A trio of aircraft to grace the Scampton skies!
Published: 10 May 2017
More aircraft has been added to the line-up at this year's brand new aviation spectacular - Scampton Airshow!
The latest additions to the flying display will complement to the unique mix of modern military jets, historic warbirds, civilian display acts and the RAF's world famous parachute team, all joining the Red Arrows performing at their home base.
Adding some muscle to the already meaty line-up, we have the Muscle Biplane! Be prepared to marvel at the aerobatic display of this Pitts Special, originally designed by Curtis Pitts and first flown in 1945. The Muscle Biplane, G-EWIZ is a Pitts S2S, one of only 30 aircraft ever built. With top speeds of 200 mph, its pilot, Rich Goodwin, will be feeling the strain as he pulls up to plus six and minus 5 'G' in his dynamic flying routine.
Richard is passionate about building and flying Biplanes and G-EWIZ has been modified specifically for aerial entertainment at air shows. 'I'm delighted to be performing at RAF Scampton's first airshow. It is a return visit to the airfield for me, as I visited in 2015 to do a display for the RAF aerobatic display team, The Red Arrows; which was a huge honour and I'm delighted to be here again.
I'm passionate about airshows and how it encourages and inspires our younger generation into aviation and STEM. With my experience in engineering and as a former RAF Tornado pilot,I enjoy pushing aviation boundaries and modifying G-EWIZ to be the ultimate aerobatic biplane, a Pitts Special'
Airshow Director Paul Sall is a huge fan of the display 'Rich Goodwin's muscle Bi-Plane has an evocative paint scheme and provides one of the best and most dramatic flying displays on the circuit. This is guaranteed to be an exhilarating aerial display!'
Next we have the Skyraider, a single seat attack aircraft in use from the 1940s through to the 1980s. It is a large, piston powered aircraft that often operated from aircraft carriers and was successfully used by the US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Air Force, Royal Navy and other operators.
This massive warbird is typically a veteran of the Vietnam War, but this particular aircraft, owned and operated by Kennet Aviation, was in use with the French Air Force from 1960. The aircraft then operated with the Gabon Air Force in Africa, before being retired in 1985 and passing into civilian hands. It will demonstrate its raw power and handling in the skies above Scampton in September.
Finally, the RotorSport Calidus, a tandem two-seat aircraft, designed in Germany 3 years ago, will showcase its amazing manoeuvrability from this rarely seen aircraft type. This unique machine, part helicopter, part light aircraft, is sure to put on quite the show. The display is flown by Peter Davies, who has over 2,500 hours flying gyrocopters and holds many achievements and records in a variety of aircraft.
Scampton Airshow tickets can only be purchased in advance at www.scamptonairshow.com. Tickets are priced at £39 with all under 16s able to enjoy the airshow free when accompanied by an adult ticket-holder.
The Scampton Airshow, staged in aid of the RAF Charitable Trust, will be held at RAF Scampton - the Lincolnshire home of the Red Arrows - from September 9-10. The diverse, family-friendly event will encompass an impressive five-hour flying display, complemented by an array of entertainment on the ground, from a nostalgic Vintage Village through to interactive and engaging STEM exhibits in the Techno Zone.