I was invited to go to RIAT last week – the Royal International Air Tattoo, at Fairford in Gloucester. It wasn’t a particularly good day weatherwise, it was blustery and squally so the Spitfires and Hurricanes which were going to take part in a fly past to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain weren’t able to take part as they hadn’t been able to take off. (The Messerschmitt managed to make it however – insert your own jokes at this point). Apparently this wasn’t a problem during the war as the aircraft were taking off in fields and so could take off in any direction to suit the wind conditions. Only with the use of runways, does the wind become a problem. Interesting, not all progress is an advance it seems.
One aircraft, the F22 – the Raptor gave a display that was SO astonishing I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Absolutely amazing display. I want one, but for £400 million, I think I may have to save up for some time and content myself with watching it again on YouTube.