Armageddon Airshows


To provide a display of classic aerobatics which will entertain, excite and educate the spectators at an affordable cost to the organiser of an event.

Pilot background

1954 present date

Barry Tempest

  • Is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Historic Aircraft Association along with the British Aerobatic Association.
  • Has over 13,000 hours of flying experience in some 350 types and variants of light aircraft including over 8,000 hours instructing.
  • Started display flying in 1958 and has over 2,300 public airshow performances in the UK and many other countries including France, Germany and the USA.
  • Was a founder member of the Barnstormers Flying Circus in 1963 and, in 1971, flew with the famed Rothmans Aerobatic Team in Stampe biplanes.
  • Has won numerous aerobatic competitions and display awards in the UK.
  • His career in aviation included the role of Chief Flying Instructor at a number of UK Flying Schools, training commercial pilots and flying instructors, air taxi work throughout Europe plus ferrying aircraft to the Middle East. From 1984 to 1997, as a Flight Standards Officer in the UK Civil Aviation Authority, his responsibilities included the regulation and oversight of all civil Air Displays in the UK.
  • Was a Flying Instructor Examiner for some 28 years and is a CAA appointed Display Authorisation Evaluator covering a wide range of aircraft.
  • He is 66 years old, married with two grown-up children, and lives at Kings Cliffe near Peterborough.


Steen SKYBOLT biplane G-KEST

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  • Homebuilt in the USA in 1979 and imported into the UK in the early 1980s. A total rebuild was completed during the period 1993 to 1997 by a small group of keen aviation enthusiasts in the Leicester area. The aircraft is based at Leicester Aerodrome with the Leicestershire Aero Club.
  • Has two seats and is stressed for aerobatics with "G" limits of plus 6 and minus 3. The maximum permissible airspeed is 170 mph and the stalling speed is 60 mph. Maximum range is around 270 miles at a cruising speed of 120 mph.
  • Constructed with a steel tube fuselage, spruce timber wings and covered in fabric. It is fitted with VHF radio and a GPS navigation receiver.
  • Powered by a 200 horsepower Lycoming IO-360 engine with full inverted fuel and oil systems. It has a Hartzell metal, constant speed, propeller. Fuel consumption averages around 36 litres per hour, 40% more in displays.
  • The handling qualities are excellent but demand an experienced pilots skills.

Further Information

Barry Tempest MRAeS

Armageddon Airshows

2 Church Walk

Kings Cliffe



United Kingdom

Telephone (44) 01780-470273


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