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.
Valley Aviation Society (VAS) and RAF Valley surpass previous photo calls with an excellently organised day. Although more regimented in terms of access to the hard stand this actually improved photo opportunities in my opinion.
Visiting aircraft included Tornados, Typhoon, Squirrel, Agusta AB-139 (Irish Air Corps), VC-10, C-17, C-130, Tucano and PC-9 (Irish Air Corps).
A poignant visit to 6 Squadron at RAF Coningsby following the announcement of the premature retirement of the RAF’s Sepecat Jaguar fleet. Rolled out during the visit was the colour scheme for one of the Squadron’s jets in a stunning Jaguar scheme, forever to be known as “the spotty jet”.
Quick visits were also made to the BBMF hangar, and also 29(R) Squadron, the OCU for the Eurofighter Typhoon.