Aviation News visited the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby today. Here’s a few of the immaculate aircraft in or around the Flight's hangar during our visit: Spitfire Vb AB910, Spitfire PR.XIX PS915 (just back from overhaul), Lancaster PA474, Hurricane IIC PZ865, Spitfire XVI TE311, Spitfire PR.XIX PM631, Spitfire LFIX MK356 and Dakota ZA947. Many thanks to all at the BBMF for making our visit happen. Main image: Spitfire Vb AB910
English Electric Canberra B.2/6 WK163 (G-BVWC) arrived at Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport (formerly RAF Finningley) in South Yorkshire on July 14.
Fans of the Star Wars film franchise were the first to see plans for All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) latest specially painted jet when artwork was unveiled at the Star Wars Celebration Europe event in London on July 15-17.
A pair of VIP-configured Sukhoi SuperJet 100-95LR aircraft were handed over to the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) during an official ceremony at SuperJet International’s base in Venice, Italy on July 15.
The Avro Vulcan XL426 team are holding an open day at their Southend Airport base on (Sunday) 21st August. Gates open at 10.00 and last admission will be at 16.00.
Entry to see the Cold War icon is £4 for adults and senior citizens, with under-16s gaining entry free for the ground visit. For those who wish to visit the cockpit, subject to availability, an additional cost of just £3.50 per person, regardless of age, ensures a unique view with an experienced guide.
The team's Richard Clarkson told Aviation News: “With our talented volunteers we are able to keep the Vulcan in excellent condition thanks to our charity open days and we hope as many people as possible come along on Sunday 21st August – you will have a great time. If you can’t come along that day, why not put a date in your diary for the final Vulcan open day of the year which will be on Sunday 25th September when the aircraft will be open to visitors for the last time this season.” For more details see: www.avrovulcan.com
Take the road past the airport terminal and you will find the Vulcan signposted with parking nearby. The aircraft is only two minutes’ walk from the London Southend Airport rail station too – just turn right as you exit and you will see the Vulcan ahead of you!
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team is set to support the UK’s prosperity by performing in up to 20 locations from the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific. The major overseas tour, later this year, will also see the Red Arrows perform in China for the first time ever.
The team is also set to undertake flypasts in countries including India, Malaysia and Singapore.
Planning is under way to finalise details of the Red Arrows deployment, which follows an invitation for the aerobatic team of Hawk T1 aircraft to perform at Airshow China in Zhuhai in November.
New York-based JetBlue Airways has amended its existing purchase agreement with Airbus to include an additional 15 Airbus A321ceo (current engine option) and 15 A321neo (new engine option) aircraft. Beginning in 2019, JetBlue has the flexibility to configure the A321neo aircraft to the longer range A321LR.
Many of JetBlue’s newly ordered A321 aircraft are expected to be delivered from Airbus’ newest manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. The first aircraft to be produced at Airbus’ US Manufacturing Facility – a JetBlue A321 known as the ‘BluesMobile’ delivered this spring and was recently displayed at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
JetBlue currently operates a fleet of 160 A320 family aircraft, including 130 A320s and 30 A321s. Including this most recent order the airline’s backlog of Airbus aircraft comprises 116 jets: 25 A320neo, 31 A321ceo, and 60 A321neo aircraft.