As the Vulcan was not at the Royal International Air Tattoo this year and we wanted to see it fly we had a look around at the options. As we were going to Weymouth anyway we opted for the Bournemouth Air Festival a show we had never been to before.
Later we found out that the Canadian Lancaster bomber would be flying there also which would of been an amazing bonus but unfortunately it was cancelled due to engine problems. Hopefully we will be able to see it for it goes back to the other side of the pond most likely never to return.
So what about the show? Well its a very different show from the ones we normally go to such as RIAT or Cosford and was in fact the first seaside show we had been to. This has some plus points and some negatives, on the plus side you are much closer to the flight line so you get a great view, the only real negative is that you miss the take off and landings, oh and its a bit sandy!
Once again we opted for the hospitality which made the rush to find some space on the beach not a problem. I would however say this is probably the ideal family air show as even if you have no interested in planes (and naval ships) you can still have a nice day on the beach. The only other suggestion I would have is go by train if at all possible it sounded as though parking was a nightmare!
Below is a link to a few more pictures I took although I was having camera / operator problems so unfortunately they are not great!
The highlight of the show for me was rather predictably the Vulcan which did an amazing howl. My dad agreed but added that the Typhoon was a very close second for him. So would we go again, yes, yes I would.