Current Tour Programme
UK: 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force (227800)
30th June - 17th July
In what is a very historic year for British aviation, 2018 sees the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force: the world’s first autonomous ‘air force’. We spend 2 days at RIAT, visit Coningsby for the launch and recovery of 27 Typhoon and Tornado aircraft taking part in the Air Parade over London and attend the special air show at Duxford! Our tour visits various aviation places that are part of that history: from the early days of the RFC and RNAS right up to the present day. The RAF’s biggest celebration of the anniversary will be at the Royal International Air Tattoo; and the Shuttleworth Collection’s “Military Pageant” air display: the first covers mainly the modern era of jet-power; the second, WW II with its warbirds; and the third, WW I and the Edwardian age – we attend all 3! During our travels we visit aviation museums and collections large and small; historic places and sites – including the only surviving, original WW I airfield and the ‘birthplace’ of the RAF: Farnborough. Away from aviation there is also time at leisure in historic places just look at the fabulous itinerary. Book now to avoid disappointment!
USA: Oshkosh 2018 - 9-day tour - The largest aviation event in the world! (227822)
22nd - 30th July
There is nothing remotely like the EAA’s Airventure show in Oshkosh; it is by far the largest aviation event held on the planet. It caters for all aspects of aviation: civil, home-builds/kits, general aviation, classic and antiques, microlights and warbirds. Fixed wing, rotary wing, land and seaplanes. Only ballooning is not catered for. With over 800 exhibitors, hundreds of technical workshops, seminars and presentations, thousands upon thousands of aircraft flying in and a daily flying programme and airshow there is a LOT to see. Our 6 full days at Oshkosh lets you enjoy the event at a leisurely pace. You also have the option of a 7-days extension to Indiana, Ohio and Washington DC to visit the National Museum of the US Air Force, the Air and Space Museum and the Steven Udvar-Hazy Centre. Time also for explore the American capital as you wish.
USA: Oshkosh 2018 - 7-day tour - The largest aviation event in the world! (227806)
24th - 30th July
It’s the top of your ‘wish list’ - you have always dreamed of going to Oshkosh - but you have limited time and/or funds. Well with this, our shorter tour, you can now pack your suitcase and head off to the wilds of Wisconsin for 4 full days at Airventure! And, while you are there, you can also join your fellow enthusiasts on our optional 7-day extension to Peru, Indiana, Dayton, Ohio and Washington DC visiting the world’s largest aviation collection and the most visited museum in the world: the National Museum of the US Air Force and the Air and Space Museum respectively. Plus the Steven Udvar-Hazy Centre’s amazing collection of aircraft and free time to enjoy as you wish in DC.
RUSSIA: 'Army 2018', Kubinka Airbase (227808)
21st - 27th August
Our first ever visit to the huge Russian Armaments Expo – “ARMY” – in Moscow in August 2017 was very popular and enjoyed by all who went. Our itinerary to ARMY 2018 is longer and more flexible, giving you the choice of spending time at all 3 sites over 6 full days. We provide the coach transfer and you go where you want: Kubinka AB, Patriots Park (with 30 aircraft in the museum) or Alabino, the venue for the live firepower and airshow. We again stay outside of Moscow and not too far from Kubinka airbase; our full-service hotel (with en-suite facilities) is only 17 miles from the airbase where all participating aircraft will be based and from which they take-off and land.
POLAND: 100th Anniversary of the Polish Air Force Airshow, Air Force Museum & the Polish Aviation Museum (227825)
24th - 28th August
2018 sees a number of European air forces celebrating their 100th birthdays including the Polish Air Force. Even on non-special occasions the Poles have an enviable reputation of getting a wide range of aircraft from many nations participating at their airshows. So this very special occasion is likely to be too good to miss! Already the talk is that it will be a huge and exciting event. Along with 2 days at the airshow we also visit the 2 biggest aviation collections in Poland: the Polish Air Force Museum in Deblin and the national Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow. Where better to spend the August Bank Holiday!
ALBANIA: Albanian Air Force (227816)
3rd - 7th September
The latest information on internet forums - and Google Earth images - show that there are still enough ‘withdrawn-from-use’ and stored Russian and Chinese versions of classic Soviet 1950’s and 60’s MiGs, Mils and Ilyushins, lying around. Approved by the Minister of Defence we visit Albanian Air Force bases and storage sites, plus several aircraft that are on display in Tirana. This 5-day tour is 100% ‘aviation’ in content, includes breakfasts and evening meals and is excellent value for money. And as we are staying in the same hotel in Tirana the whole time, non-aviation persons will be able to spend a week enjoying official sightseeing excursions as well as exploring the delights of Tirana as they wish.
SOUTH AFRICA: 4 Airbases (confirmed); Airfields, Aviation Museums and time for sightseeing (227803)
11th - 24th September
After an absence of many years we return to the Republic of South Africa. We have provisional approval from the South African Air Force of our visits to all their main airbases; and for ramp tours at the stated airfields in the Johannesburg and Pretoria area. We will visit all the major aviation museums and the SAA Museums at Swartkop and Ysterplaat are excited to hear of our tour and promise to do everything they can to make our visits successful. As well as aviation there are opportunities to sample some of well-known tourist attractions, like The Cape, Whale Watching, Table Mountain and the world famous Stellenbosch vineyards! Also, free time to enjoy as you wish at the viewing decks at the airports or exploring at your leisure. Why not extend your trip with a Big 5 Game Safari and/or going to see the majestic power of Victoria Falls! This tour is also perfect for non-aviation persons in your life to accompany you!
RUSSIA: AIRLINES & AIRPORTS (227840)
18th - 26th September
With the recent news that the last operator of the classic Tu-134 operating on scheduled services in Russia, Alrosa Airlines, will be withdrawing the type in October, we have arranged a truly fabulous tour around Russia. You will fly in some classic Soviet era aircraft like the Tu-134, Tu-154 and An-24; and not so old Yak-42 and Let 410. Plus a couple of new types: an ATR-72 and a Sukhoi Superjet! From Moscow we fly with Izhavia, Orenburzhye, Utair, Yamal and Alrosa to Izhevsk, Ufa, Tyumen, Irkutsk, Mirny and Polyarny! This is the last call for the Tu-134. Check out this fabulous, never-to-be-repeated itinerary and book early to avoid disappointment. TOUR FULL!
USA: Pensacola & Nellis (227814)
2nd - 12th November
The US Air Force recently announced that the 2018 Nellis Airshow was cancelled. In a change to our original itinerary whilst we will still attend the Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow on NAS Pensacola, visit the National Naval Aviation Museum and the US Armament Museum on Eglin AFB but replacing Nellis will be 1½ days at the ‘Father Crowley Lookout’ atop Rainbow Canyon! Here we will capture the low flying, high speed jets streaking along the “Jedi Transition” low level route. In Tucson, Arizona there is Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson ANG, AMARG, various boneyards and optional flights around AMARG and Marana; and spend the best part of a day outside the busiest airbase of them all: Luke, with its 170 F-16's and 55 F-35's (windscreen tour of the ramps requested). A great tour and a perfect was to finish your aviation year.
CHINA: Zhuhai Airshow, Hong Kong & Beijing Aviation Museums (227818)
2nd - 13th November
Held every 2 years, the last China Airshow in 2016 was memorable for the first public appearances of several Chinese aircraft. As with the Russians, the Chinese like to spring surprises and show off their latest military hardware. What will we see for the first time in 2018 during our 2 full days at the event? Continuing the military content, in Beijing we visit the huge 200+ aircraft in the National Aviation Museum in Datan Shan. Airliner enthusiasts will have 2 full days at Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok, free time at Beijing’s Capital Airport and have the opportunity to see the civil aviation collections in the China Aviation Museum and the CAAC Collection in Tianjin. We stay in airport hotels. There is free time in Hong Kong and Beijing for optional sightseeing tours or time do what you want to do. For those who only wish to do the China Airshow, please contact us.
BRAZIL: Cruzex 2018 (227841)
16th - 23rd November
After several years absence the largest gathering of fighters in South America is back on: CRUZEX 2018 is go! Currently participating from South America are: Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay; plus Sweden, Portugal, Canada, France, the UK and the USA. All will be sending fighters (and refuellers and support aircraft) to what is the largest flying exercise held on this continent. We will be there for ‘arrivals day’ plus 4 more full days at Augusto Severo AB in Natal, Brazil. We await confirmation of our request for on-base access (and in Recife). We also spend one full day at Recife-Guararapes/Gilberto Freyre International Airport and airbase, from where the tankers and support aircraft will operate. This is a perfect opportunity to see and photograph various fighter-types of South American air forces.