On Saturday 18 July 2009. 4Aviation visited the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford by coach. The coaches departed Utrecht at 19.00 sharp, on their way to Breda to pick up the rest of the passengers. After a smooth continuation of the trip, we arrived at the gates of the air base well in time.
Despite the fact that the show was smaller than previous editions, the Royal International Air Tattoo can still carry the title ‘largest military air show in the world’ with pride. A huge static display, combined with a large air display, always make the event worthwhile for aviation enthusiasts.
The most interesting participants of this year’s edition were, without a doubt, the Algerian Hercules, the Boeing 757 from New Zealand and the Brazilian C295. Apart from that a large number of types of the USAF and RAF were present, as they always are. Another highlight also was the display of the last remaining Vulcan in the world.
The weather proved very cooperative during the day. Despite the sometimes darker clouds in the sky, not a single drop of rain came down.
After spending the entire day at the premises of the event, the nearly 100 participants returned to the busses around 19.00 for the journey home. This return leg was also uneventful, resulting in everybody being brought back to Breda or Utrecht on target.