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Airshows 2008 - Part 2

Royal International Air Tattoo - Duxford's Flying Legends
Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) Airshow Shoreham

Slideshow plus Pictures 1 to 3 of the Royal International Air Tattoo
Slideshow of: Airshows 2008 - Part 2
Airshows 2008 - Part 2 Slideshow
ZH101 Boeing Sentry AEW1 of 8 and 23 Squadrons Royal Air Force (Pooled Aircraft) - Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford 11th July 2008
ZH101 Sentry AEW1
ZE734 PANAVIA Tornado F3 in the 90th Anniversary colours of 111 Squadron Royal Air Force - Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford 11th July 2008
ZE734 Tornado F3
Photographers in their Swamp of Misery - Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford 11th July 2008
Photographers Swamp

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Pictures 4 to 7 of the Royal International Air Tattoo
Nine PANAVIA Tornado F3s of the Royal Air Force forming part of the 90 Aircraft Flypast Salute to Her Majesty the Queen - Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford 11th July 2008
Nine Tornado F3s
04-4082 Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22A Raptor assigned to USAF 192FW, flown by the Raptor Demonstration Team  - Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford 11th July 2008
04-4082 F-22A Raptor
51 Nord 262 from the French Navy's 28 Flottille, looking sharp in it's 'Ocean Tiger' markings.  - Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford 14th July 2008
G-APSA DC-6A
FAB1326 Embraer EMB 312 Tucano T.27 of Brazil's 'Esquadrilha da Fumaça' display team departs with long range tanks. - Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford 14th July 2008
FAB1326 Tucano T.27

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Pictures 8 to 11 of Duxford's Flying Legends
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 'Liberty Belle' complete with a re-enactment group giving a flavour of a wartime crew. - Flying Legends Show at Duxford 13th July 2008
B-17 Liberty Bell
G-AIYR de Havilland DH-89 Dragon Rapide as Dominie HG691 in Royal Air Force post-war markings complete with trainer bands. - Flying Legends Show at Duxford 13th July 2008
G-AIYR/HG691 Dragon Rapide
42-19993/G-CEJU Bell P-39Q Airacobra now restored in the markings of the 82nd TRS of the 71st TRG. - Flying Legends Show at Duxford 13th July 2008
219993/G-CEJU P-39Q Airacobra
G-RUMM/N700HL Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat Bu 121714 in the markings of USN VF20A. - Flying Legends Show at Duxford 13th July 2008
G-RUMM/N700HL F8F-2P Bearcat

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Pictures 12 & 13 of Duxford's Flying Legends - Pictures 14 & 15 of Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) Airshow Shoreham
On Silver Wings: K5414/G-AENP Hawker Hind in 15 Squadron Royal Air Force markings complete with bombs and K3661/G-BURZ Hawker Nimrod in 802 Squadron Fleet Air Arm markings - Duxford's Flying Legends 13th July 2008
Hawker Hind & Nimrod
Flying P51s, Taxying B-17s - Duxford's Flying Legends 13th July 2008
Flying P51s & Taxying B-17s
ML407/G-LFIX Supermarine Spitfire T9 - RAFA Battle of Britain display at Shoreham 30th August 2008
ML407/G-LFIX Spitfire T9
Dukes of Cassutt: formation and air racing display team - RAFA Shoreham Battle of Britain display 30th August 2008
Dukes of Cassutt

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Picture 16 to 19 of of Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) Airshow Shoreham
G-BDPJ Piper PA-25 Pawnee 235B - RAFA Shoreham Battle of Britain display 30th August 2008
G-BDPJ PA-25 Pawnee 235B
XZ233 Westland Lynx HAS3S of 702 Squadron Fleet Air Arm based at RNAS Yeovilton - RAFA Shoreham Battle of Britain display 30th August 2008
XZ233 Lynx HAS3S
A Brace of Stearmans from Team Guinot  - RAFA Shoreham Battle of Britain display 30th August 2008
A Brace of Stearmans
WZ507/G-VTII de Havilland Vampire T11  - RAFA Shoreham Battle of Britain display 30th August 2008
WZ507/G-VTII Vampire T11

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All Photographs are Copyright of Caz Caswell

Album Notes & Links
Like other show goers, RIAT has to be the biggest disappointment of the 2008 airshow season. Apart from the rain that really only eased here and there, arrivals for the show continued.

For the Queens review, the rain actually stopped! She arrived in Sikorsky S-76A G-VONB with a bit of sun shining through and was probably bemused at all the drowned rats peering out from a sodden enclosure.

True to form, there was no rain throughout the 90 aircraft flypast and the Queen also left in a bit of sun, waving as she walked to the awaiting S-76.

Yet more rain, with puddles resembling the local pond; all that was missing were the ducks! As we suspected, the show was cancelled for the Saturday & Sunday, but not due to more rain, but the water logged viewing areas & car parks; a total disaster!

It was open for the Monday departures, which was better, with some sun, but still the rain persisted. RIAT did put more boarding down, and straw, but this soon became a quagmire with so many people in the enclosure.

With no show on the weekend, this gave an opportunity to zip over to Duxford's Flying Legends on the Sunday. There was no rain, but at times, the sky became very cloudy, but none the less, was, as usual, a good show; especially seeing Liberty Foundations B-17 ‘Liberty Belle’ that flew over from the US for Legends.

The season was closed out with RAFA Shoreham’s Battle of Britain display. Wow! Where was this weather for all the other shows? A glorious summers day, with good pictures, now if only they could just move the whole airport when the sun moves in the afternoon…

Royal International Air Tattoo Web Site

The 'Flying Legends' show at Duxford is organised by:
The Fighter Collection
in association with the
Imperial War Museum Duxford

RAFA Shoreham Battle of Britain display Links:
Shoreham Airshow
Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA)

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