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A guest post by Norm Webster, Flight Display Director for Scotland’s National Airshow at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune that took place on Saturday 26 July 2014.

Take a look at some of the fantastic images on the air display and on the ground activity that were taken of Scotland’s National Airshow in our Flickr Group and check back on the Airshow here for announcements of our 2015 show.

Here we are, less a month to go to Scotland’s National Airshow, and things are sliding into place. As I mentioned last time, we’re never 100% sure of our line-up until the day and there have been a couple of changes since my last blog.

Jet Provost at Scotland's National Airshow, July 2011 by P_rocket on Flickr

Jet Provost at Scotland’s National Airshow, July 2011. Image by p_rocket on Flickr

I have managed to secure the services of Newcastle’s Neil McCarthy and his lovely Jet Provost. Neil is a great friend of the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune and has displayed here many times: he always produces the goods and I am delighted he will be part of the line up for what will be an exciting and varied show.

Royal Navy Sea Fury at Scotland's National Airshow in July 2013

Royal Navy Sea Fury at Scotland’s National Airshow in July 2013

I can now tell you all that the Royal Navy has confirmed the participation of the Sea King and the Sea Fury, so everything is in place and I can now go firm(ish) on the air display plan.  I’ve already mentioned that we are sharing a number of aircraft with the Sunderland show this year, and although this can complicate the planning we have been able to accommodate all the various requirements quite easily.

My next job in the planning cycle is producing the co-ordination plan for Edinburgh Airport, to ensure we don’t cause too much havoc in their already-busy air traffic plot.

Privately owned Westland Wasp at the Classic-Jet Air Show, Kemble, England, in 2003.

Privately owned Westland Wasp at the Classic-Jet Air Show  in 2003, similar to the Westland Wasp appearing at Scotland’s National Airshow on Saturday 26 July 2014.

We plan to have a couple of helicopters inside the showground this year as ‘live’ static aircraft, and I’m glad to say we will have an ex-Royal Navy Westland Wasp and the OH-6 Loach.  I always think it lends something to an airshow if people can get close to live aircraft and their crews. Crowds will also see the Royal Navy Sea King and Huey helicopters on the other side of the showground fence. The crowd should always have something interesting to look at when there aren’t aircraft actually displaying.  The Squirrel helicopter will also be landing, carrying RED 10, the RAF Red Arrows display supervisor,  Squadron Leader Mike Ling.

Royal Air Force Areobatic Team "The Red Arrows" on Springhawk 2104 at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus. © Crown copyright 2014

Royal Air Force Areobatic Team “The Red Arrows” on Springhawk 2104 at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus. © Crown copyright 2014

My team is straining at the leash and ready to go. Let’s hope the great weather continues beyond the big day. That’s it for now, over and out…

Norm Webster

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A guest post by Norm Webster, Flight Display Director for Scotland’s National Airshow at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune that took place on Saturday 26 July 2014.

Take a look at some of the fantastic images on the air display and on the ground activity that were taken of Scotland’s National Airshow in our Flickr Group and check back on the Airshow here for announcements of our 2015 show.

My second blog post is a bit earlier than normal, but I thought as I now know what fantastic aircraft we’ll be displaying at this summer’s Airshow, I’d like to share that information with you.

Red Arrows sporting new livery © Tom Hunter

Red Arrows sporting this year’s 50th anniversary livery © Tom Hunter

As you are all no doubt aware, the fact that an aircraft is programmed in the display is no guarantee of its appearance. Occasionally issues over which we have no control, from aircraft serviceability to weather, can have an effect on even the best airshow programmes. With that caveat out of the way, let me reveal that the proposed line–up so far for the Scotland’s National Airshow 2014, East Fortune, is as follows:

  • Red Arrows
  • RAF Typhoon
  • RAF Tucano
  • RAF BBMF Spitfire
  • RAF BBMF Hurricane
  • RAF BBMF Lancaster
  • Bucker Jungmann
  • Stolp Starduster
  • Tiger Moth
  • Breitling Wingwalkers
  • UH-1 Huey
  • OH-6 LOACH (static only)
  • RV8tors aerobatic team
  • Autogyro (type TBD)
  • OV-10 Bronco
  • North American T-6 Texan
OV10 Bronco at the Airshow, National Museum of Flight on 23 July 2011 © Robert G Henderson

OV10 Bronco at the Airshow, National Museum of Flight on 23 July 2011 © Robert G Henderson

I think we have the makings of a great display and I am already planning some great ‘theatre of the air’ moments.

RAF Eurofight Typhoon aircraft will be part of the line-up for the Airshow at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune on Saturday 26  July 2014

RAF Eurofight Typhoon aircraft will be part of the line-up for the Airshow at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune on Saturday 26 July 2014

We had the initial Event Planning & Emergency Services meeting recently, the meeting that sets everybody concerned on the right path, and I think I’m right in saying that everything so far looks good.  Thankfully, I only really have to worry about the flying display: I’d be completely lost if I had to sort out the traffic management or the visitor handling arrangements – I’m sure I’d make a total mess of it!

Rv8tors aerobatic display team © Steve Hawthorne

Rv8tors aerobatic display team © Steve Hawthorne

That’s it for today: this has been just a short message to let you all know that we are on track, and have some spectacular aircraft lined-up for you. All I ask of you all now is to keep praying for good weather.