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.
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).