(updated Tuesday 21st September 2021)
There has been some positive news in the past week regarding international travel from the UK to the EU and now the USA. The dropping of the vast majority of the costs of PCR tests from the end of October combined with the acceptance of the double vaccination, means that we can at least have a go at pursuing our hobby abroad again.
There is of course still the risk of events being cancelled at short notice and travel rules changing at the last minute. Certainly your family and employment need to be taken into account before committing to any trips that I think are feasible and realistically going to happen. It’s a given that you’ll need to be vaccinated if you want to have a go at the below……
November US storage field bash in conjunction with the Davis-Monthan AFB open day. Also probably a couple of extra days to be tagged on to get to Seattle & Moses Lake. A lot of what has gone in storage won’t be coming back out the many storage yards and there will still be many MAX/777-9/KC-46 sitting around Seattle I think.
I will plan to do San Bernardino, Victorville, Mojave, Las Vegas, Kingmann, Goodyear, Marana, Tucson, AMARG, Roswell, Kelly Field, Kansas, Rantoul/Dodson, Bates City/Whites, Seattle, Renton, Paine, Everett, Moses Lake. As I’m giving large parts of each day over to a storage location, it will be up to us to get on with it so that we can hit other locations of which there will be many on that long route! Just doing the above storage areas is in theory 7,000 odd aircraft
I will also be keen on restarting the always popular Toulouse & Hamburg trips, probably in December once I have done Scotland and USA trips.
Aero Friedrichshafen – 27th to 30th April 2022
Tiger Meet/Araxos AB in Greece – May 2022
Next year, I will also run the EAA AirVenture/Oshkosh & Chicago trip that had been planned for this year. This will take in other aviation items in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois. From the EAA (Oshkosh organisers) themselves, they say “More than 10,000 aircraft arrived at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central Wisconsin. At Wittman alone, there were 16,378 aircraft operations in the 10-day period from July 22-31, which is an average of approximately 116 takeoffs/landings per hour when the airport is open.”
It was a busy one! Next year it is possible to do Fairford RIAT then Farnborough show and follow that up with Oshkosh. A mega July 2022…….with this trip comes the optional Indiana/Ohio extension to visit the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Dayton and the Grissom Air Museum at Grissom JARB.
If any of you are interested in any of these, then please register your interest and I will keep you informed about any plans around these. I think it is quite clear now that being double jabbed will be a requirement for relatively hassle free international travel, so please consider that before getting in touch.
Proposed tours being investigated currently and more details to follow. Please feel free to ask about any of these if interested and we will update you as to current progress
Los Angeles Super Bowl LVI & Nellis Red Flag 22-1 – Feb 2022
USAF 75th Anniversary celebrations – this might centre around Nellis Aviation Nation show in November as it did for the 70th anniversary in November 2017?