It’s taken a while for me to get these pictures processed and uploaded, but I’m finally done! I love going to Waddington and this year was Cameron’s first proper air show, after we introduced him to Sunderland last year. It was so much fun, although very warm! That was good though, because the sky was so clear that it was full displays all round. Perfect! And I even managed to avoid sunburn this time. Result!
Next year I’ll definitely be hiring out a super-zoom lens for my camera to get some better pictures, but here’s the best of what I got.
Well as it’s coming to the end of the year, I guess it’s time to start writing all those ‘year in review’ type posts. First up is a collection of my favourite pictures from the year, it’s been a busy year with lots of awesome memories made and lots of pictures taken!
Yesterday was our annual trip up to Seaburn for the Sunderland International Airshow. We got there really early (a little too early) and set ourselves up on the seafront so we could get decent seats. I have to admit I was a little disappointed with the flying program this year. There were no fast-jets, and the only RAF representation was the Grob Tutor. Although it does a great display, it was a shame there were no Red Arrows, or even the solo display Hawk.
That being said, although I was disappointed with the flying program, there was definitely no disappointment from what was actually there. The show was opened by the Falcons, who gave a brilliant display, as always. The best thing about the Falcons at Sunderland is that they land on the beach right in front of you, so when they are coming in to land they fly directly overhead. I was amazed that they could keep the stack straight, as it was really, really windy! I took my camera with me, but I didn’t hire a lens like I did for Waddington, so the only pictures I took were of the Falcons.
Although I love the blades, and they had an amazing display, the most breathtaking display was from The Matadors. The two pilots are Paul Bonhomme and Steve Jones, who have been flying together for 14 years. If you’ve ever watched the Red Bull Air Race, you will recognise the names, and the display was just how I expected. Lots of cross overs and extremely close flying made for a breathtaking display.
The show was closed by the Vulcan, which is very quickly becoming my favourite plane. By the time it displayed, the tide was getting very high so the beach was emptying rapidly, but almost everyone stood up on the beachfront was stopped still watching it. So graceful for such a huge plane, but blooming noisy when it wants to be, I hope they meet their donation targets to continue flying next year for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Yesterday was our annual day trip to RAF Waddington for the Waddington International Airshow. Frank couldn’t make it this time as he was walking in the Lake District, so it was just me and my Dad. It was an absolutely fantastic day. We arrived at 8am on the dot, but there were already crowds of people there, as usual. We found a place about half way down the crowd line, and set up our chairs at the front so we wouldn’t lose our place. A good job too because when the flying started the crowds were huge! The weather was glorious, and I am really suprised I didn’t get sunburnt like I did last year (although I can’t say the same about my Dad).
I would definitely say this was the best Waddington yet. Perfect weather, and fantastic displays made it an awesome day. I loved seeing the USAF Thunderbirds for the first time, and I was really, really glad to see the Vulcan take off for the first time (I’ve seen displays and fast taxis but never a take off). The sound is amazing.
Anyway, it’s quite late so I have added some (!) of my pictures. I will be adding more later this week, and also updating the descriptions on each of the pages with some more information about the planes and what I thought of the displays.
If you like my pictures, leave me a comment and let me know. If you took your own pictures, I would love to check them out, so leave me a link!
I’ve always loved July. not just because it’s my birthday month, but because it was always the month that we broke up for the holidays, so it was always the start of summer. Not only is it my birthday, it’s my best friend’s birthday, my brother’s birthday and my Aunt’s birthday. So I woke up on the first of July and I knew it was going to be a good month. 6 days in and I already know I was right. Waddington was amazing. I’ve already started adding my pictures (it’s going to take me forever to process them all), and it’s also Sunderland air show at the end of the month. A day at the beach watching the air show, what could be better? I may restrain myself on the picture taking though, if only so I don’t have to spend so long editing them all!