With support from Gulf Aviation, a range of iconic WWI aircraft performed mid-air dogfights for their final show of 2018
The Bremont Great War Display Team signed off for 2018 with a stunning show at Cheltenham Racecourse as their collection of iconic British and German fighter planes took to the skies.
Watched by thousands of spectators, the planes twisted and turned in mid-air just as they would have done above the Great War trenches 100 years ago, performing some breathtaking stunts including spiral dives, head on passes and close formation flying.
National aviation fuel supplier, Gulf Aviation, has been providing the Great War Display Team with smoke and engine oils since 2016 and again supported the team’s display at Cheltenham, which signed off one of its busiest ever years.
The team have been flying since 1988 and celebrated their 30th anniversary this year, with Gordon Brander taking up the role of Team Leader in 2010. He said: “With the 100-year anniversary since the WWI Armistice this year, we’ve flown our aircraft more than ever before – a total of 43 events across the UK and France.
It’s been fantastic to put these planes on display for thousands of people. They’re an important part of our history and heritage so we think it’s really important to preserve them and make sure they’re never forgotten.
On behalf of myself and the whole team, we’re hugely grateful to supporters like Gulf Aviation who make it possible for us to keep these planes in the air for all to see. We’ve got some really exciting plans to keep them in the public eye in 2019, but we’re looking forward to a nice break over Christmas before then!”
The Bremont Great War Display Team have ten aircraft in total, which regularly fly together and wow crowds at airshows across the UK and overseas.
Among the aircraft on show are Britain’s first ever military planes – a BE2c; two German Fokkers, a very rare British Sopwith Triplane; a pair of SE5as and the Avro 504.
Ian Stanley, Supply and Logistics Assistant at Gulf Aviation, said: “It’s genuinely been a privilege for me and everyone at Gulf Aviation to have supported Gordon and the team on their journey.
Just like these planes, the Gulf brand itself is steeped in history and recognisable to millions of people all over the world and that’s why this partnership made absolute sense to us.
We’re immensely proud to think that each and every time the pilots’ aircraft takes to the sky, Gulf Aviation is right there alongside them.
The team clearly has no intention of slowing down any time soon, and we’ve got every intention of keeping up with them next year too.”