Current Tour Programme
USA: Oshkosh 2019 - 9-day tour - The largest aviation event in the world! (227914)
21st - 29th July TOUR CONFIRMED!
The figures are truly mind-boggling – as you would expect at the largest aviation event in the world. Attendance IN 2018 was over 601,000; more than 10,000 aircraft were there; 19,588 aircraft operations in the 11-day period; an average in excess of 134 take-offs/landings per hour; 2,979 showplanes (plus the many thousands who flew and parked/camped for the event) comprising of 1,160 homebuilds, 1,094 vintage/classics, 377 warbirds, 185 ultralights and light-sport aircraft, 75 floatplanes, 22 rotorcraft, 52 aerobatic aircraft and 14 hot air balloons. Phew! That’s a lot of photos and reggies. Away from the flight-line there were 867 commercial exhibitors in 5 huge ’trade halls’. Also 1,500 forums, workshops and presentations attended by more than 75,000 people. 2,800 people flew aboard EAA’s Ford Tri-Motors, while 3,032 took rides aboard EAA’s Bell 47 helicopters (memories of MASH) and 680 enjoyed a memorable flight in the EAA’s B-17 Flying Fortress “Aluminium Overcast”. You will have 7 full days to experience all the above at a leisurely pace. Our time at Wittman starts on the Monday, the opening day of the show.
USA: Oshkosh 2019 - 7-day tour - The largest aviation event in the world! (227913)
23rd - 29th July TOUR CONFIRMED!
For those with limited time or finances, this shorter option to the biggest aviation event in the world, still gives you 4 full days on Wittman Field in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. You will stay on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, in the halls of residence where there is the option of staying in one of the air-conditioned 2-bedroom suites, or an air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned room on a twin-share or single occupancy basis. The itinerary will give full details of each option. Wittman airfield is a very short drive away using the EAA shuttle coach service. Other ‘Oshkosh’ tour options are our longer ’7-days at Oshkosh’ tour (227914) or a fabulous Canadian Floatplanes tour (227925) travelling around Ontario Province, immediately prior to arriving in Wisconsin.
SLOVAKIA: Slovak International Airshow & Museums (227922)
1st - 6th August NEW DATES - TOUR CONFIRMED!
If the list of participating aircraft at the last event is anything to go by, then the Slovak International Airshow is a pretty impressive event, with a great number of military and civil aircraft of a wide range of types: www.siaf.sk/en/program/aircraft/ We are there for ‘Arrivals Day’ and both days of the airshow. There is also an option to be outside the airbase for ‘Departures Day’ – see the itinerary. We are in contact with the organisers who are looking at special locations on the airbase for photographers; details will be known in May. There are 2 very good aircraft museums in Slovakia, one in Kosice and the other in Piestany: we visit both.
RUSSIA: MAKS 2019 & optional extension to St. Petersburg (227916)
27th August - 2nd September TOUR CONFIRMED!
This tour, to the ever-popular Moscow Air Show – or MAKS – which is held every 2 years, includes 2 full days at this brilliant airshow: one day inside on a Trade Day and a second aboard a specially chartered ship! It will drop anchor on the River Moscow alongside the airfield, within a stone’s throw of the Air Traffic Control Tower which is ‘airshow centre’ for the flying display! With the sun behind, fabulous photographs can be taken from this perfect location. We will stay at a Holiday Inn in the centre of Moscow on a bed, breakfast and evening meal basis. In addition to MAKs we will also visit several museums including the one-and-only ‘Monino’: the incredible collection of aircraft in the Central Air Force Museum. We also visit the An-2/Mil-2 factory which converts old, tired airframes into brand new factory-fresh aircraft and helicopters. Time also for optional sightseeing. From Moscow you have the option of continuing to St Petersburg for more aviation and sightseeing opportunities.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The People's Republic of China will be a partner country of MAKS 2019: could this see the latest Chinese aircraft participating?
STOP PRESS: Optional Zero-G Flight in IL-76 used to train Russian Cosmonauts! Estimated price US$3,500 - US$4,000 per person payable only in Sterling (approximately £2,700 - £3,100 at current rate of exchange).
UKRAINE: Airports & Aviation Museums in Kiev, Zaporozhie, Kryvyi Rih & Poltava. (227929)
4th - 10th September AWAITING UPDATE END OF JUNE
We are currently looking at a 5-8-day tour to the Ukraine visiting airports and aviation museums in Kiev, Zaporozhie, Kryvyi Rih and Poltava. Ramp tours at several airports have been requested and are to be confirmed. Flying in-country with Motorsich. Original dates we were given was May however, this has now been pushed back to September 4th - 10th.
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AUSTRIA: Air Power 2019, International Airshow (227935)
4th - 8th September TOUR CONFIRMED!
In the past one of the most popular airshows with UK and European aviation enthusiasts was the Austrian Air Force’s annual “Air Power” airshow held on Zeltweg airbase. In 2016 they came to end as the base underwent major refurbishment ready to take the air force’s new Typhoons, which replaced their classic Saab Drakens. 2019 sees a very welcome return of this favourite show. The Austrian Air Force were the last operators of the Draken and who knows, maybe the sole flying example left in Europe, owned and flown by the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight (as pictured), will be one of the participants. If the 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’ and both days of the show.
GREECE: Athens Flying Week & National War Museum & the Hellenic Air Force Museum (227931)
19th - 23rd September TOUR CONFIRMED!
The last 2 “Athens Flying Week’s” proved popular with enthusiasts - compared to previous years when the event did not live up to expectations. We will include the special Spotters Package comprising the 2 ‘Arrival Days’, ‘Rehearsal Day’, both airshow days and ‘Departures Day 2. The Spotters Package offers a raised ‘stadium’ viewing site on the airshow days and special designated areas on the other days. On our last, full day we will visit the Hellenic Air Force Museum in Tatoi followed by the National War Museum in the centre of Athens. There will be some time for sightseeing before we drive out to Athens Airport late afternoon.
BULGARIA: Aviation Museums & Aviation Day Celebrations (227936)
10th - 17th October TOUR CONFIRMED!
In response to requests made directly to our Bulgarian Tour Manager, Ivo, he has put together a tour which includes nearly all of the different facets of aviation in Bulgaria: civil airports and airfields; military bases; aerospace repair factories; museums and memorials; and optional pleasure flights. He has then added some of the famous tourist attractions located throughout Bulgaria. The end result is a carefully balanced mix of aviation and sightseeing at a leisurely pace – perfect for non-aviation minded persons in your life! The tour is based on the annual open days of the Bulgarian Air Force airbases and we await confirmation of which base is open on what date. The itinerary will be fine-tuned when the details are known.
USA: Texas - CAF Houston & Dallas Airshows & Museums (227926)
18th - 27th October
It has been many years since we attended the Confederate Air Force’s (as was) annual airshow in Midland. After a change of name to the Commemorative Air Force and a move from the desert of western Texas to the sprawling metropolis of Dallas/Fort Worth they now have their annual warbird extravaganza at the annual “Wings Over Dallas Airshow” .... and perfectly timed, the preceding weekend there is the CAF’s “Wings Over Houston Airshow”. We will attend both! Pictured here is the famous ‘wall of fire’ which has been part of the CAF’s air display since the early days. As we travel from Houston to Corpus Christi to San Antonio to Dallas, we look around some very interesting aircraft collections en route. Anchored in Corpus Christi is the famous WWII aircraft carrier the USS Lexington, now a floating aviation museum. In ’San Antone’ our hotel is near to the famous Riverwalk with its cafes, restaurants, bars and trips along the river. We will also visit the famous and historic “Alamo”.