Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Old Sarum Air Show

We recently ventured up to Wiltshire to the first Old Sarum Air Show for a day out.

Mother really wanted to see the Vulcan again before it is permanently grounded later this year so she bought us some tickets, checked we could take the dogs and off we went!

There is an awesome greasy spoon cafe in a big layby on the A303 (near a place called West Knoyle) so we had to stop there for a delicious breakfast. The doggies also had their breakfast and a leg stretch.

We arrived at the Airfield and I immediately noticed lots of men on their own (no wives/families) carrying big cameras and wearing anoraks ;-)

Thankfully the weather was dry and when the sun came out from behind the clouds it was very warm!

Little planes started arriving before the main show and Monty got a bit gobby because he's not seen a flying noisy thing up close before. He went and told them who was boss though so he settled down after that.

The doggies were so well behaved and lots of people commented on how good they were.

The displays put on were excellent and there was lots of variety and a packed schedule.
There were so many I can't remember them all but looking back through my photos, I have definitely missed out a few!

2 Spitfires did a display and I love that amazing noise from their Merlin engines. Fabulous!

There was also a little gyrocopter which is an interesting machine - there is no power to the rotors... I wouldn't fancy getting in one!

There was a team of 4 planes who did a "barnstorming" display. Barnstorming was what the pilots did between wars by flying to farms and flying their planes through the barns for the villager's entertainment. They were flying about 3 feet above the ground! For this display, they had cones and bunting forming a small gap to fly through and under.
Another thing they did was have someone on the ground release a balloon as they approached and they had to pop it using the plane's propellers. Amazingly skilful and very entertaining!

They had a young lady in a Pitts aerobatic plane throwing herself around in the sky - making me feel sick just watching her!!

The display before the Vulcan was due to arrive was a "Battle of Britain" flight with 8 different wartime planes including bi-planes and tri-planes.
What they hadn't told us was that they would be using bangs and gunfire so we were merrily chatting with some people next to us and Monty was (obviously) on his back waiting for belly rubs when all of a sudden there was explosions and gunfire. 
The doggies were terrified! Thankfully we had thought ahead and brought cotton wool with us to stuff in their ears for the Vulcan flight as it is very noisy so we were frantically jamming cotton wool in the dogs' ears and bandaging their heads to keep it in place. We managed to make some doggy ear defenders and they soon settled down and went back to sleep with their silly headwear on.

Disappointingly, we were told as we were waiting for the Vulcan's arrival, that it had got a split in the fuel tank en route to the show and had to turn around and head back to base. 
Everyone was absolutely gutted - particularly us as we had travelled so far to see it!
The Vulcan was going to display with the Sally B B-17 Bomber so we did at least get to see another beautiful old plane to round the day off.

Other than the disappointment of the Vulcan, we had a really lovely day out and have said we'd definitely go again or we'd go up for a couple of days and explore Old Sarum Castle which is right by the Airfield.


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