Make your way to Wickenby Airfield – 20th to 23rd September, 2012 – to see the ‘Chipfest’ in full swing. It’s a gathering of DHC-1 Chipmunks who come together to practice formation flying in these authentic RAF training aircraft. The cafe will be open every day so come along and watch this spectacle. See below for details of last year’s event.
Chipfest 2011 comes to Wickenby
An example of some of the formation flying to be seen at Chipfest 2011. Photo by Geoff Collins.
You will be forgiven for thinking that potatoes are on the menu at Wickenby for ‘Chipfest 2011′. But between 15th and 18th September Wickenby Airfield will host a large gathering of DHC-1 Chipmunk aircraft from around the country.
‘Chipfest’ is an annual gathering of Chipmunks, their owners and instructors for the purpose of teaching skills such as formation flying and aerobatics.
The 2010 event at Cambridge saw ten chipmunks gather together for a practise of formation flying, and in 2009 fifteen aircraft attended. This year the organisers hope for similar numbers.
On Thursday the aircraft will arrive, Friday will provide all with an opportunity to practise the art of formation flying before a mass formation sortie is held on Saturday, and departures on Sunday.
Some of the chipmunks on show at Chipfest 2010 at Cambridge.
Wickenby look forward to welcoming all the aircraft and owners, and hope the weather is favorable for this event.
Be sure to watch the skies over Lincolnshire for this unique sight! It will be one of the largest formations of a single aircraft type – only to be matched by the Scampton based Red Arrows.
To find out more visit the Chipfest website, or visit Geoff Collin’s photographs of the 2010 event on Flickr.
On Saturday 16th June from 6.30pm, Wickenby Aerodrome will host a ‘Fun of the 40s’ charity dinner and dance in aid of the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance and The RAF Association, which provides welfare to current and former members of the Royal Air Force and their families.
‘Fun of the 40s’ will provide a fantastic atmosphere that rivals the post-war victory parties. The authentic 1940s marquee is a great backdrop for the live swing band and disco playing songs of the 1940s, and the perfect excuse to don vintage Military uniform or tea dresses to do the Lindy Hop on the dance floor.
Ticket prices include a hot carvery buffet followed by strawberries and cream and there’s a bar serving drinks all evening. Breath-taking aerial displays will entertain with aerobatics from Gerald Cooper in the Sbach 300 and the Twister Duo whose wingtips sparkle during their sunset disply.
To book your tickets to Wickenby Wings and Wheels or our ‘Fun of the Forties’ Swing Dance visit our Air Show Website.
Have you ever fancied becoming a wing walker like the 1930s barnstormers? Wickenby Airshow, in Lincolnshire, is offering the unique opportunity to train with Aerobatic Tactics’ experienced air display team on their Stearman Biplane during Wickenby Wings and Wheels weekend.
The experience includes a full safety brief and walk through the practice display. Once airborne you will take part in a 10 minute display practice in front of your friends and family including fly pasts at various angles of bank and finish with a zoom climb from 135 mph. After landing you will receive a certificate confirming you are a trained wing walker.
To register your interest or perhaps to surprise your dad for father’s day, submit an enquiry form via the Aerobatic Tactic Website quoting reference WWW to receive further details and costs.
Please note Wing Riders must be under 12 stone (77kg) and sign a fitness declaration.
Look forward to seeing you daredevils at our air show – 16th & 17th June, 2012.
Wickenby Airshow in Lincolnshire, has a huge line up of excellent flying acts this year with aircraft from the turn of the century Airco DH2 right up to today’s premiere RAF display team – the Red Arrows!
It was 70 years ago that RAF Wickenby was built and to celebrate we are pulling out all the stops with our flying programme which will take place between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of June.
Not only do we have some of the best aircraft on display but we also have world champion competition pilots and the best of Europe’s aerobatic pilots displaying in the very latest high performance unlimited aerobatic aircraft.
AIRSHOW SATURDAY (subject to change)
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Hurricane
Blades Aerobatic Team
RAF Red Arrows
SWIP Twister Duo
WW1 Airco DH2
SBACH 342 / 300 Aerobatics
AIRSHOW SUNDAY (subject to change)
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Dakota
Dennis Neville’s Flying Circus
Red Bull Matadors (SBACH 300)
Vulcan XH558 (to be confirmed)
SBACH 342 / 300
Wickenby Airfield is located eight miles north east of the City of Lincoln. For exact directions please visit our website. If you wish to fly in to our airshow then visit our Airshow Notams page for all the latest information about display times and joining procedures.