pilotalltheway From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2008, 247 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2358 times:
Yup, I really enjoyed it, this being my first RIAT and first proper airshow. Did you have grandstand tickets? I really enjoyed talking to all the pilots, especially the USAF ones who were really kind and gave a lot of advice. Indeed, there were 2 miles of walking included to just get to the other end, so I was rather tired by the time I left!
All in all, was it worth waiting in a seven mile tailback for two hours? I think so...
Trevor2005 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 17 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2326 times:
I thought it was a great display - though I was very disappointed to find the public grandstand was not on the crowd line but 100yds back so many low level shots included the backs of heads - nice for a few shots but not all! Especially enjoyed the F22, B52, A400M, Harrier and Vulcan - I only covered half of the static park but what I saw was excellent.
pilotalltheway From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2008, 247 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2274 times:
Yes Trevor, I too enjoyed the F-22 display and Harrier, aswell as the A400M. Also, I really enjoyed the great amount of aerobatic team displays there were. I guess thats why it was a few more pounds to be in the Jubilee Garden! Were you in the grandstand right where the touchdown spot was or the one further down, right by the USAF DC-10? I managed to cover pretty much the whole static display and unfortunatley had to watch the Red Arrows whilst trekking back through a few fields to the car.
Oh and I thought the Battle of Britain display was also really good.
GPHOTO From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 823 posts, RR: 26 Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2221 times:
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I arrive very early on Green route, which starts you off at the Western end of the airfield. Once in, I spend the morning trekking my way through the static, looking at everything, until I reach the Eastern end of the runway where I flop on the grass and have my lunch. I spend the rest of the afternoon there, though there are no spots left on the front so photography can be a bit restricted. The sun is also moves into an awkward position for photography in the afternoon if you are at the Eastern end which is another drawback. After the last act, I trek my way back through the static park to get to the Western end. This way, I can shoot both sides of the aircraft with 'correct' lighting with regards to sun position. It's a long day and a lot of walking but as it's my only chance of the year to see foreign military metal, I don't mind - I have to make the most of it!
This year I left home at 5:30am, was parked by 6:45am. I got back to the car at 8:30pm, had a quick cheese and Marmite sandwich and finally got home at 10:30pm - it took an hour just to get as far as Cirencester.
I enjoyed myself so much this year, I went back on the Monday to see the departures and that was every bit as enjoyable as the Show Days if you are into seeing the aircraft themselves rather than the displays they can do.