Museum: Florida Aviation Museums 2009

Great holiday in central Florida provided the perfect opportunity to revisit Fantasy of Flight but also to travel slightly further afield and take in Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville, Florida Air Museum and Kermit Weeks’ reserve collection at Lakeland Airport.

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Airshow: RIAT 2009 Displays

The world’s largest military air show turned its attention to naval aviation, in particular the soon to be retired Sea King, but also featured the F/A-18 Hornet, Harrier, Rafale, and Hawk.

Additional displays included B-52H, Vulcan, Red Arrows, Frecce Tricolori, Nimrod MR4A prototype.

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Airshow: Kemble 2009

Former home to the Red Arrows, now renamed as Cotswold Airport, airshows are rare at this former RAF base.  Well organised and some interesting displays, it would be good to see this become a regular show.

Displays included: Wingwalkers, RAF Hawk, Red Arrows, F-86 Sabre, Meteor.

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Airshow: RIAT 2008 Departures

The airshow that never was!  Following torrential rain in the days leading up to the show days, the car parks around the show ground flooded and the organisers made the difficult and unprecedented decision to cancel the displays.  A tough decision as this was to be the year of the F-22 Raptor’s debut in the UK.

Luckily, by the Monday the weather had improved enough to allow those with a ticket to attend for the departures.

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