Following my trip north which I discussed in my first blog post, I have put together a tentative programme (in fact, I’ve put together four tentative programmes, three of which didn’t work!!) for the display.
It has been a bit of a challenge due to the number of aircraft we are sharing with another display, and the need to allow pilots sufficient time between displays at the two sites to allow them to safely transit and refuel (if required). That probably doesn’t sound too difficult, but when you consider the differing speeds involved (the fastest at over 500 knots for the Typhoon, compared to the slowest at 80 knots for the Swordfish) it does become a bit of a riddle.
I’m happy with the way things are progressing and I’m quietly confident that we can put on a display that will please almost everybody (I have to say almost, as you can NEVER please everybody, and it would be foolish to try). We have a great mix of aircraft including more jets than last year which should wake the neighbours up, and with no break in the middle as has been traditional at East Fortune, I think we will provide a really excellent day of aviation. And just to confirm; I HAVE booked good weather!!
Take a look at some of the fantastic images on the air display and on the ground activity that were taken of Scotland’s National Airshow in our Flickr Group.