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.

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

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.