The ever popular departures day at RIAT, and although some the star attractions had departed the night before or were scheduled to remain, there was enough variety to class this as one of the best departure days for a couple of years.
My first visit to Yeovilton for an airshow. Whilst initially surprised by a relatively small crowd line which made getting a decent vantage point challenging, I found the show to be very entertaining in contrast to some comments by others on social media.
A bright and sunny day coupled with a first visit by the Red Arrows to Shuttleworth, guaranteed large crowds as this small grass strip. New display lines and regulations have been put in place post the tragic Shoreham crash, which have changed the feel of UK airshows. My hope is that all parties continue to work together and review the requirements and strike the right balance between safety and the viewing experience.
An evening with Avro Lancaster B Mk VII, NX611 “Just Jane” at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, along with some re-enactors to help create the illusion of stepping back in time. The centre was initially established by the Panton brothers as a memorial to their brother lost on a mission over Germany during WW2.
Often, one can overlook treasures immediately on your door step, and although it’s still reasonable journey, RAF Cosford, is probably my nearest major aviation museum. This was my first visit for 6 years and whilst the collection content hasn’t changed too much, many of the exhibits had been moved creating new photo opportunities. I also decided to try a different approach to get alternative views by using a GoPro on a selfie stick.