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Royal International Air Tattoo 2009

I was hoping to take my kids to the Royal International Air Tattoo last year, but it was rained off for the first time in it’s history, so we we’re pretty determined to make it this year, and it was well worth it!

We took umbrella’s just in case, but the weather was kind enough to stay dry, my son and I even picked up a bit of sun burn, so we certainly can’t complain at the weather!

The day didn’t start quite so well though, as we ended up stuck in the queue to get in for almost 2 hours!

Fortunately we did make it in just in time to see the Red Arrows doing their display, which managed to cheer up the kids no end, as they suddenly forgot about all the time spent sat in the car in the queue.

The only down side with seeing the Red Arrows first, was that all the other air display teams we aw after didn’t quite seem as exciting… lol!

but then there was the Avro Vulcan B2 Bomber!

I hadn’t realized that it was going to be there, so this was a pleasant surprise for me as this was one of my favorite toy plane’s as a kid, the distinctive “delta v” shape is just sooo coool! 😉

It seems that I wasn’t the only one who felt this way about the Vulcan, the moment the announcement came over the tanoy that it was about to take off EVERYONE was up on their feet with cameras in hand!

and no one was disappointed, the Vulcan taking off is an amazing thing to watch and hear!

One moment it’s on the runway and the next it’s leapt in to the air at a 45′ angle and is screaming it’s way in to the sky.

I managed to get a great pic on my mobile, but I seriously regret not videoing it instead, the Vulcan’s engines have an amazing roar to them, and the speed with which it leaps in to the air is totally astonishing for a plane of it’s size, after all, this is a long range heavy bomber, not a jet fighter!

The Vulcan was easily the highlight of the day for both me and the kids, but there were also some cool flyby’s, including a LancasterBomber and 2 Spitfire’s, as well as a pretty amazing display from a Chinook helicopter, something that big and clumsy looking should not be able to do what the pilot managed to get it to do.

We headed back to the carpark to try and beat the rush out before the Eurofighter display started, but ended up seeing most of it from the carpark as we were waiting to get out anyway.

All in all the Air Tattoo was a thoroughly enjoyable day out!

Oh, I’ll be a doing a Top 10 Tips for Attending Air Shows post next…

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