A warbird is any vintage military aircraft now operated by civilian organizations, individuals or by historic arms of military forces, such as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

RIAT 2022 Departure

Traditionally most of the Royal International Air Tattoo participant’s head home on Monday after the show. Like every year this event can be witnessed with special tickets from two sides of the runway.

Royal International Air Tattoo 2022

After an absence of two years due to the COVID pandemic, the Royal International Air Tattoo, opened its doors again on 16-17 July 2022 at RAF Fairford for Europe’s biggest air show. Highlights on this sold out event included the E-4B, the Republic of Korea display team Black Eagles, flying the KAI T-50B, a Bahrain C-130J, first RIAT visit of the KC-46, Top Aces A-4N and Swedish Air Force History Flight including a Viggen, Dragen and Lancer. Civil highlights included the Oil Spill Response classic Boeing 727.

US Fighter Jets

In this timeline we will look into the operational history of US fighter jets since World War 2. From the P-80 in 1945 till the F-35C in 2019, the US Air Force, Navy and Marines operated 47 major types in the role of air superiority fighter / interceptor or multi role fighter aircraft.

Pima Air & Space Museum

Pima Air & Space museum is one of the worlds biggest aviation museums, featuring over 350 military and civil aircraft. Existing for forty years and located next to the David-Monthan “Boneyard” it has a constant flow of aircraft ranging from the beginning of flight to the Boeing 787.

Air Force Days 2019

After an absence of two year the Royal Netherlands Air Force Days are back. This two day event, at 14 and 15 July was held at Volkel Air Base and attracting some 430.000 visitors. A nice variety of aircraft were present at the Static and Air show, with the Air Power demo highlighting the flying program. Especially for this event, two Dutch F-35s flew over from the US, with the latest, F-008, being on Dutch soil for the first time.

Royal International Air Tattoo 2019

245 aircraft from 25 countries participated in this years Royal International Air Tattoo, held 19-21 July at RAF Fairford. This is noticeably less than previous years. Also, this year the air show on Sunday was less attractive compared to Saturday, which was disappointing. But still lots of good stuff like the flying demo’s from the Romanian MiG-21 and Spanish Armada EAV-8 Harrier. Highlight of Mondays departures was definitely the B-52.

Flying Legends

When you are into warbirds, pistol driven aircraft, the annual Flying Legends airshow in Duxford, UK is the place to be. With over 50 fly worthy aircraft from the World War 2 era attending, including 15 Spitfires, it makes it a unique air show.

Royal International Air Tattoo 2018

For the 2018 edition of the world’s biggest military airshow we celebrate 100 years RAF. The Royal International Air Tattoo was held at RAF Fairford on the weekend of 14-15 July, and was blessed with beautiful weather. Over 300 aircraft on display with some special visitors. A big contribution from Canada and the Ukraine was back. Also a first European visit for the JASDF Kawasaki C-2.

RIAT 2017 Departure

Traditionally most of the participant’s head home on Monday after the show. Like every year this event can be witnessed with special tickets on two sides of the runway. With pilots asked to keep it low, the day resulted in some great take off pictures.

Royal International Air Tattoo 2017

This year’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford celebrated the USAF 70th anniversary. Stars of the show The Thunderbirds, with a special surprise on Sunday. Aviamagazine was present on Sunday, the last show day, and departure on Monday.

Air Force Days 2016

This edition of the Dutch Air Force Days will enter the history books as first ever public air show appearance of the F-35, formerly known as Joint Strike Fighter. A first for the Dutch a few weeks ahead of the RIAT where the Americans will show their F-35.

Castle Air Museum

Castle Air Museum is located on the grounds of former Castle Air Force Base in Atwater, Ca. The museum shows more than 50 aircraft, from World War II, the Cold War and present day. The collection includes some exclusive aircraft like the only RB-36 remaining.

AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

With over 2500 aircraft on show, EAA AirVenture Oshkosk is the biggest air show in the world. Although the show focusses on experimental- and homemade aircraft, also over 350 warbirds could be seen on the ground and in the air!

Royal International Air Tatoo 2015

Photo report of the world’s biggest air show at RAF Fairford on 18-19 July 2015. This year star attraction was Japan’s maritime patrol aircraft Kawasaki P-1. The P-1 is one of the contestants to replay’s the aging Royal Navy Nimrod.

Hermeskeil Flugausstellung

Hermeskeil Aviation Museum officially named Flugausstellung Leo and Peter Junior, has the biggest privately owned collections of military and civil aircraft in Germany. The collection with over 100 aircraft on display has some unique aircraft from the Cold War age. Lots of former East German military aircraft are on display but also Germany’s military allies during that period.

Air Force Days 2014

20, 21 June Gilze-Rijen Air Base hosted this year’s Royal Air Force Days. This year’s theme was operation air support and showed the capabilities of today’s Air Force. 245.000 visitors saw modern equipment, but there was also time to look back, for instance to celebrate 50 years of Alouette III service in the RNLAF.

Air Force Days 2013

After a year of absence, The Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days, or Air Force Days, took place at Volkel Air Base on 14 and 15 June 2013. This year celebrating 100 years of military aviation in the Netherlands.

Central Air Force Museum

The largest Russian aircraft museum in the world is located on the site of the former Monino airfield east of Moscow. With over 170 aircraft, mainly from the Cold War-era, this museum is a must see! The collection has many unique (one-off) aircraft and prototypes. For example the only existing Sukhoi T-4, Myasishchev M-50 and ground effect Bartini Beriev VVA-14 can be seen here.

China Aviation Museum

The China Aviation Museum, often referred to as Datangshan, is China’s biggest Aviation museum with a collection over 300 aircraft. The museum offers a great collection dating from the Korean- and Cold War, till current Chinese airpower. The museum is located 60 km north of Beijing, near the town of XiaoTangShan, and was once part of the Shahezhen airbase.

Koksijde International Airshow 2011

This year, the Belgian Air Component (COMOPSAIR), Air Force department of the Belgian military, celebrates the 65th anniversary of the Air Force. The costal airbase of Koksijde was the scene of this celebration, with special guests like the Saudi Arabian Hawks and the USAF Thunderbirds.

Nellis Aviation Nation 2010

The annual air show at Nellis AFB, Las Vegas NV, was held on 13 and 14 November 2010. Besides a favourite event in Las Vegas the Aviation Nation 2010, as the show is called, is also the official homecoming of the Thunderbirds demo team.

Flugplatzfest Sankt Stephan

It must be the ultimate place to fly a jet: the Swiss Alps. Mountainranges, glaciers, green valleys and clearblue lakes. For the Dutch Hawker Hunter Association it was part of a dream: bring one of their own to the yearly Hunterfest held at Sankt Stephan airfield in the Obersimmental right in the heart of the Swiss Alps.

Cambrai meeting Arién 2010

On June 26, 2010, the French Air Force hosted it’s annual airshow, meeting Arién, at the Northern airbase Cambrai.

Paris Air Show 2009

20 June 2009, Aviamagazine attended the Salon International de l’aeronautique at Paris Le Bourget, better known as the Paris Air Show. This edition of this bi-annual trade show featured the debuting Russian regional jet SSJ-100 also known as the Sukhoi Super Jet.

KLu Opendays 2008

The Annual Open Dagen (open days) of the Royal Netherlands Air Force was held on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st at Leeuwarden AB in the far north of the Netherlands. Highlights included a Canadian CP-140, the OV-10 and a flying display of the new NH-90. A first for the Netherlands was the Polish team Iskra and the historical RAF trainer Gnat.

Openhouse NAS De Kooij

Naval Air Station De Kooij, in the northern part of Holland, is home base of the Dutch Navy SH-14D Lynx helicopter. This helicopter will be replaced by the NH-90 helicopter in the very near future. There have been some delays so we will see the Lynx helicopters for some years.

Evreux meeting Arién 2007

On July the 8th 2007, the French air force hosted it's annual airshow, meeting Arién, at the transport base Evreux, west of Paris.

Royal International Air Tattoo 2007

The annual Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is one of the biggest military air shows in the world held at RAF Fairford, United kingdom. We were present on Saturday July 14. Highlights this year was the Indian delectation including two Su-30s and an Il-78 support tanker. Also it was the last public appearance of the F-117 on a European air show.

NATO open house Geilenkirchen

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the E-3A component, the NATO organized a open house at there Main Operating Base (MOB) located at Geilenkirchen, Germany. We visited the base on Sunday 17th of June 2007 with beautiful weather and perfect photo cloud formations.

Cambrai meeting Arién 2006

On July the 2nd 2006, the French air force hosted it’s annual airshow, meeting Arién, at the Northern airbase Cambrai.

NAS Oceana 2005

November 2017, while cleaning out the AviaMagazine office we discovered a CD hidden away in a box. What a treasure it turned out to be. Unpublished photos from the NAS Oceana Air Show 2005, yes the days the Tomcats were still flying!

Royal International Air Tattoo 2005

On 16 & 17 July the annual Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), the world's greatest military air show, was held at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England. This year themes included 60 years United Nations, Surveillance 05 and Nato Tigers Roar 05.

Airpower 05

This years Airpower air show at Zeltweg Austria, marked the end of Draken operations with the Austrian Air Force. Like earlier editions, Red Bull, played a big part during the air show. So again a great mix between military, civil and warbird action.

KLu Open Dagen 2005

The Annual Open Dagen (open days) of the Royal Netherlands Air Force was held on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th at Gilze-Rijen AB in the south of the Netherlands. And from a spotters point of view it was a great edition. Highlights included special guests from Egypt and New Zealand.

Meeting Aerien Casaux

Sunday 12 June, the French Meeting aerien was held at Cazaux airbase, located 70 km south of Bordeaux in the South of France. What makes this place special is the 150sq from the Singapore Air Force, which is based at Cazaux with sixteen A-4 and TA-4 Skyhawks. Besides the Singapore AF, the Belgium Air Force also uses Cazaux as a training base. And last but not leased the French test squadron CEV is also based here.

Niederrhein Flugtage

May 21 and 22, the annual Flugtage (open house) was held at Dusseldorf-Regional (Weeze) Airport, former Royal Air Force Base Laarbruch, Germany. This would be my first visit to this airfield in ten years time, curious to see how much was changed the last couple of years.

Royal International Air Tattoo 2004

On 17 & 18 July the annual Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), the world's greatest military airshow, was held at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England. This year themes included 50 years of the Hercules, 30 years of the Hawk and the 60th anniversary of D-Day.

KLu Opendays 2004

On Friday 18 and Saturday 19 June the annual Open Dagen of the Royal Netherlands Airforce took place at Volkel AB, Netherlands. Looking at the days with a spotters point of view, it was disappointing. 25 years F-16 with the fewest F-16 in years, no eastern Europe (new NATO members), expect the An-30 and no Migs.

ILA 2004

The tradition of the ILA dates back nearly one hundred years and reflects the development of aviation. From the outset, it was an international exhibition. The air shows were always trade fairs and at the same time a meeting place for aviation enthusiasts. First the show was held at Frankfurt and Berlin-Tempelhof. After WWII the show was relocated at the German main land. The fall of the Berlin Wall enabled the International Aerospace Exhibition to return to its original location. For the first time, ILA 1992 was held at Berlin-Schönefeld Airport.

March Field Museum

In this second chapter in our "out of service" special we visit the March Field Museum located next to the March ARB in Riverside, CA. The March Field collection now includes 68 aircraft. On display are many aircraft which served on the March Air Base in there active service years.

Royal International Air Tattoo 2003

The annual Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is one of the biggest military air shows in the world held at RAF Fairford, United kingdom. We were present on Saturday July 19th. Highlight this year was the 100 years of flight showcase, which featured some UK museum pieces on the static.

Airpower 03

The Airpower airshow at Zeltweg, Austria is one of the more interesting shows to visit, not only because of the operation Drakens, but also because of the beautiful Styrian Alps backdrops. The show is a joined venture between Defence and Red Bull, what makes this show extra interesting with the presence of all Flying Bulls.

KLu Open Dagen 2003

The 2003 Klu Open Days were held at Twente Air Base 20 / 21 June 2003. This was the last airshow at Twente, before the base flying operation were closed in 2005. The static offered some great visitors, four Canadian CF-188s, Turkish NF-5s and Hungarian MiG-29. The Airpower demo, Austrian J-35O were amongst the highlights of the air show.

Royal International Air Tatoo 2002

The annual Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is one of the biggest military air shows in the world held at RAF Fairford. We were present on July 20. During the landing of the Italian G222, the forward landing gear collapsed, closing the runway for some time.

Royal International Air Tattoo 2001

For the second year in a row, the Royal International Air Tattoo, took place at RAF Cottesmore. The 30th anniversary of the world’s biggest military airshow couldn’t use its normal RAF Fairford location as the runway was getting a complete overhaul. Aviamagazine visited the show on Sunday 29 July 2001.

Linköping-Malmen 2001

19 May 2001, AviaMagazine was present at Linköping-Malmen Air Force Base for the Swedish Air Force flygdag. Although the weather wasn’t that good, the show was as often in Scandinavia, very interesting. This is because most of the Swedish military aviation is kept fly worthy and present at these shows. Where do you see a flying Pembroke, Vampire, Hunter, J29, J32, J35 in one show.

Cambrai Meeting Arién 1993

On May 25th, 1993, the French air force hosted it’s annual airshow, meeting Arién, at the Northern airbase Cambrai.