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B'Mo Air Show

This weekend was the Bournemouth Air Festival, a free airshow which takes place on the beach at Bournemouth. Howard and I travelled over from Dorchester (arriving just after the flying started - this happens every year. Maybe next year we'll get it right) and met up with silverwindblade on the beach.

The weather was predicted to be overcast all day, but defied expectations by being so hot and sunny I swam in the sea and got sunburned.

A lineup of many airshow favourites kicked off with the Red Arrows, impressive as always as they performed breaks and passes over the pier.

The Sea Vixen is a staple of seaside shows, and featured in the programme, so when a twin-boom fighter appeared I assumed it was this lovely but oft-seen beast. To my surprise, it turned out to be the Sea Vixen's predecessor, the Venom. Watching it howl along the seafront was a great pleasure.

I love seaplanes, so I was greatly excited to see the graceful Catalina. Even better, it was taking part in a reenactment of the rescue from the sea of a downed Mustang pilot, who parachuted down before our very eyes. The Catalina didn't land on the water, alas, but gave a good show, simulating having one engine out of action and limping along with a wing low while an Me109 swooped on it from above. (The crowd booed and hissed.) Then, hurrah, a Spitfire and another Mustang came along to drive the enemy off, and everyone presumably went home for a nice cup of tea.

Two Tornadoes, blatting about with their afterburners on and demonstrating their swing-wing capability, were a rousing contrast to the vintage warbirds. The show was closed by the Vulcan, stately and enormous, showing us its unique, mothlike shape. Yay for bikes - we extracted ourselves from the exit traffic jams with ease.

As an extra treat, while Howard and I were on our way to a friend's house on Sunday, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane flew right over our heads. We stopped the bikes and watched the low formation approach across the flooded meadows, drinking in the sight and the noise.


A B-17, presumably "Sally B", flew over here on Saturday morning as I was attacking a hedge in my front garden. I wonder if it was heading Bournemouth way? Nope. Seems she was flying past Shoreham on Saturday and Sunday...

Edited at 2012-09-03 01:03 pm (UTC)
Many participants were shared between Shoreham and Bournemouth, but not that one it seems!
Being under the Biggin Hill approach, we do sometimes get interesting aircraft overhead here. Just saw a light aircraft with water-landing floats fly over...
Ooh, wonder what that was?
Not something I've seen here before, that's sure. It was the kind of small plane you see in films of the Canadian wilderness, or in the Amazon, not over Bromley. ;)
The phrase that sprang to mind was 'Twin Otter', but it's possible I've read too much Biggles :)
Heh! I've even flown in a Twin Otter, and no, it wasn't one of those, but you knew that. It was something a lot more like this. ;)
Good writings, Bravo Bournemouth Flight. Up the Chines
Soft spot for Bournemouth as I grew up in Wimborne!
I think I'd like to get along to an air show sometime, now I have a camera up to the task, and one lens of particular quality, albeit only good for further shots - sounds like I'd almost need a wide-angle for some of the views you received!

(Reminds me, maybe I should post a shot or two of the RAF Falcons.. rather cool, the way they were able to leap out at 12,000 feet, and land within a few feet of the landing marks, whilst also taking the time to arrange themselves in vertical formation!)
One of them landed in the sea on Saturday!

My photography rule is 'nothing airborne unless it's Hercules-size or bigger'. I have a lot of photos of tiny specks in my collection :(