Post by MilitaryAirshows on Apr 20, 2007 13:10:55 GMT
INNOVATION AND CELEBRATION MARK BIGGIN HILL INTERNATIONAL AIR FAIR 2007
The Biggin Hill International Air Fair 2007, set for the weekend of 2nd & 3rd June 07, is delighted to announce that a partnership between Air Displays International and the RAF Event Team has led to it hosting the first of a new type of RAF display.
The sequence will combine modern military might with various ground assets and a dedicated commentary to produce an enthralling and innovative display that will simultaneously give the spectators an insight in to modern RAF capabilities and leave them breathless.
"Throughout its time as an RAF airfield, Biggin Hill has been instrumental in developing new air power capabilities so it is fitting that the UK's most famous historical airfield has been chosen as the launch venue for what is the biggest change in RAF displaying for many years" says Colin Hitchins, ADI Chief Executive. In addition to demonstrating the best of the current RAF, The Biggin Hill International Air Fair 2007 will also be commemorating its history as it hosts the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) during its 50th display season.
The BBMF will be performing a very special display over the airfield at which it was formed during the summer of 1957. "We still consider Biggin Hill as the spiritual home of the BBMF so are thrilled that we have been chosen to host such a special celebration. Once again we can look forward to the sky above Biggin Hill being filled with Spitfires and Hurricanes" says Sqn Ldr Al Pinner, leader of the BBMF. "We are proud and thrilled that the BBMF will be returning to its birthplace to mark this key anniversary for a weekend of public celebration, with some very special events. The existence of the Memorial Flight has been an inspiration to millions of spectators over fifty years, also a massive educational asset for younger generations" says ADI's Colin Hitchins.
The 2007 Air Fair will incorporate a number of key changes to showground layout designed to provide improved spectator viewing. The spectator line is to be extended and aircraft parking areas are to be repositioned to allow better sight lines along the runway. Display aircraft will be allocated to a new enclosure that enables better access for spectators to see and photograph the pilots as they prepare for flight and return afterwards.
THRILLING AIR BATTLES RE-ENACTED BY GREAT WAR DISPLAY TEAM
Air battles of the First World War (1914 – 1918) will be realistically re-enacted at the International Air Fair by members of the Great War Display Team with their nine superb replica aircraft presented in the military colours of the era. The team comprises three SE5A single-seat fighters, the type originally built by the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough, each with a wing-mounted Lewis machine –gun. Introduced in 1917 and quickly proving to be fast and versatile, the type was flown successfully by the air aces of the period - pilots such as Albert Ball, James McCudden and Edward Mannock..
One of the team SE5A’s will be flown by 84-year old Doug Gregory, a veteran of WWII when he flew Beaufighter, Spitfire and Mosquito aircraft. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for skill and courage in the air..
Another famous British aircraft of the period exemplified by the team was the Sopwith Pup, an agile fighter with a 100hp Gnome rotary engine introduced into service in 1916. The superb replica is in the colours of the Royal Naval Air Service whose pilots flew alongside their RFC colleagues with distinction..
One of the formidable enemy fighters of the WWI period was the Fokker Dr 1 Triplane. The aircraft was a response to the Sopwith Triplane, entering service in 1917 and flown by the top German pilots at the time, including the famous Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron. John Day who flies the dogfight sequences in a most convincing way built the replica..
Other team aircraft include the French-designed Nieuport 17 Scout, this version being the only full-sized replica in Europe. It is already the star of the recently released film ‘Fly Boys’ in which it was flown by it’s builders, John Day and Bob Gauld-Galliers..
The Junkers CL1 was a sturdy German ground-attack aircraft, well ahead of its time as an all-metal monoplane. The aircraft was fully armed with a pair of forward-firing Spandau machine guns and a third gun operated by the observer from the rear cockpit.
The sight and sound of the Great War Display Team in action will capture the days of early air combat when the aircraft were made of wood and fabric, aero-engines were underpowered and unreliable, yet air battles were fought conclusively by brave, courageous airmen.
The team will be flying both weekend days, 2nd & 3rd June. On the ground, the aircraft will be on view in the new-style display park, providing good photographic opportunities and chats with pilots.
We can now officially confirm that this years Biggin Hill Air Fair has been selected as one of this year's Priority 1 shows by the RAF Events Team. It is anticipated that the centre piece of the show will be an aircraft sequence demonstrating one of the roles of the RAF containing over 10 aircraft. Expected to take part in this 25 minute display include, E3d Sentry, Tornados, Typhoons, Hawks, C130 Hercules, Chinook and Merlin. Equally exciting is the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight who have chosen to attend a limited number of shows with the four original fighters and the Avro Lancaster. Supporting these two key RAF elements will be the Red Arrows, Typhoon, Tutor, Tucano, Hawk, and Chinook displays.