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Aviation events this month: 5 you won’t want to miss

PUBLISHED: 16:02 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:02 10 May 2018

Duxford Air Festival 2017 (c) martin_vmorris, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Duxford Air Festival 2017 (c) martin_vmorris, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


Keep your diary clear, these aviation events will have your May sorted

The 14th Flying Man of Pocklington Festival at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park – May 11 – 13

This popular annual festival honours Thomas Pelling, a travelling daredevil who met his end when his stunt from the top of a local church went fatally wrong. As well as many other general activities, aviation enthusiasts will enjoy a gliding simulator, model airfield, a Bristol Hercules Mark III demo and the Pennine Region Balloon Association flying over the centre of Pocklington.

Individual events or activities in the festival may charge. Visit the link for full timings.

Midlands Air Festival at Ragley Hall – May 18 – 20

This new event near Alcester in Warwickshire will see all branches of aviation represented from a collection of 60 elaborately designed hot air balloons to aerobatics at night with the Nightfire event. There will be a number of trade stalls and exhibitors on the ground as well as a big screen showing the Royal Wedding!

Tickets cannot be purchased on the day and start at £27 for a day ticket.

Duxford Air Festival – May 26 – 27

Over the last May bank holiday weekend this action-packed festival will be showcasing its enormous list of aircraft in the skies above Cambridgeshire. If you would love to see a Spitfire, Chinook, Douglas C-47, Farner Werke or the Patrouille de France then book your tickets now.

Admission starts at £29.50 for adults while kids up to the age of 15 go free.

Lanc, Tank and Military Machines at Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre – May 26 and 28

This military weekend will be displaying many of the vehicles and aircraft that have played such an important role in protecting our country in modern conflicts. This will include live tank firing, a Lancaster taxi run, a Spitfire fly past and many trade stands to browse.

Admission is £12 for adults while kids are £4.

Cold War Jets Open Day at Bruntingthorpe Aviation – May 27

To help keep their Cold War jet collection in operable condition, this aviation centre and museum near Leicester hosts open days where the aircraft perform full-power taxi runs along their main runway. This makes for an incredible spectacle and one you will not often have the privilege of witnessing.

Gates typically open at 9am with tickets costing £20 for adults and under-16s free.


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