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Red Arrows at East Fortune Air Show 2012

Someone told me that in the first 15 days of July we only had 1.6 hours of sunshine. It hasn’t been much better since and so things didn’t bode well for my annual trip to the East Fortune air show.

red arrows at east fortune air show 2012
The Red Arrows Arrive

The rain was constantly torrential, the clouds low, and the grassy areas we usually sit and sunbathe on were quagmires of Glastonbury proportions.

red arrows at east fortune air show 2012
The famous fan maneuver

Fortunately the sun did come out briefly enough to let the Red Arrows perform one of their stunning displays. I have posted video of them before but I think sometimes you have to look at still photos to appreciate the full splendour of what they do.

red arrows at east fortune air show 2012

After the display I took shelter from another deluge in the Concorde hangar and savoured the magnificence of G-BOAA – what a shame that one of these birds couldn’t have been air worthy enough to perform at the Olympics.

red arrows at east fortune air show 2012
Barrel rolls whilst formation flying

It was great to see the Red Arrows at East Fortune Air Show 2012 after an absence of 5 years. I could have just done with an absence of rain.

Over to you: Were you at East Fortune today? What did you think despite the awful weather? Please leave a comment below or post a link to your pictures.

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.