|Frecce Tricilori singleton|
It has taken some time, but this blog post is about that period in July that I look forward to every year: the consecutive weekends with the Flying Legends airshow at Duxford, followed by the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford.
I won't put very many pictures in this blog - there are just too many. But I've put sets on Flickr:
Flying Legends on Flickr
RIAT 2013 on Flickr
|Mustang Heaven: Miss Velma, Princess Elizabeth and Nooky Booky wait before taking off to participate in the final Balbo at Duxford Flying Legends 2013. 8 overlapping images sticthed into a single panorama. Click for the original size image.|
|Moonbeam McSwine at Duxford Flying Legends|
Fairford this year really showed the effects of the continuing economic difficulties throughout the world, with the consequent downsizing of air forces resulting in smaller numbers and less variety of aircraft than previously. The biggest reflection of this derives from the budget problems in the US which have led to the process of sequestration, meaning that no American aircraft from either the US Air Force or Navy have been made available this summer. In the past, we've had big ticket items from them such as B-52, B-1, F-117 or F-22 at Fairford, but not this year. But a good turnout of fast jets at Fairford made up for that, for the most part.
|The Red Arrows fly in formation with a British Airways A380|
|A400M in formation with the Reds|
|Rafale goes upstairs|
For example, the Vulcan is a huge draw wherever it goes. While it taxied past during RIAT, people ran to the fence and waved or took pictures using anything that came to hand, including iPads.
|The Vulcan and its fans|
|Photographing the Reds on takeoff|
On the other hand, you can't always retain interest. A big Airbus maybe impressive, but it does not always draw spectators attention.
|Sometimes a drink is more important than an approaching aircraft|
Finally, the Frecce are always hugely appreciated - even the paramedics standing by the taxiway applauded as they rolled in after their display, at least those who were not otherwise engaged with an ice cream.
|Frecce slide and flip: composite from a single burst of images|
|The Frecce singleton climbs past the main formation: composite from a single burst of images|
|Applauding the Frecce|