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Red Arrows in Edinburgh over Newhaven

So there I was driving through the streets of Edinburgh on my way to David Lloyd fitness club in Newhaven when I saw the Red Arrows zoom overhead. It was just a glimpse up above the houses. Blink and you would have missed them with only their red white and blue smoke trails to denote their passing.

I got a little excited, having not seen the Arrows for years. They never seem to come to the East Fortune Airshow. But after that fleeting moment there was no sign of them.

As I arrived at David Lloyd however, I was overjoyed to find them just starting their display to commemorate Armed Forces Day – directly over Newhaven, my destination. It’s a bit shaky but my iPhone captured the highlights.

Absolutely stunning and a pleasure to see the Red Arrows in Edinburgh.

The Return of the Vulcan Bomber

vulcan bomberOff in the distance just above the horizon a black spec on the blue summer sky comes closer. It’s a delta wing aircraft. For a spine tingling second it looks like Concorde is in the skies once more. But this is no passenger plane, this is a loud scary bomber that was originally conceived to drop nukes on Russia. But as it gets closer and roars overhead, shaking the ground with the thunder of its engines, it also appears graceful, sleek and simply awesome.

vulcan bomberThe Vulcan Bomber

This magnificent aircraft was retired in 1984 after the Falklands war. Enthusiasts set up a charity and spent £17m getting it airworthy again. Hats of to their dedication because to see this beast flying at the East Fortune Airshow was worth the admission cost all on its own.

vulcan bomberAnd of course in a hangar at East Fortune lives another magnificent aircraft – G-BOAA – a Concorde decommissioned and consigned to life indoors. What a shame the money and the technology doesn’t exist to get her back where she belongs.