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First of the Season

My first airshow of 2013 was the South East Air Show at Manston on Saturday. I had a two-for-one voucher from Groupon (much more relevant to my interests than their usual offerings of mani-pedis and colonic irrigation), so Howard came along for the ride.

A slightly grim ride at times, due to high winds on the M2 and at our destination. The queue was fairly epic, as well, starting just after the Herne Bay turnoff and giving us nearly ten miles of filtering. When we arrived, the stewards had no clue where to park bikes, so we just found a suitable space where we wouldn't be in anyone's way.

The show was shortened by the weather conditions - the Great War Display Team weren't there, to my great sorrow - but we enjoyed the Vulcan and the lovely Hunter Miss Demeanour. Cold War Hour was rounded off by a pair of L-29 Delfins belonging to the 'Red Star Rebels' display team, which comprehensively beat up the airfield with some exciting pyrotechnics, followed by an Apache. We also found time to wander round the static display and the trade stands.

Not the best show ever, but a fun day all the same. We returned home tired out, by the slower but more scenic and sheltered A2. I look forward to more airshow action over the course of the summer.

Google's top hit for 'manston air show', by the way, is currently BBC News: Manston air show traffic problems criticised. I'm so glad I started going to these things by bike.


Ooo, VH-558? I'd rather like to catch that somewhere. =:D Is there some central resource where one may find all UK airshows in one place, maybe even with a map? I'm not overly bothered about the size as such, as long as there are some good photographic opportunities, especially the Vulcan. (Bonus points if there's some actual terrain involved in the area - it'd be tempting to park my tail on a hillside, and try getting some different angles to just peering up from the crowds)
If there's a Vulcan, and it's flying, then it is the Vulcan :)

I like Milavia.net for air show listings, but you can also check out the Vulcan's own site which might tell you when you could observe it in transit.
I think we all need a trip to the mach loop :)
Hee! I imagine there's the occasional photographer and long lens to be found thereabouts. =:D

Actually, a little trip there could be rather good fun, if anyone were really up for it. ^_^ I'm flexible with timing, but don't drive, so I'd only be able to help with costs, rather than the inestimable joys of motorway driving.

(Reminds me, someday, I need to plan a voyage to Skomer. Velocity of a rather fluffier kind =:)
Was there any JP action?
Sadly not - you would be the first to hear if there had been!
Mmm. I saw that BBC article before reading your posting. And was thinking "that sounds familiar" all the way through. It does sound as if you found the right mode of transport!
My dad and I had almost given up on the Air Tattoo at Fairford with its miles of queues. Then we got into bikes...
I had a two-for-one voucher from Groupon (much more relevant to my interests than their usual offerings of mani-pedis and colonic irrigation)

Colonic irrigation? o.O Maybe they should rename themselves Grope-on.

Sounds like a lovely show, though, even if it was deplorably cut short by the weather. And heh, "Miss Demeanour" — I like that.
Ha! Groupon is aimed at a certain type of lady, as far as I can gather, but I've had a couple of good deals out of them (tickets to the Woody Guthrie musical and a cheap memory foam pillow).

And Miss Demeanour is a thing of beauty as well as having an awesome name :)
Groupon is aimed at a certain type of lady

*chuckles* Sounds like.

And Miss Demeanour is a thing of beauty as well as having an awesome name :)

Yes! I really like the vivid, colorful paintjob, and the name is just cute. "Miss Demeanour" makes me think of an old-fashioned governess, somehow... perhaps one with a secret double identity as a crimefighter, roaming the roofs at night in a cape and mask, looking for lowlifes and setting them on the right path again.

Hey, that might actually work as an idea for a character! Presumably a governess would have the necessary skills and experience, what with dealing with uppity kids and all that.
Damn, I wish I'd thought of that for the recent furry pulp anthology!
There's always next time. :) (And I'd love to see a story written based on this!)