Around the World

The global airshow scene is always vibrant and varied, and this year some important ‘firsts’ have been achieved. Here are some highlights


Famous warbirds make show debuts

Two legendary historic aircraft made their first public appearances at shows on different continents in July. In Russia, a newly restored Shturmovik impressed the crowds at the huge MAKS 2017 Airshow, while in the US the world’s third and most recent Mosquito restoration was undoubtedly the star attraction at Washington’s SkyFair.

De Havilland Mosquito T.III TV959 made its US airshow debut on July 22 at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armour Museum’s SkyF air. The aircraft is now resident at the Everett, Washingtonbased museum and represents NS838, a 605 Squadron FB.VI.
Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik ‘Red 19’ was among the highlights at the MAKS 2017 Airshow at Zhukovsky, near Moscow, in July. The World War Two-era ground attack aircraft was recovered from a lake near Murmansk in 2015 and made its first post-restoration flight on June 16. It is part of Vadim Zadorozhny’s collection.

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