Airshow: RIAT 2003

The world’s largest military airshow.

Display highlights included the Red Arrows with the F-117 Stealth Fighter, Frecce Tricolori, B-2 Spirit, German F-4 Phantom, demo of A330 Tanker, B-1B, and Eurofighter Typhoon.

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Airshow: Flying Legends 2003

Europe’s largest warbird air display, hosted by the Fighter Collection at IWM Duxford.  Unfortunately the show was marred by the loss of the Royal Navy’s Fairey Firefly and its pilot and crew.

Highlights included Mustangs, Spitfires and a Lavochkin La-9 plus many more.

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Airshow: RIAT 2002 Departures

Another frantic departures day, and for me often the best way to view aircraft that had been in the static park.  With the show marking the centenary of flight, the collection of aircraft was more diverse than previous years.

Notable highlights included Hawker Hunter, Douglas DC-4, Boeing 727, Folland Gnat and Vickers VC-10.

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Airshow: RIAT 2002 Display

The world’s largest military airshow at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire celebrated the centenary of flight.  This year saw a return to Fairford following a temporary relocation to RAF Cottesmore to allow for runway & hard stand upgrades at Fairford.

Notable highlights included F-117 Stealth Fighter, USAF Heritage Flight, Bristol Blenheim appearing alongside the Lancaster and display teams including Patrouille Suisse, Frecce Tricolori, Red Arrows and Patrulla Aguila.

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Airshow: Southport 2001

First visit to this seaside airshow, in Lancashire, UK.  Aircraft transit to the show to display or operate out of nearby Blackpool Airport.

Highlights of the display included Hawker Hunter “Miss Demeanour”, the Army’s Blue Eagles and Navy Historic Flight’s Fairey Swordfish.

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Airshow: RIAT 2001

Shots from the Sunday display and Monday departures days at The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), the world’s largest military air show, temporarily hosted at RAF Cottesmore.

Highlights of the display included a tribute to Air Vice Marshall Johnnie Johnson in the form of 3 Harriers and Spitfire performing a missing man manoeuvre.

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