Off 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.
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.
And 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.