A guest post by Lydia Beadle (A.K.A Squid) from the Breitling Wingwalkers for Scotland’s National Airshow.

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.

I developed a need for speed and adrenaline at an early age, probably because I did lots of horse riding as a child.  When I heard about the Breitling Wingwalkers vacancy, I jumped at the chance. Fulfilling my need for speed while creating beautiful displays is something I’ve always dreamed of!

The Breilting Wingwalkers aerobatic display team © Tokunaga

The Breilting Wingwalkers aerobatic display team © Tokunaga

I was thrilled to get started. I have been amazed at how much work is involved in looking elegant on the plane whilst fighting against 160mph winds! My first flight was in pouring rain and strong winds, but even that didn’t put me off. I had grown up learning to take on any challenges given to me and the thrill of plummeting during the loop made me feel free as a kite. With the extensive worldwide travel and the support of an incredibly close team, being a Breitling Wingwalker is a certainly a dream come true!

Lydia Beadle, Breightling Wingwalker © Richard Foord

Lydia Beadle, Breightling Wingwalker © Richard Foord

One of my favourite display moves is the Mirror, which is when I hang upside down on the inverted plane while reaching for the hands of the wingwalker flying below me. Seeing a girl below you in flight is very surreal and always leaves me laughing at how incredible it is!  Being up in the sky on the beautiful Boeing Stearman aircraft is such an honour.  I feel like a bird in the sky, so free and yet safe

The Breilting Wingwalkers aerobatic display team © Tokunaga

The Breilting Wingwalkers aerobatic display team © Tokunaga

I have been in five European shows so far, and they have all left me on a high. I keep a journal for each show I perform in, so that I can remember how amazing each moment was. I’m  looking forward to coming to East Fortune for Scotland’s National Airshow.  Being a natural redhead and having family from Scotland, it will be lovely to come back and embrace my roots once more, especially because this time I’ll be enjoying a different view!

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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

A guest post by David Cyster, Tiger Moth pilot, part of the air display at Scotland’s National Airshow National Museum of Flight.

David has previously flown at Scotland’s National Airshow and recently he took part in BBC One’s On the Road 2014 programme, which featured the National Museum of Flight and he was filmed taking presenter Fred Macaulay for a flight in his Tiger Moth. You can watch the programme here http://bbc.in/1tM15Nj

I’ve been an aviator all my life briefly as a Private Pilot License (PPL) before realising flying is so expensive and thought I ought to do it for somebody else! I joined the RAF, had a marvellous 22 years flying all sorts of aircraft from Chipmunks to several fighter aircraft including Lightning, Hunter, Phantom and Gnat.

Tiger Moth G-ANRF.

Following the my service with the RAF, I trained as an airline pilot and had an equally enjoyable 20 years with passenger aircraft from Shorts 360, ATP, Dash 7, Embraer 145 and finally the Avro RJ operating through London City Airport – great fun! I’ve had the the Tiger Moth since since 1974 so feel some attachment! I’m delighted to be invited back to your show as last year our daughter, Poppy, rather inconveniently chose to get married on the Airshow day in 2011!

Tiger Moth G-ANRF will be flying at the Airshow, National Museum of Flight, East Fortune on Saturday 28 July 2012

Tiger Moth G-ANRF.

The aircraft was built by Morris Motors back in 1941 and is still original and as such has a draughty open cockpit! Because of its age, my flying will be fairly gentle and during the aerobatics it will be mostly positive g force (upward acceleration). The display starts from 2000 feet and finishes at about 200 feet, allowing the use of this energy to augment the modest 120 horse power engine.

The preparation for any display flying is much the same whatever the aircraft. In the case of the Tiger Moth I will have completed several practice runs through the sequence prior to the show. In addition to that, all display pilots are required to hold a ‘Display Authority’ which requires an annual test to be flown in front of a Civil Aviation Authority examiner. All good fun but nothing compared to a big crowd at East Fortune and blue sky!

Please note all information is correct at the time of publishing. Flights and timings are subject to change, prevailing weather conditions and operational requirements.