I have been lucky enough to have attended twelve different events in the UK this year including several new venues for me and have also seen hundreds of different aircraft perform. I feel there have been some displays worthy of recognition and have thus categorized what I consider the best performances of the 2014 season.
The Best Display by a British Military Aircraft goes to the Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 for its display of raw power and noise at the RAFA Shoreham Airshow.
The Best Display by a Foreign Military Aircraft goes to the Polish Air Force’s pair of Sukhoi Su-22M4 ‘Fitter’ strike aircraft which made their UK flying display debut with a very noisy demonstration at the Royal International Air Tattoo
The Best Display by a Military Aerobatic Team goes to the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows in their 50th Anniversary year who put on a stunning rolling display at the Biggin Hill Festival of Flight.
The Best Display by a Civilian Aerobatic Team goes to the Breitling Jet Team who put on a fantastically choreographed performance at the Royal International Air Tattoo.
The Best Display by a Classic Jet goes to the Midair Squadron’s English Electric Canberra PR.9 for its amazing display at the Abingdon Air & Country Show where it made its first of many appearances during the 2014 season.
The Best Display by a Rotary Aircraft was the impressive Boeing Chinook HC.2 of the Royal Air Force which displayed an incredible routine at the Royal International Air Tattoo.
The Best Display by a Warbird goes to the Shuttleworth Collection’s Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk. IB for the great performance at its home airfield during the Shuttleworth Race Day Airshow.
The Best Display by an Aerobatic Aircraft goes to the unique and unorthodox duet by Chris Burkett’s Extra EA-300S and Mike Williams flying a scale model of an Extra EA-300 at the RAFA Shoreham Airshow.
The Best Role Demo or Set Piece at an Airshow goes to the D-Day Scenario at the RAFA Shoreham Airshow which featured a variety of warbirds that represented types used during the D-Day Landings.
The Best Formation at an Airshow goes to the formation celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Red Arrows at the Royal International Air Tattoo which had the team leading the team leaders of the Breitling Jet Team, the Il Frecce Tricolori, the Patrouille de France and the Patrouille Suisse.
The Best Static Aircraft on Display goes to the Hellenic Air Force’s Ling-Temco-Vought A-7E Corsair II making its final appearance outside of Greece at the Royal International Air Tattoo before the type is retired.
The Best Painted Aircraft on Display was the Austrian Air Force’s SAAB 105ÖE at the Royal International Air Tattoo. The jet trainer wore a special ‘Tiger’ scheme to commemorate the type’s 40th years in Austrian service.
But all in all, the Best Overall Display of the Year goes to The Red Arrows with their performance in the early evening at the Biggin Hill Festival of Flight as part of their 50th Anniversary.
And finally I feel that the best airshow of the 2014 season was the Royal International Air Tattoo which featured a much more varied and numerous static display than in previous years as well as a great gathering of display teams and military fast jets during the flying displays
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