So what did I think of the show itself? Well lets get the bad points over with first. We were both, along with many others, very disappointed to see the Vulcan would not be appearing at this years tattoo. You can read for yourself the "reasons" on the web but what ever the reason many people purchased tickets months in advance on the basis it would be attending. The other big disappointment was that the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II which was meant to be the highlight of the show was unable to attend due to an engine failure and a subsequent grounding, needless to say this was out of the Air Tattoo's hands and regardless safety must come first. The final couple of negative points; I do wonder whether there were a few to many display team this year, I understand this was to celebrate the Red Arrows 50th anniversary but a bit more variety in the types of aircraft would of been nice. I could not help but think these long displays may of pushed the Vulcan off the program. The only other negative and this is more of a personal thing but for the money we spent on enclosure tickets it would of been nice of had wifi access.
|Sukhoi Su-22 'Fitter'|
To wrap up this article, will I be going next year? I would like to say if they have the Vulcan etc, but who am I kidding I will most likely go regardless. Below is a link to a few more of the pictures I took on the day, if you read this far they might be of interest.