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UK Airshow Calendar 2008

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UK Airshow Calendar 2008

In 2008 many people were excited to see the UK debut of the F-22 'Raptor' stealth fighter display at the Royal International Air Tattoo. However, in the week preceding the air show, RAF Fairford saw unusually heavy rainfall which caused major problems which resulted in waterlogged conditions not only in the public car parks but also on the airfield itself. It was hoped that they could still put on a show at RIAT but it was announced on the Friday that the show on Saturday had been cancelled and later that Sunday had also been cancelled.

The Royal Air Force put on another multi-role demo like last year. This included an E-3D Sentry, Tornado F3s, Tornado GR4s, Chinook, and Hawk T1s along with troops and pyrotechnics. They put on their display at Biggin Hill, RAF Cosford, Kemble, RAF Waddington, Sunderland, Southport, and RAF Leuchars.

On 3rd July 2008 Vulcan XH558 received her permit to fly which was just in time for the RAF Waddington International Air Show. On Saturday, XH558 made her first display to the public for nearly 15 years leaving members of the crowd emotional as the she soared through the Lincolnshire skies with the equally iconic Lancaster bomber. Unfortunately due to a technical problem the Vulcan could not display on the Sunday, although she did performed a fast taxi run. The Vulcan would go on to display at many more air shows and events until the end of 2015.

The redeveloped AirSpace (Hangar 1) museum at IWM Duxford officially opened to the public on 12th July 2008. The building, which provides 12,000 m2 of floor space, consists of an aircraft conservation area, a large exhibition hall, and a mezzanine providing views of the aircraft and interactive educational installations exploring aeronautical engineering and the principles of flight.

May 2008:

03-04 - Large Model Aircraft Show - Rougham, Suffolk.
      04 - 9th Abingdon Air & Country Show - Abingdon Airfield, Oxon.
      04 - Shuttleworth Spring Air Display - Old Warden, Beds.
      11 - Thundersprint 2008 - Northwich, Cheshire.
      17 - Shuttleworth Evening Air Display - Old Warden, Beds.
      18 - Duxford Spring Air Show - Duxford, Cambs.
24-25 - Fighter Cockpit Days - Newark Air Museum, Notts.
      25 - SUPPORT OUR PARAS - Old Sarum airfield, Wilts.
      25 - Cold War Jets Open Day - Bruntingthorpe, Leics.
25-26 - Vintage Fly-in & Air Display - Goodwood, W. Sussex.
25-26 - Southend Airshow - Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

June 2008:

      01 - Cosford Air Show & RAF At Home Day 2008 - RAF Cosford, Shrps.
      01 - Shuttleworth Military Pageant Air Display - Old Warden, Beds.
07-08 - Biggin Hill International Air Fair - Biggin Hill, Kent.
      08 - RAF Northolt Charity Photocall - RAF Northolt, Middlesex.
13-15 - AeroExpo London 2008 - Wycombe Air Park, Bucks.
      14 - Shuttleworth Evening Air Display - Old Warden, Beds.
      14 - Queen's Birthday Flypast - The Mall, London.
14-15 - Margate Big Event - Margate, Kent.
14-15 - DH Moth Club Rally/Display - RAF Halton.
14-15 - Cockpit-Fest & Aeroboot - Newark Air Museum, Notts.
      15 - Kemble Air Day 2008 - Kemble, Glos.
      21 - Merlin Pageant - Hucknall Airfield, Notts.
21-22 - Land, Sea and Air Military Display - Blackpool Seafront, Lancs.
      22 - Wings & Wheels - Wellesbourne, Warks.
28-29 - Wings, Wheels and Steam Country Fair - Rougham, Suffolk.
      29 - Old Buckenham Airshow 2008 - Old Buckenham, Norfolk.

July 2008:

      05 - Yeovilton International Air Day 2008 - RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset.
      05 - Fun Day - London City Airport.
05-06 - RAF Waddington International Airshow - RAF Waddington, Lincs.
05-06 - Woodspring Wings Show - Yatton, N Somerset.
      06 - Shuttleworth Summer Air Display - Old Warden, Beds.
11-13 - Goodwood Festival of Speed - Goodwood, W. Sussex.
      12 - Pirton Summer Fair - Pirton, Herts.
12-13 - Flying Legends Air Show 2008 - Duxford, Cambs.
12-13 - Wirral Show - Wirral, Merseyside.
14-20 - Farnborough International Airshow - Farnborough, Hants.
      19 - Shuttleworth Evening Air Display - Old Warden, Beds.
      19 - Flying Proms - Duxford, Cambs.
19-20 - Festival of History - Kelmarsh Hall, Northants.
19-20 - Vintage Wings and Wheels - North Coates Airfield, Lincs.
      20 - Fly-In and Open Day - Kirkbride Airfield, Cumbria.
24-25 - Lowestoft Air Festival - Lowestoft, Suffolk.
25-27 - International Helidays 2008 - Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset.
      26 - Wallop '08 - Middle Wallop, Hampshire.
      26 - Robin Fly-in - Headcorn Aerodrome, Kent.
      26 - National Museum of Flight Airshow - East Fortune, Scotland.
26-27 - Windermere Airshow - The Glebe, Windermere.
26-27 - Sunderland International Airshow - Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.
      27 - Bray Air Display - Bray, Republic of Ireland.
      27 - Wings and Wheels - Charity Farm, Warks.
      30 - Culdrose International Air Day 2008 - RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall.

August 2008:

02-03 - Red Bull Air Race - River Thames, London.
      03 - Thunder Day - Elvington, Yorkshire.
      03 - Shuttleworth Military Pageant Air Display - Old Warden, Beds.
07-10 - International Balloon Fiesta - Ashton Court, Bristol.
      09 - Shuttleworth Flying Proms - Old Warden, Beds.
      09 - Vintage Aircraft Fly-in - Headcorn Aerodrome, Kent.
      14 - Dawlish Carnival Airshow - Dawlish, Devon.
      14 - RAF Valley Charity Photocall - RAF Valley, Anglesey.
14-17 - 'Airbourne' International Airshow - Eastbourne, E. Sussex.
      16 - Shuttleworth Evening Air Display - Old Warden, Beds.
16-17 - Rougham Air Display - Rougham, Suffolk.
21-22 - Clacton Airshow 2008 - Clacton-on-sea, Essex.
      23 - Flying Proms - Headcorn, Kent.
      23 - Vintage Rag Wing Fly In - Sywell, Northants.
      24 - Sywell Airshow 2008 - Sywell, Northants.
      24 - Dunsfold Wings & Wheels - Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey.
28-31 - Bournemouth Air Festival 2008 - Bournemouth, Dorset.
30-31 - Shoreham Royal Air Force Association Air Show - Shoreham, West Sussex.
      31 - Little Gransden Air & Vehicle Show - Little Gransden, Cambs.

September 2008:

      06 - Lasham Grand Prix and Air Display - Lasham Airfield, Hampshire.
06-07 - Duxford Air Show - Duxford, Cambs.
06-07 - Southport Airshow - Southport, Merseyside.
06-07 - International Airshow - Portrush, Coleraine, Northern Ireland.
06-07 - The Victory Show 2008 - Foxlands Farm, Cosby, Leics.
      07 - Seething Charity Air Day - Seething, Norfolk.
      07 - Shuttleworth Pageant Air Display - Old Warden, Beds.
      11 - Jersey International Air Display - Jersey, Channel Islands.
      11 - Guernsey Battle of Britain Air Show - Guernsey, Channel Islands.
      13 - RAF Leuchars Airshow 2008 - RAF Leuchars, Fife.
13-14 - Battle of Britain Open Cockpits - Newark Air Museum, Notts.
13-14 - Battle of Britain Open Day - Kemble, Glos.
      20 - Elmsett Open Day - Elmsett Airfield, Suffolk.
      20 - Shuttleworth Evening Air Display - Old Warden, Beds.

October 2008:

04-05 - Ploughs to Propellers 1940s Weekend - Rougham, Suffolk.
      05 - Shuttleworth Autumn Air Display - Old Warden, Beds.
      05 - Duxford Autumn Airshow - Duxford, Cambs.
      19 - Air Power & Thunder 100 Day - Elvington, Yorkshire.

Cancellations in 2008:

Great Vintage Flying Weekend at Hullavington, Wilts on 16th-18th May
Walney Airshow on 21st June
RAF Digby Party in the Park on 28th June
Lydd Airshow 2008 on 28th-29th June
Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on 12th-13th July
Llanbedr Air Day on 20th August
Fly to the Past at Cornbury Park, Oxon on 30th-31st August
Music in Flight at Biggin Hill on 13th September







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