As I mentioned in yesterday’s report, I managed to get it together to get to the air show. The fun started at 12:20 with the RAF Falcons parachute team doing their precision landing on the beach, having jumped from 12,000 feet. Here they are in their usual stack formation:
Next came a display by two Dakotas – like the commentator, I’d never seen two of these flying together before:
Eardrums were endangered by the next item, an RAF Typhoon doing its usual incredibly fast climb and generally being thrown around like a plane a fraction of its size.
Then came the Blades, all former Red Arrows pilots, whose signature move is called Crazy:
More followed, including two displays by Lynx helicopters (I have to say that the Black Cats display was much better before they were cut to a single machine), the RAF’s training aircraft Tutor and Torcano, acrobatics by the Twister Duo and the RV8TORS, a Vampire, and much more.
One of the highlights for me is always the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, once again appearing with the classic line-up of Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane. There’s something about the sound of six Merlin engines, not to mention the sight of these planes…
And there was more! More aerobatics! Wing walkers! A Sea Fury! The RLNI doing a rescue demonstration, and this nifty autogyro:
The show ended with the usual incredible display by the Red Arrows, which included moments like these:
In this bit of nicely mirrored manoeuvring, you can see the new tail fin design released for the team’s 50th anniversary season
Some of their routines happen so fast that if you blink, you’ll miss them:
And that was that. More photos will be appearing over the coming days, as I gradually work through the huge number I took
 More photos will be appearing later…
 The planned appearance by a Sea King helicopter was cancelled for “operational reasons”, but the guys in the water put on a good show
 They’re opening today’s show
 I made a lot of use of the X-T1’s high speed continuous shooting mode