The trade/spectator area had been reduced as a partner event, Heli UK Expo with a helicopter rodeo, had been added; highly relevant as Sywell is a major centre for helicopter operations.