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.
Erm, is this thing on?