British Aviation Enthusiasts Society

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Don't just dream about it!

Come with us to Air Shows, Museums and Military Bases all over the World. Our trips to the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries may offer opportunities to experience flights in unique and rare aircraft types at reasonable prices and often includes air to air photographic opportunities with other aircraft. Check out the trip reports on our website (www.baes.org.uk). This non-profit making Society's purpose is to enable aviation enthusiasts to enjoy the large variety of aviation facilities and activities that exist around the world.


PROVIDING TOURS FOR THE AVIATION ENTHUSIAST FOCUSED ON HIGH STANDARDS AND VALUE FOR MONEY
Every effort is made to ensure that the information displayed is accurate. Travel arrangements should not be made solely on the basis of information given here.

Welcome to the
British Aviation Enthusiasts Society internet site.

Patron Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork,
MBE, BA, FRAes, RAF Retd.

Want to see, photograph or fly in exotic aircraft? We arrange aviation tours and holidays, visiting airports, aircraft museums, military aircraft establishments and air shows worldwide, with an emphasis on aviation photography. Membership of the Society is open to any aviation enthusiast from any country who wishes to join and support the aims of the Society. The Society's tours and visits are organised in co-operation with bonded travel agents, and designed to satisfy the aviation enthusiast's aspirations. The Society is generally able to achieve much more as a group than individuals could travelling on their own, and draws on a wealth of contacts throughout the world.

BAES Statistics -
In the last ten years BAES groups have visited 40 different countries (21 European, and 19 others, including 32 US States, and 9 Canadian Provinces).
In the same period BAES members have flown in 252 different aircraft types (193 excluding airliners). One member has flown in 125 types whilst on BAES tours.

The BRITISH AVIATION ENTHUSIASTS SOCIETY
28a Frogmore Lane, Lovedean
Waterlooville, Hants. P08 9QL
Tel:0044(0)2392 598000
Email: mail@baes.org.uk

AIMS
The Society's aim is to give members the opportunity to -
a) Visit aviation facilities worldwide (airports, airfields, air forces, museums and collections)
b) Introduce members to owners or operators of aircraft to enable them to experience flights in those aircraft (see Constitution)
c) Experience and photograph different types of aircraft
d) Record aircraft types and details for future reference
e) Photograph and record details of historic aviation buildings
f) Make lasting friendships
g) Arrange an annual aviation event where members can socialise
h) Keep members informed of proposed aviation visits
i) Provide an experienced tour escort on any arranged visits

Membership to the Society is open to any aviation enthusiast from any country who wishes to join and support the aims of the Society.

ENCOURAGING LASTING FRIENDSHIPS FOR THE BENEFIT OF AVIATION ENTHUSIASTS

Membership of BAES is a requirement for
travel on a Society organised tour.
To view or print a membership form click
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Providing Tours For The Aviation Enthusiast Focused On High Standards And Value For Money

PROPOSED TOURS

Click below for the list of tours.
All tours are offered on a first come first served basis.
If you are interested contact Tel:0044(0)2392 598000

FULL TOURS always have an English speaking guide who is also a Society Member, understands what members want to achieve, and has been fully briefed on the arrangements booked.

MEMBERS' SMALL GROUP TRIPS(those with stars) are a co-operative venture by those going along, with one member taking the lead. Small group trips are normally dependent on at least one member volunteering to be a driver when a hire car is required. A planned route and proposed itinerary are provided, along with transport and accommodation arrangements.

If you are interested in any of the listed tours or trips, have any questions or need information regarding tours please do not hesitate to contact BAES where we will do our utmost to assist you. Tel:0044(0)2392 598000

For those of you who might wonder if members really have a good time with our tours here are some comments from the members.

2016

Sweden and Austrian Airshows 2016
Terry Swait -
Excellent trip, great and value for money.

Italy Reunion 2016
Mark Salters -
A great tour including some fascinating museums, some of which I did not know about, as well as a chance to do some sightseeing; as always we got even more than was advertised , and the trip to San Marino was an excellent addition to the itinerary. It was also great to meet up with some familiar faces from previous trips. Maybe a little more time could have been spent at the Italian Airforce Museum.
Dave Smith -
A great weekend as usual thanks to Alan and George.
Ray Draper -
Excellent trip despite some exhibits missing. Great to have seen so much of Italy not previously visited.
Dave Woodall -
We completed a lot in the 10 days I participated in the tour, including items i.e. Anzio that were not in the itinerary. The mix between aviation content and general tourism was exactly what I wanted.
Geoff Monohan -
Tour excellent as I could not have asked for better arrangements. the guides were all good and great value for money. The issue of bicycles would improve the trip (Ha! HA!).

Texas 2016
Barry Scott -
Travelling within a group opens up possibilities not necessarily available to individuals. We achieved all that was expected plus thanks to Alan an exceptional afternoon flying in the Mi14 Hinds. Would definitely recommend BAES to others.
Terry Swait -
Alan was above and beyond my expectations and I can not wait until my next trip Great value for money and would recommend BAES to others.
Mark Salter -
As always another great trip, it delivered everything as advertised and more. Once again Alan managed to arrange some unique flying opportunities and the chance for some air to air photography. Considering everything was included the price was very reasonable.

2015

EUSA 2015
Terry Allen -
A very good trip which I believe everyone got something out of it. Thanks to Alan, Graham and Sandy.

Tiger Meet 2015
Colin Spooner -
This, my first BAES trip, was very well organized, extremely enjoyable and in good company.

Reunion - King's Lynn
Ray Draper -
Excellent weekend, the trip managed to combine visits to a lot of places I had long wished to see; the Lanc ride was the icing on another tasty cake and we got lunch!.
Colin Burgess -
This is to say thanks to you for arranging such a great Reunion. Everything went really well and a great time was had….. Kath really enjoyed herself and is definitely coming to Italy next year!
Keith Fairbrass -
I was very satisfied with all arrangements for Reunion - it was a busy and interesting weekend, comfortable Hotel and above all an opportunity to catch up with old friends and fellow enthusiasts, so thank you all for organising and carrying out the programme.

2014

Texas
Keith Fairbrass -
Good variety of venues visited,meeting my expectations. This trip was great value for money could nay be improved by more time at dinner for dessert (group joke).
Sandy Mc Caskie -
The content was generally good, the only issue was the number of base visits that didn’t get approval - through no fault of BAES. I hadn’t expected many of the base visits to go ahead, so this didn’t affect expectations.
Could perhaps have done with more time in Phoenix area where days were a little rushed, with maybe a little less in Dallas where at times things were a little slack.

Berlin
Sandy Mc Caskie -
The extended reunion trip allowed amore to be done at an easier pace than the usual reunion weekend, another excellent trip.
Ray Draper -
The aviation/non aviation balance was fine for me, an excellent trip.
Simon Spencer -
First class and comfortable, difficult to improve on the tour content.
Robert Lundie -
Excellent trip with good guides that certainly met my expectations.
David Woodall -
Tour itinerary to a very high standard throughout, the whole tour was enjoyable and difficult to improve on.
Arnold Garside -
Expectations exceeded with a much improved ILA, lots of room on the coach and very good sight seeing tour of Berlin with the stop at Templehof airport very good.
Terry Swait -
First class trip with great aircraft, thanks to Alan and George.

2013

Poland
Bob Ruffle -
Was initially surprised to find the trip going with only five members. The guide did as well as he could and we had a good trip although the transport arrangements could have been better.

MAKS
Geoff Monahan -
Very good tour meeting all my expectations (not bad for an 80 year old). It could not have been improved except for tea making facilities in the Moscow hotel!
Ken Duffey -
Great content, great food, great company, fully up to expectations – and exceeded in some cases, Alans bare legs were frightening! We should plan to go to MAKS earlier – on ‘trade’ days rather than the Friday.
Terry Swait -
A very good trip with excellent content meeting all my expectations.

Oshkosh and Dayton
Sandy McCaskie -
High standard as usual Dean did us proud with some very interesting visits organised - we were well looked after by Dean and his friends. As usual I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, thanks to all involved for organising another great trip.
Clive Collins -
An other excellent trip. A big thanks you to Dean and all who planned the trip.

Hungary
Stuart Greer -
A good trip especially after the late organisation, with a couple of disappointments out of BAES's control.

Austria, Macedonia & Croatia
Terry Allen -
Excellent trip overall except the bed, it was the narrowest one I had ever slept in! It was a well organised trip with a friendly group.
Graham Spicer -
As good as I had hoped for; Alan did his best to ensure we had a great social calendar also. Unfortunately we need more hours in the day!.

Reunion
Simon Spencer -
Thank you so much for organising such a good and enjoyable week end at Yeovilton. Really good and hope the Sea Fury chase can go ahead sometime soon.

2012

Moscow
David Allen -
Heard about this from a friend so it was my first BAES trip. Well planned and executed, with appreciated adaptability due to the late changing circumstances, 4 days of wall to wall aviation, meals and sleep an excellent trip.
Bob Ruffle -
The trip was better than anticipated, Alan was amazingly mellow (in his old age!).
Pete Davison -
Good value for money thanks to an amazing event. The opportunity to be south side for the flying would be good.
David Myers -
For my first BAES trip it was amazing, expectations more than met. Tour guide (Alan) was enthusiastic, informative and superb. The experience of a lifetime. I will be recommending BAES to others. A great trip well done and thank you.

Scandinavia
Jim Proops -
Very good trip but too short, extra day in Denmark and Copenhagen would have been appreciated. Specially enjoyed underground museum in Copenhagen. Thanks to Pete Langsdale for his efforts throughout.

Finland
Richard Ness -
Too many miles for very few planes. The air show content was poor, thankfully the press pass made the event better but the in my opinion its not worth visiting.

Olympic
Steve Simms -
The trip more than met my expectations - I flew in more aircraft than I expected to. I particularly enjoyed the private visits we had.
Mike Green -
My fourth trip to Olympic in five years. There's a problem, there is no category higher than Excellent, you keep pulling gems out of the hat!
Colin Burgess -
Expectations were exceeded by quite a margin, museums and aircraft were fantastic. Alan's dedication and tireless efforts made the trip the outstanding success it was.
Arnold Garside -
Excellent variety of locations, sights, tourism, aircraft and Flying!
Barry Scott -
Probably the best flying trip to date, this is going to be a hard act to follow, Alan’s organisational skills and patience never fail to impress!
Garry LeSueur -
Still can't quite believe what you were able to deliver on the flying front during the above tour, Alan! It was a quite extraordinary trip. Many thanks.
Nick Nicholson -
Thank you for a fantastic trip which I enjoyed immensely. Could not believe how smoothly everything went with such a demanding itinerary. I flew in 16 new types something of a record for me on a single trip and such amazing ones. Once again a big thank you to you and Deryn.
Mark Salter -
It was one of the best trips ever for flying, both for quality and quantity and a real bonus to get so many opportunities for air to air photography. I know that you and Deryn put in a great deal of work to organise everything and to make it run so smoothly, it was very much appreciated. Thank you for a really fantastic trip.

New Zealand
Geoff Monahan -
The Spitfire flight alone made what was an excellent trip a magic one. George and Barbara could not have made the trip a more enjoyable and value for money trip. Thanks for the excellent planning. MAGIC.

2011

Oshkosh
Sandy McCaskie -
Thoroughly enjoyed the trip, Thunder Over Michigan a VG show, Oshkosh plenty to see, Richard was a good guide who helped contribute to a very enjoyable trip.
Clive Collins -
Very Good trip meeting my expectations and good VFM.

NW USA
Mike Green -
Another excellent trip to Washington State, flying opportunities nearly every day with yet more new types. I've flown in both Detroiters at Port Townsend, what could be better - the Fairchild 71- you've got to try them for yourself. Looking forward to flying in John Sessions other aircraft next year!

Turkey
Stephen Williams -
Good trip although a bit expensive for Europe it was still value for money. More time in Ankara and Istanbul would have been appreciated.

Dave Woodall -
All advertised items where covered plus visits to 2 addition museums. Regarding ways of improving the tour the only 2 things I could think of are, making it cooler in Ezmir (it was really hot) and preventing the sun moving to the far side of the runway in the afternoon of the air show (we were trying to photograph into the sun) but I think both these are likely to be outside the remit of the committee!

Reunion
Ray Draper -
My first attendance at the reunion, what an excellent weekend good value and we had access to areas not normally open to the public. I will recommend BAES to my friends.
Pete Langsdale -
Excellent weekend and great value for money.
Dave Potter -
An excellent balanced trip meeting all my expectations - should have been longer.

Pensacola & USN 100
Jim Proops -
Very good trip, better breakfasts would be appreciated.
Ed Mason -
Good trip but was disappointed the two advertised base visits were cancelled.

Sun'n'Fun
Arnold Garside -
Overall, despite some disappointments, I'd say that the Sun 'n' Fun Trip was typically BAES, i.e. not everything went to plan but other (and perhaps better) opportunities turned up to make up for those lost for whatever reason.
Paul Hodges -
Excellent trip with good value for money.
Barry Scott -
Being that I was only doing part of the trip it was much to my liking.
Mark Salter -
A great mix of flying, museums and airshows. I flew in nearly all the aircraft I had expected to plus some additional ones so I was very happy. The price of the tour was very reasonable.

Australia
Pete Townsend -
Another excellent trip, I cannot think of anyway to improve the BAES trip to Australia unless Alan finds more people to fly with. With everyone Alan knows in OZ you cannot ask for better arrangements and content. Only one suggestion comes to mind, we need some sort of drug to slow Alan down, his energy holds no bounds and I feel drained as he goes searching for his contacts/flights. His commitment to the group makes the trip so much more enjoyable.

Geoff Monahan -
Thanks for another well organised trip, the work is appreciated. I managed 9 new types!.

2010

China
Ken Duffey -
Thanks to all - for the great companionship on the trip - and to Alan & George for organising it. Special thanks to Paul for his perseverance at the Shanghai Aviation Enthusiasts Centre - if it hadn't been for his insistence on seeing someone 'in authority', we wouldn't have got in.... I must say that the China trip was the best I have ever been on - the company was great (we all got on famously), the food was awesome, the sights were terrific (climbed the Great Wall and got the tee shirt), the people were ultra friendly and the museums and airshow were superb.
Arnold Garside -
Good mix of aviation and tourism, local drivers and guides excellent. China has to be seen to be believed. Great trip.

New York State and CWH
John Sheraton -
Very good trip even though some aircraft at CWH not available and base visits cancelled both out of BAES control. Using a car made for better flexibility. Alan was an extremely knowledgeable guide. Will recommend BAES to other enthusiasts.

Sweden
Dave Bowers -
A very good weekend with a pleasant leader and group of chaps. Special thanks to Peter Langsdale for his assistance.

Emmen
Paul Chapman -
Very good trip well organised with excellent accommodation. More short duration trips like this are welcome to members who have limited leave availability.

Hungary
Terry Allen -
Although an excellent and thoroughly enjoyable tour, a full day watching the arrivals would have made it perfect. Very friendly group of people at one of the best airshows ever, I will be recommending it to all my friends. My thanks to all for making this tour happen.
Roger Bartley -
many thanks for organising an great weekend to a brilliant airshow. As usual a well organised trip.
Reg Warren -
good weekend airshow trip well led by Graham, good idea to leave the show early on Sunday to beat the crowds after a full day on Saturday.
Graham Spicer -
Much better than hoped for trip, content, price and company excellent. Could only be bettered by cheap beer!
Dave Bowers -
Good tour content with excellent hotels well positioned. Could do with more time on arrivals day and not leaving early on Sunday.

Albania
Lee Marsh -
Very well organised trip, Haxhi and John could not have been better. I would recommend BAES to others as good value for money.
Jason French -
Good value trip well led, a very good trip. Will go with BAES again and recommend them.
Stuart Greer -
Excellent good value trip meeting my expectations, with an excellent tour guide. Will recommend BAES tours to my friends.
Unnamed -
Many thanks for a fantastic trip, it was a real pleasure. Good value trip, it was everything that was expected. We did not get into the cavern at Kucove which was a shame but it was a military trip and we were in their hands.

Eire
Arnold Garside -
Good Value for Money although expectations not met due to the airshow cancellations however still a good tour thanks to Alan changing the tour content at short notice.
Reg Warren -
Very good trip even though the airshows were cancelled after booking.

Chino
Ray Draper -
Very good tour, pity no base visits but I understand why not,. Few problems with hotels but sorted out by Paul. I appreciated the ease with which my trip was organised by yourselves thank you.
Ed Mason -
Very good trip would have liked some base visits but out of your hands. Good accommodation and transportation. Good value trip.
Ken Otani -
Thank you very much for BAES doing me such a great favour for Chino and California Tour.
Werner Banninger -
Chino was a good BAES trip with an excellent guide in Paul Hodges. Good VFM and well recommended to other enthusiasts.

Reunion
Geordie Nairn -
Just a line or two to say thanks for a great weekend during the recent BAES reunion. The hard work that went into organising it was much appreciated. All the best.
Peter Hall -
I would just like to say a very big thankyou for a quite superb weekend in Germany. I had a great time. All the visits were very good and intresting. The hotel was top quality and with excellent food.
Colin Burgess -
Just a quick note to say any, many thanks to you and Deryn for a great Reunion. The museums were excellent, the bus drivers, real characters and the banter was great.

Sun n Fun
Clive Collins -
On the whole I was satisfied with the way it went, my only negative comment would be about....the wasted day travelling all the way across to Jacksonville for nothing. With regards to Terry's running of the trip it could not have been better...

Morocco
Paul R -
Very good trip achieving what was advertised and more. Escort catered for needs of photographers and spotters well. Will recommend BAES to others. Well done Alan good trip.
Stephen Brennan -
A good trip with the day touring Casablanca and Rabat. Only two days are needed at the show. Good quality trip value for money.
Peter Davison -
A good trip although could have been better if permissions from the Chief of Staff had been arranged to see aircraft in the base (and other bases). Would have been good to be there for the opening day.
Roy Crew -
Thanks also for the trip organisation, it was all I had hoped for.....Good variety of aircraft, loads of sunshine and a little bit of sightseeing.
Dave Bowers -
Very Good Tour, base tours would be good for another time. Well done Alan and Paul, I enjoyed every minute.

2009

Malaysia trip
Bert Stil -
Basic itinerary looked very good, air show and base visits with a museum and touristy things thrown in. Visits were far shorter than planned and problems taking photographs. The tour content was excellent and the majority of hotels were very good, I will do more military trips with BAES especially photographic tours.
Ian French -
While the tour was good, I was expecting more photo access. John did however have problems making contact with the RMAF Liaison Officer. There did not seem to be any back up plan if things went wrong (as they did). I enjoyed the tour and will book with BAES again.
Simon Grigor -
Difficulties with photographs at bases, as with all military trips there is a 'risk', John tried his best to rescue the situation. He put in extra visits not on the itinerary - excellent. Unfortunately not up to the usual BAES standard.
Les Bushell -
Appears to be a lot of confusion re photographing aircraft on the bases. Couldn't fault the coaches, coach captain, and guides. Overall - I enjoyed myself; the trip was well planned - even though it didn't go off as planned. I would go on another trip.
Stephen Brennan
This trip was below the normal BAES standard I am used to, it did not appear to be well coordinated with the RMAF.

Serbia trip
David Bowers -
A good trip although the display line was a long way from the crowd; however perhaps future trips here should have extra time to attend the rehearsals day and base visits if possible.

Serbia and Poland
BAES Member -
Both trips were good but time for sight seeing would have been welcomed.

Look What You Missed!

It is the society's intention to regularly add reviews of BAES organised trips to give a real impression of the fun and excitement our members enjoy travelling together. You will find links to reports of recent trips below, most of which include photos taken by members on those trips. Older trip reports can be accessed by using the Archive button.

       Reno 16

   EAGLE 2016   

       Reunion 16

      EUSA 2015   

    Oz & LIMA 15

      Swiss 2014   

     Yeovil 2013

MAKS & China

     Oshkosh 13

    Austria+ 13  

     Moscow 12

    Olympic 12  

     Scandinavia

     Sweden & Austria

  ElCentro 2016   

     5 States 2016

      Tiger 2015   

     Reunion 2015

      Texas 2014   

     Reunion 2014

   Poland 2013   

     Hungary 2013

   Reunion 2013  

     China 2012

   Finland 2012  

  NewZealand 2012

This page contains links to internet sites for places on the BAES Report list
or that we have close links with.







British Aviation Enthusiasts Society

Current Committee members are listed below with their email addresses. Any questions about tours or the Society, or suggestion for this site can be submitted to mail@baes.org.uk or write to the address on the 'BAES Aims' page.

Photo CDs and Year Albums

Photo CDs are available for many BAES trips each containing photos in original condition supplied to us by members, and are offered for personal use only - not for publication without specific permission obtained through this Society. Any enquiries should be addressed to photos@baes.org.uk.