The Salzburg-based Flying Bulls collection, sponsored by energy drink giant Red Bull, has brought its 1957-vintage Bristol Sycamore Mk52 to the UK this summer as part of celebrations marking the RAF’s centenary.
The aircraft, which served with the West German military before passing into civilian hands, has been part of the Flying Bulls’ collection since 2010. It was returned to airworthiness in 2013, registered OE-XSY, and has been appearing at airshows since 2016. However, this is its first visit to the UK since it was manufactured by Bristol.
In the hands of Siegfried ‘Blacky’ Schwarz, the Flying Bulls’ chief helicopter pilot, the RAF-marked aircraft made its debut at the RAF Cosford Air Show (pictured) on 10 June. After that it flew to The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare, where it will stay until its next scheduled flying appearance at the RNAS Yeovilton Air Day on Saturday 7 July. The following weekend the Sycamore will form part of the static display at the Royal International Air Tattoo, after which it will take part in the flying programme at the Farnborough International Air Show.
More in the news section of the August issue of Aeroplane.