Well, I've been and my initial thoughts were justified. Definitely down on numbers of aircraft. However, it was still an enjoyable day. There were some of the usual military participants, although for the first time since 1988 there were no Russian aircraft flown (the Sukhoi Su 30 remained firmly on the ground). The latest version of the F-18 (the "F") put in a spirited performance as did the Eurofighter. For the first time in years, there were no Dassault fighters taking part and their biz-jets were static only. A Rockwell B-1B did one flypast and then disappeared. The new C-130J version of the Hercules did the usual Herk routine but without the trails of smoke normally associated with the older versions. From an airliner standpoint, the participators were the A340 (F-WWJU - in Lufthansa colours), Embraer's 135 (PT-ZJC),140 (PT-ZJA) and 145 (PT-ZJD) (in a lively three ship routine) and the Dornier 328Jet (D-BALL). Airliners in the static park included a Boeing 707 (being marketed as an off the shelf tanker), a DHC-8 (C-GIHK), a RJ-100 (C-FCRJ), an A300 Beluga (F-GSTD), Beech 1900 (D-CASG), Boeing 747-400 (N76400), the A340 Trent test bed (F-WWAI) an ATR-42 (F-WWEK) and a Boeng Business Jet (N737BZ).
There was also a flypast of historic De Havilland types which included Aer Lingus' restored DH-84 Dragon EI-ABI and a DH-89 Dragon Rapide G-AKRP. Another historic "airliner" taking part in the flying programme was a C-47 (in RAF markings).
The show has been confirmed for 2002 and will be held again in July.