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UK Airshows and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) - News & Press Releases

UK Airshows and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in 2020

Many UK Airshows and aviation events have been cancelled this year (2020) due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. UK Airshow Calendar 2020.

A list of airshows/events can be found on the UK Airshow Calendar Page and airshows affected by this virus will be highlighted as soon as the event organiser's declare that the show is cancelled or postponed.

As usual, it is always a good idea to visit the official event's website or social media pages for the latest news before attending an airshow or aviation event.

Many shows have already cancelled their events or postponed them to later in the year in the hope that restrictions will be eased. Below is a list of some of the larger shows that have been cancelled or postponed:

Duxford Air Festival - Cancelled
RAF Cosford Air Show - Postponed - Date To Be Confirmed
Royal Navy International Air Day - Cancelled
Flying Legends Air show - Cancelled
Royal International Air Tattoo - Cancelled
Farnborough International Air Show - Cancelled
Airbourne: Eastbourne International Air Show - Cancelled
Bournemouth Air Festival - Cancelled

Many other events have also been affected including the 'VE Day 75' celebrations on the 8th May 2020 but despite the cancellation of the main flypast over London there was still a flypast over Westminster by the Red Arrows, two RAF Typhoons flew over Cardiff, Edinburgh & Belfast, as well as BBMF Spitfires over the white cliffs of Dover and the Daily Mail sponsored Spitfire flypast. More details of the 'VE Day 75' celebrations can be found here.

Any other flypasts such as the 'Queen's Birthday Trooping the Colour'' (13 June 2020) and the 'VJ celebrations' (15 August 2020) will be covered on this website with information, maps of the flypast, NOTAMS etc. Details can also be found on the Red Arrows 2020 Schedule page and the BBMF 2020 schedule page.

During this difficult time we should all give thanks to the people working on the frontline and especially the Nurses and Doctors of our National Health Service (NHS).

We should also thank Captain (Colonel) Tom Moore, a WWII veteran who has raised millions of pounds for the NHS and was rightly honoured on his 100th birthday (30 April 2020) with a flypast of two BBMF aircraft (Hurricane LF363 flown by Sqn Ldr Mark Discombe and Spitfire MK365 by Flt Lt Andy Preece) as well as a flypast by an AAC Apache & Wildcat helicopter, over his home.

During this time, the military have been flying in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and helping to distribute it around the country as well as helping to establish temporary hospitals and assisting with a variety of tasks to support the NHS and other public bodies.

Chartered civilian flights have also been used to deliver resources and repatriate Britons stranded across the globe. Below are some photos (Paul Wallis) of an ex-Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340-600 operated by European Aviation, having been chartered by the UK Government to fly Special PPE from China & Malaysia via Bournemouth Airport, into the UK.

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Airshow Calendar 2020 & Cancellations.