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XyZspineZyX
07-20-2003, 11:46 PM
I know there are probably a couple of posts about the Royal International Airshow at RAF Fairford this weekend, it was that good I just had to have my own post.

I went yesterday, 7am start, after hearing horror stories about the traffic. There was a bit of traffic but it was ok really, managed to be on the base by 10:30.

Highlights - well, a really difficult one to answer because all of it was good really. Here are my personal highlights in no particular order:

0. Spitfire - by far my fave, they make me wanna cry, just beautiful and as far as, I am concerned, epitomise WWII and are, IMHO, the best fighter ever. Plus THAT sound, you can keep your jets ;-)
1. Saab Grippen
2. A10 (although terrible and embarrasing commentry :-( )
3. Mirage 2000
4. F117 (esp. when in formation with the Red Arrows)
5. B1-B
6. B2 with F-15 escorts
7. German F4 Phantom
8. Mig 29
9. F-16's
10. Red Arrows - awesome as ever
11. Tornado's x lots
12. Me109 (static display)

Was a great day, can't wait to go again. One thing it has most certainly done is make me want Lock On even more, come on guys, get it on the shelves.

ta,
Matt.


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Message Edited on 07/21/0306:53AM by mattduggan

XyZspineZyX
07-20-2003, 11:46 PM
I know there are probably a couple of posts about the Royal International Airshow at RAF Fairford this weekend, it was that good I just had to have my own post.

I went yesterday, 7am start, after hearing horror stories about the traffic. There was a bit of traffic but it was ok really, managed to be on the base by 10:30.

Highlights - well, a really difficult one to answer because all of it was good really. Here are my personal highlights in no particular order:

0. Spitfire - by far my fave, they make me wanna cry, just beautiful and as far as, I am concerned, epitomise WWII and are, IMHO, the best fighter ever. Plus THAT sound, you can keep your jets ;-)
1. Saab Grippen
2. A10 (although terrible and embarrasing commentry :-( )
3. Mirage 2000
4. F117 (esp. when in formation with the Red Arrows)
5. B1-B
6. B2 with F-15 escorts
7. German F4 Phantom
8. Mig 29
9. F-16's
10. Red Arrows - awesome as ever
11. Tornado's x lots
12. Me109 (static display)

Was a great day, can't wait to go again. One thing it has most certainly done is make me want Lock On even more, come on guys, get it on the shelves.

ta,
Matt.


http://www.world-data-systems.com/lomac/pirhana.jpg


Message Edited on 07/21/0306:53AM by mattduggan

XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 02:09 AM
Sounds like a groovy show, Matt. Mind if I tag on my own airshow doings this weekend?

Evening Air Display at Shuttleworth - kind of the opposite end of the spectrum from RIAT - the announcement over the tannoy that the sale of Tiger Moth Ginger Biscuits had raised 10.20 epitomised the uncommercialised, very human-scale atmosphere that Shuttleworth does so well,

The pre WW1 planes didn't fly - too windy - but the Sopwith Triplane, Hawker Hind, Gloster Gadiator, Spit Mk5 and Sea Hurricane were all predictably fantastic. Especially the Spit - you'll appreciate this, Matt - Wierd storm clouds, like frozen whirls of black smoke, lowered on the horizon. The Spit was slicing down the display line, and as it flashed past, the sky crackled with a burst of yellow forked lightning. Pyrotechnic effects by the Lord Almighty - doesn't get much better!

XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 07:55 AM
That sounds fantastic /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif The one thing that Fairford didn't have enough of, IMHO, was the older, classic, prop fighters. I think it would have been great if they had finished off with a Spit, Hurricane, P-51, Me109 and a Eurofighter Typhoon in formation.

Did you get any pics of that Spit?

/m

http://www.world-data-systems.com/lomac/pirhana.jpg

XyZspineZyX
07-21-2003, 06:09 PM
Got some static pics, but I think the world can live without another Vanilla pic of a Spitfire :-) my camera's not good enough to make inflight pics worthwhile, sadly.

I did some video clips of the Hucks starter (http://www.airmuseumsuk.org/Shut030614/800/pages/010%20Hucks%20Starter.htm) being used on the Hind and the Gladiator, which I hadn't seen before.