December 2004 - Manchester Airport
unusual Learjets at Manchester Airport on New Year's Eve - United
Arab Emirates Type 35 (left) and Irish Air Corps Type 45 (right).
The Irish example celebrated its first year of operations on 19
December. Pictures by Carl Sharples.
December 2004 - Cambridge
its first flight after a lengthy restoration by Hawker Restorations
was Hurricane R4118/G-HUPW, owned by Peter Vacher. Piloted by Pete
Kynsey it got airborne at Teversham at 14:06 and landed at 14:27,
after climbing to 3,000 ft and operating in the local area. Pictures
by Damien Burke.
December 2004 - Kemble
was the day at Kemble for the first (and second) flawless post-repaint
flights of the 'Blue Diamonds' Hunter, XL577. See more information
here. Pictures by
December 2004 - Prestwick passers-by
(left) is Omega B707 N707LG, ex-A-7002 of the Indonesian Air Force.
aircraft is being cleaned and having general maintenance done at
Prestwick before going Stateside for tanker conversion.
Second is Antonov 124 UR-ZYD of Kiev Aviation Plant. The photo is
taken from the cockpit of B707 N707LG. Pictures by Andy Williams.
December 2004 - Last Strike Eagles for Lakenheath
gloomy Lakenheath afternoon saw the latest 2 F-15E Strike Eagles
for the 48th FW arrived shortly after 14:00 as Retro 37 and Retro
38, serialled 01-2004 and 01-2003. An old pair are due out to Mountain
Home early next year in exchange. It is rumoured these will be the
last new airframes for the 48th FW, the final pair from the order
for ten airframes placed in 2001, comprising the 227th-236th F-15Es
produced at the Boeing St Louis facility. Pics courtesy of Tom
December 2004 - Jetstream arrives at Newark Air Museum
Air Museumís seventieth [70th] aircraft, Handley Page Jetstream
XX492, started its long journey from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose,
Cornwall to Winthorpe Airfield in Nottighamshire on Wednesday 8
two Police escorted loads initially made their way to Ashchurch,
Gloucestershire, where they made an overnight stay. The journey
north recommenced on Thursday 9 December and the two lorry loads
eventually arrived at the museum site at 1230 hours. During the
early afternoon the aircraft was off loaded inside the new Display
Hangar, where it will be reassembled during the coming weeks.
aircraft was formerly an multi-engined pilot Trainer with the Royal
Air Force and it is believed to have been one of the last of the
type to fly out of nearby RAF Cranwell, Lincs on 22 March 2004,
when Course 159 was completed. The aircraft is currently the only
one of its type to be displayed in a volunteer managed museum in
Great Britain and it wears the distinctive light blue Cranwell training
band around its fuselage.
& text - Howard Heeley - Down To Earth Promotions
November 2004 - Donation to Fly Navy Heritage Trust
Events Ltd. has donated £4,000 to the Fly Navy Heritage Trust.
Its mission is to ensure that the unique British collection of aircraft
that is the Royal Navy Historic Flight based at RNAS Yeovilton,
Somerset continues to fly long into the future. Their aim is to
preserve the nation's aviation heritage so that future generations
can understand the nature of those who built, maintained, operated
and fought in Naval aircraft of the past by experiencing them first
is a huge expense as well as time and effort involved in restoring,
maintaining and displaying these historic aircraft. Without financial
aid these aircraft wouldn't be flying" says Ralph Patel of
AHA Events Ltd.
the Sea Fury and Sea Hawk displaying at this year's Air Day was
very special. Both these aircraft have undergone substantial restoration
over the last few years and it was good to see them making their
comeback at Yeovilton. Hopefully, they'll both be fit for a full
season next year" says John Beattie of the RNHF.
Events Ltd. are based in Barnstaple, North Devon and are contracted
by the Ministry of Defence to organise Air Days at Royal Naval Air
Station Yeovilton, Somerset, home of the RNHF.
(left to right): John Beattie - RNHF General Manager, Audrey Huelin
- AHA Events Ltd. Director, Eric Young - RNHF Chief Engineer and
Ralph Patel - AHA Events Ltd. Director
November 2004 - A rare visitor to UK shores is the An-12 'Cub',
but RA-11529 dropped in briefly at Brize Norton. Picture by Mark
- ADAE President Gerald Howarth MP (left) handing over the trophy
to Denny Dobson (right) at the Cranfield Symposium, watched over
by Stephen Theodorous representing Nigel Foster of Hayward Aviation.
Picture by Peter R March
November 2004 - Top airshow award
display pilot Denny Dobson received the Hayward Aviation Trophy
at the Air Display Association Europe (ADAE) Autumn Symposium held
at Cranfield on 27 November. The annual award, sponsored this year
by specialist aviation insurers Hayward Aviation, was presented
by ADAE President Gerald Howarth MP. It was awarded to Denny for
his acclaimed airshow aerobatic performances over the past ten years.
In addition to the Trophy he received a cheque for £250. Nigel
Foster and the aviation insurance companies that he has represented,
have backed this award since 1991. It is given to airshow personalities
that have made significant contributions to the air display industry
in the UK. Previous winners have been display pilots Robin Bowes,
Adrian Gjertsen and Keith Sissons; organiser Jock Maitland; commentator
Sean Maffet, and Elly Sallingboe for her tremendous efforts in keeping
the B-17 Sally B in the air.
November 2004 - Newark Air Museum's new hangar was officially
opened for business by Councillor K Fletcher, Chairman of Newark
& Sherwood District Council.
new hangar already has some inmates, most notably the Varsity
(now the only one to be preserved under cover), Swift, Javelin
and newly-arrived Sea Harrier.
is plenty of space for more and the double-door arrangement should
see a good rotation of exhibits over time. Such was the occasion
that it also attracted TV reporters, much to the delight of your
Air-Scene UK reporter...
November 2004 - AMP-102, which is one of the three ex-Israeli
Defence Force E-2C Hawkeyes being delivered to the Mexican Navy,
arriving at Prestwick from Brize Norton today. Picture by Andy
same aircraft departing Brize Norton earlier in the day. Picture by