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2022 Tour Programme

USA - Red Flag,
NAF El Centro Airshow;
NAS North Island, MCAS Yuma
& NAF El Centro
(219)

7th - 17th March

Following our very popular and successful Red Flag tours in July 2015 and 2017, we have received many requests for an opportunity to go to one of the Red and Green Flags which include overseas air forces participating, in addition to American military air assets. This tour includes Red Flag 22-2.

 

Superb ‘top shot’ photos like this can be taken from the outside the speedway circuit on ‘final’ to Nellis’ runway. Or at the end of East Cheyenne Avenue. As of October 2021, details of foreign and US participating units have not yet been released.

 

We start in California, in San Diego, home of Naval Air Station North Island, followed by Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro before crossing over into Arizona and MCAS Yuma. We attend NAF El Centro’s annual airshow and, on the previous day, “Arrivals Day” for MCAS Yuma’s airshow!

KAZAKHSTAN: KADEX Aerospace Exhibition & Airshow (217)

23rd - 29th May

KADEX 2022 - the Kazakhstan Defence Expo – will be the 6th of its kind, and each event attracts more and more exhibitors and visitors - and aviation enthusiasts.

 

The show is held in the military area of Nur-Sultan Airport.

 

Expect to see Kazakhstan Air Force (KAF) aircraft both on the ground and in the air. In the past the daily airshow has included both Kazak and overseas participants.

 

The static display usually includes at least one example of nearly every KAF fixed and rotor-wing aircraft in their inventory, plus civil and demonstration aircraft: all were photographed. We attend all 4 days.

GERMANY - Top Secret WWII R&D Airfields; ILA Berlin Airshow; Wehrmacht & Soviet C&C HQ Bunkers; Aviation Museums & Collections (213)

18th - 26th June

At ILA 2016 over 200 aircraft participated, either in the static display and/or in the airshow. Our tour includes 1 day at the show, with the possibility of a second day if you wish.

  

And a good number of excellent aviation museums, collections and locations (some behind the old, ex ‘Iron Curtain’ in what was the GDR or East Germany), including several very famous airfields and sites of the Second World War: Rechlin, Larz, Finow and Peenemunde; the first two were Luftwaffe ‘secret’ flight-test airfields and the latter a top-secret research and development complex responsible for the V-1 and V-2 rockets! There is also a free day to enjoy as you wish.

GERMANY - ILA 2022 Airshow (214)

23nd - 26th June

Held every 2 years, the Berlin Airshow, or ILA, was the world’s first such international aerospace exhibition and airshow and is certainly as big as the similar, well-known events held in Paris and Farnborough; and many would say that its airshow is a great deal better: a good, long crowd-line and a more exciting display with a wide range of civil and military participants.

 

At ILA 2016 over 200 aircraft participated, either in the static display and/or in the airshow. Pictured above is just part of the huge ILA area on the opposite side of the runway and Brandenburg Airport’s terminal building.

 

Our tour includes 1 (public) day at the show, with the possibility of a second (trade) day if you wish, plus: Luftfahrtmuseum Cottbus, Alliiertenmuseum, Clayallee, Luftwaffe Museum, Gatow and Maybach I, II and Zeppelin over-ground and underground bunker complex of WWII and the Cold War. And a free day in Berlin to explore and enjoy the many attractions of this vibrant and popular capital city

USA - Oshkosh - the World's Largest Aviation Event (204)

24th July - 1st August

One of our most popular tours – that’s why we include it every year. Enjoy 6 action-packed days at the EAA’s annual AirVenture. We had over 50 bookings for our (cancelled) 2021 tour!

 

As you would expect at the world’s largest aviation event there is a great deal to see and do and having 6 full days at the show enables you to do it at a leisurely pace.

 

So, what exactly is there to see? In a word “lots”! Held last year – during Covid restrictions – AirVenture 2021 still attracted hundreds of thousands of people and more than 10,000 aircraft.

 

We also visit the Harley Davidson Motor Cycle Factory and Museum in Milwaukee.

AUSTRIA – AIR POWER 2022 (218)

31st August - 4th September

One of the most popular airshows with UK and European aviation enthusiasts is the “Air Power” airshows, held on Zeltweg airbase in the beautiful Austrian countryside.  After a break in the event, due to Zeltweg AB being refurbished, 2019 saw a very welcome return of this favourite airshow, with over 200 aircraft participating. The Austrian Air Force were the last operators of the Draken and the sole flying example left in Europe, owned and flown by the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight, (pictured above) participated in the show. We very much hope it will return in 2022! 

 

If this airshow is anything like its predecessors it will be fabulous – complete with the spectacular backdrop of the Austrian mountains.  

 

With our hotel only a short distance from Zeltweg airbase we are there for ‘Arrivals Day’ plus both days of the show.

 

We look around the interesting collection of aircraft in Military Aviation Museum in Hanger 8 of the Hinterstoisser Air base Zeltweg. Our visit will be on the Sunday – the day after the airshow - when it should be quiet (and no crowds?).

GREENLAND (215)

21st - 27th September

Looking to go somewhere completely different?  Then Greenland is THE place.  Many of you will have looked down on it as you flew en-route to or from the USA or Canada, but now there is the opportunity to see this beautiful country from ground level.

 

We understand that we will be the first ever group of aviation enthusiasts and photographers to be allowed access to the 2 main airports: Kangerlussuaq and Nuuk. The former is the international airport and the latter is Air Greenland’s maintenance facility. Our airport visits have been approved by the Greenland Airports Authority.

 

Pictured above is Air Greenland’s Airbus A330 about to land at Kangerlussuaq Airport.

 

As of October 2021, the airline operates a fleet of 26 aircraft, including long-haul type for transatlantic and charter flights, 8 fixed-wing aircraft primarily serving the domestic network, and 18 helicopters feeding passengers from the smaller communities into the domestic airport network. There is: 1 Airbus A330-200, 1 B200 King Air, 7 De Havilland Canada DHC-8-200s, 7 Bell 212s, 9 Eurocopter AS350s and 2 Sikorsky S-61s.We believe that one of the Sikorsky’s is based in Kangerlussuak in the SAR role; if so, we will definitely be enquiring if there is a possibility of a flight.

 

Not the biggest fleet in the world, so it’s not quantity but quality – and rarity. Air Greenland’s fleet doesn’t come to the UK so you have to go to there to see them.

BULGARIA – Wrecks & Relics (222)

22nd - 31st October

It’s several years since we did a ‘wrecks and relics’ tour to Bulgaria; it was a tremendous success and we have received many requests to repeat it – or do something similar. Ivo, our Bulgarian born Tour Manager, has used the knowledge of his homeland and aviation to offer a second, different round-the-country tour of this beautiful and little-known country in Europe.

 

There are more than 280 preserved aircraft on display around the country and Ivo, our Bulgarian Tour Manager, reckons you will get to see about 90% of them!

 

This is a great tour for the more eclectic enthusiast, who does not mind mixing ‘aviation’ with some ‘sightseeing’. It has been put together specifically to maximize the rich aviation history of Bulgaria, with plenty of rare and unique aircraft to log and photograph. It’s a great way to get to see the best of this largely undiscovered country and, a perfect tour on which to bring your spouse.

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