What to expect…
In addition to the varied aircraft types for you to inspect in our static park, there will also be display flying to enjoy.
After browsing the static aircraft park on the ground, why not check-in with Scillonia Airways or Phoenix Helicopters for the chance to see the sights from above. Details are included in the Pleasure Flight section of this website.
During the day there will be music and singing on the main stage from
Champagne at the Blitz
Entertainment for you throughout the Festival of Flight.
Fantastic vocal techniques with costumes to match the mood, famous wartime songs plus 50’s and 60’s..
Guarantee to get you in the mood!!
The Military Wives Choir
By coming together to sing, each choir creates a valuable support network for women in the military community. Choir members can help one another through the tough times, celebrate the good times and sing through it all together! We are delighted to have the famous Military Wives Choir join us to celebrate the Airport’s 75th Anniversary.
The Rock Choir
Record-breaking Rock Choir was the first amateur contemporary choir in the UK, leading the way for the singing public. The Blackbushe Festival of Flight weekend is delighted to welcome them to our stage!!
And sounds of a different kind…
Static running demonstrations of two famous aero engines throughout the weekend… Listen to the music of the Rolls Royce Merlin that powered the Spitfire, Hurricane , Lancaster and Mosquito. Also the round radial sounds of the mighty Bristol Hercules engine, famous for powering many aircraft from the Halifax bomber to civil airliners like the Vickers Viking that was so much a part of Blackbushe in her airline years.
The Exhibition area includes various trade stands and displays including live running demonstrations of the Spitfire’s engine, the RR Merlin plus a Bristol Centaurus, famous for powering WW2 bombers and many post war airliners.
All this plus an excellent variety of food and drink suppliers that are bound to please all tastes!
Bristol Hercules 216. Previously installed on a Handley Page HP-67 Hastings transport aeroplane, but is a similar version (single stage, two speed supercharged) to that used on the Avro Lancaster MkII.
Roll Royce Merlin
Rolls Royce Merlin Mk 500/29, manufactured as a Mk22 Lancaster engine in the summer of 1943. In 1945 it was upgraded to T24-2 for use on an Avro York, before being upgraded in 1950 to a 500/29 for use on a Casa 2-111 bomber. A survivor of the war and post war use.