Cameraman Cliff Norton B.A.Hons turning hus lens towards the Skys once more photographing New and Classic warbirds. Located just outside the city of Lincoln RAF Scampton, 100 years of aviation dating from WW1 and WW2 home of the 617 'Squadron konen as the Dambusters' Squadron, The show's unique mix of modern military jets, historic warbirds, civilian display acts, including the RAF Falcons military parachute team, staring Alingsås side the world famous Red Arrows performing for the first time at their home base! Scampton Airshow will play host to up to 100 aircraft during the airshow weekend, both in the air and on the ground.
Already confirmed for the 5 hour flying display are:
BBMF - Lancaster and 4x Spitfires
French Alpha Jet
Gyro Air Displays
Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron Vampires
Rich Goodwin Pitts Special
The Lancaster is one of the most iconic British aircraft and one that shares a unique and important relationship with RAF Scampton. During May 1943, No. 617 Squadron took to the skies out of Scampton in 19 Lancasters with the aim of destroying German dams along the Eder, Mohne and Rohr rivers.
The attack was audacious in both its planning and through the use of new technology, including the ubiquitous 'bouncing bomb', examples of which can be seen in the Scampton Heritage Centre over the airshow weekend.
Classic B-17 FLYING FORTRESS
The B-17 was critical to the USAAF daylight precision bombing campaign and was armed with 13 machine guns, hence the name "Flying Fortress".
Flying in formation, the Fortresses battled through German defences in daylight raids, suffering heavy casualties until the addition of long-range escort fighters, the P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang, and the introduction of the 25 mission limit.
Combat crews lives were measured in weeks rather than months but, despite the high casualty rate, B-17's became famous for returning home with terrible battle damage and were fondly regarded by their crews for this quality.
The B-17 is powered by four Wright Cyclone radial engines, each producing 1,200 horse power giving a top speed of 287mph at 25,000ft. With a bomb load of 6,000lbs the B-17 could fly 2,000 miles.
Confirmed static aircraft include:
Canadian CF-18 Hornet, Buccaneer S2B, F-4F Phantom, Hunter Mk.58, Su-22M-4 'Fitter', Gazelle helicopter, Dutch F-16 Fighting Falcons x2, RAF Hawk T.1, RAF Hawk T.2, RAF King Air, RAF Tornado x2, RAF Tucano x2, RAF Grob Tutor, RAF Typhoon.