The world’s largest military air show turned its attention to naval aviation, in particular the soon to be retired Sea King, but also featured the F/A-18 Hornet, Harrier, Rafale, and Hawk.
Additional displays included B-52H, Vulcan, Red Arrows, Frecce Tricolori, Nimrod MR4A prototype.
Former home to the Red Arrows, now renamed as Cotswold Airport, airshows are rare at this former RAF base. Well organised and some interesting displays, it would be good to see this become a regular show.
Displays included: Wingwalkers, RAF Hawk, Red Arrows, F-86 Sabre, Meteor.
The airshow that never was! Following torrential rain in the days leading up to the show days, the car parks around the show ground flooded and the organisers made the difficult and unprecedented decision to cancel the displays. A tough decision as this was to be the year of the F-22 Raptor’s debut in the UK.
Luckily, by the Monday the weather had improved enough to allow those with a ticket to attend for the departures.
Europe’s premier warbird show returns with a guest appearance from Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Liberty Belle”. Unfortunately “Sally B” was unserviceable, and therefore the opportunity of having three B-17’s in formation together was sadly missed, but still wonderful to see it appear alongside “Pink Lady”.
Another highlight was the formation of 5 x Stearman with wing walkers.