The New Year has brought a fresh crisis at Vulcan To The Sky Trust in Doncaster. Not even a year-and-a-half on from XH558's final flight, the aircraft has been moved from its publicly-accessible hangar and into storage, with the Trust desperately needing £200,000 to enable it to restructure and move forward with sustainability. In this eagerly-awaited special edition of UKAR's popular podcast, Dan O'Hagan sits down for a lengthy conversation with VTTS Chief Executive Robert Pleming to discuss the present and the future, as well as a number of revealing insights into controversial incidents of the project's past.
Intro audio used with kind permission of PlanesTV.
After a lengthy hiatus, UKAR's much-loved Display Frequency returns with a programme of huge interest to anyone with a fondness for First World War aviation. Dan O'Hagan met up with David Bremner, part of the team behind the reproduction build of a Bristol Scout, incorporating a number of original parts from his grandfather's wartime machine. The completed aircraft appeared as a static attraction at July's Military Pageant at the Shuttleworth Collection, and at time of publication, a first flight is reportedly imminent!
In a special edition of UKAR's popular podcast, Dan O'Hagan meets 87 year-old veteran of World War II Ray Griffiths. Among the subjects covered are Ray's time in the Air Training Corps, surviving the Blitz, and how failing his RAF eye test led to him taking part in the Allied ground assault on Germany, and fighting in the last major land battle of the European war - at the Teutoburger Wald.
Episode Six of UKAR's iTunes smash is a fitting way to round off Display Frequency's first year. Dan O'Hagan travelled to RAF Coningsby in early December to produce a show featuring the past and present of our nation's air power.
First, we meet the 2013 Typhoon display pilot, Flt Lt Jamie Norris, who reveals plenty about what's gone into the most eagerly-anticipated RAF fast jet routine in years. Though "off-limits" for our recorded chat, Display Frequency was talked through the new display, and can report that it promises to be the Typhoon display we've all waited for!
Next, we move over to Coningsby's Aladdin's Cave, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight hangar, to meet new Officer Commanding BBMF Sqn Ldr Duncan Mason, as well as an in-depth look at the restoration of the Flight's newest toy - Spitfire XVI TE311.
Plus, the BBMF's Public Relations Officer Yvonne Masters explains how the latest social media trends are keeping the Flight in the public eye. A full show to see out 2012!
In this episode of Display Frequency, Dan O'Hagan is joined by UKAR reporter Peter Reoch to discuss the EAA Airventure show at Oshkosh, including an exclusive interview with Sea Harrier owner and operator Art Nalls, in which he makes an amazing revelation. There's also an in-depth look at the Great War Display Team with Robb Metcalfe, and your chance to win a copy of Keith Wilson's new book "The Red Arrows in Camera". Plus there's news of an exciting new way YOU can get involved in our top-rated podcast. UK Airshow Review's Display Frequency - Nobody does aviation better!
Thank you to everyone who entered our Red Arrows Book competition. Congratulations to our winners; Christine Williams, Andrew Jones and Mark Forbes.
Episode Four of Display Frequency is a RIAT special. The commentary team, including our own Dan O'Hagan, with Ben Dunnell and Spiv Gair present a programme previewing one of the most high-quality RIAT line-ups in years. The podcast features interviews with the Korean Black Eagles, as well as participants from Norway, Belgium and our own Royal Air Force, plus there's a special behind-the-scenes look at what happens on the days leading up to the show. Another unmissable, and totally FREE Display Frequency podcast!.
Display Frequency's third instalment is a bumper show, weighing in at over an hour - perfect for the Sunday morning drive to an airshow!
Andrew Panton gives us the latest news on the plans to return Avro Lancaster NX611 "Just Jane" to the skies, and we've an extensive preview of the unveiling of the new national memorial to Bomber Command. Aviation journalist Ben Dunnell tells us about his commentating trips to Scandinavia, and there's a special report from Cosford, getting the inside story on their best-received airshow in years.
There are previews of both Waddington and Yeovilton, and you can win a DVD or Blu-ray copy of "British Airshows 2011", courtesy of PlanesTV. Listen out for the question (and the answer!) in the podcast and use the form below to send in your entry before the deadline. One winner will be chosen at random from all the correct entries received.
The PlanesTV DVD competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to Andrew Morley, who was drawn as the winner.
Display Frequency's second episode features Dan O'Hagan's exclusive interview with Dr Robert Pleming of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, speaking at length about the twin engine failure suffered on 28th May and the implications this has on the Vulcan's short and long-term future. We also hear from Andre Tempest, owner of Victor XL231 at Elvington, and preview the shows at Cosford and Old Buckenham in June.
In addition to the two on-going competitions from Episode 1, we also have the chance for you to win two pairs of adult tickets to the RAF Cosford airshow in this, UKAR's biggest and best podcast yet!
RAF Cosford Ticket Competition is now closed. Our thanks to all who entered and congratulations to our winners, Martyn Nicholls and Jonathan Burroughs.
UKAR's new podcast takes off with a packed first programme. Dan O'Hagan talks to team owner Jez Hopkinson about the Yakovlevs team's upcoming trip to display in China, the Vampire Preservation Group's chief pilot Matt Hampton discusses a difficult twelve months for WZ507 and Esther Blaine from IWM Duxford previews the Jubilee Air Show and tells us about a busy summer in store.
Plus, you can win a family ticket for Duxford's September airshow by entering one of our two competitions. The other offers you the chance to win a copy of Peregrine Bush's 'UK Military Airfields Guide', a book we're calling the "enthusiast's bible", containing maps of every military airfield in Britain.
The Episode 1 competitions are now closed. Thank you to all who entered, and congratulations go to Richard Bryant, who takes the Duxford tickets, and also to Durran Hunt who was drawn as the winner for the airfield book.