iainpeden wrote:A discussion which re-emerges when the dark winter nights appear; a few points I'd like to make.
I, too, have been doing airshows since the late 1960s and have great memories of the days of Vulcans, Phantoms, Mirages et al.
The reduction in airshow participaltion started in the early 1990's with the end of the Cold War; not only have we gone from 30 front line squadrons to 6 but there is less will by the politicians to sell to the public the message for strong, and therefore expensive, armed forces. Other countries have had similar reductions.
The current decline is due to a) the economic crisis and b) a lack of understanding by current politicians, none of whom have served in the military or been to war, of the value of the utimate insurance policy.
Lastly, please don't castigate the airshow organisors - they can only get what is available.
Dragon Rapide wrote:Why not accept the realities of the time and create as good an aviation show as possible for the enthusiasts plus those who thoroughly enjoy the flying and static displays and some stuff for the youngsters, with reduced admission and accept that the vast crowds are a thing of the past. After all many other shows around the clountry do it diffserently and seem to produce fine shows. I think that expectations and aspirations are too high for RIAT.
Liveforriat wrote: I just do not believe IAT is in decline. IAT is doing exactly this and I think by doing this rather than declining they willl survive just fine.
SPLAT wrote:All good answers ,
But where else can you go and find so many different nationality's in one show?
If you visit an airshow in most countries , it is predomintly home grown.Malta and Zeltweg are the only other shows in my mind , that attract some exotic variations.
The show could not run on aviation enthusiast's only and the general prublic want a day out , hence the shows / singers.
I do think buying in advance puts people off going , who wants to go to an airshow when it is hammering with rain.
Do you get wet or lose your money?
Other than that , RIAT will always be on your list for that STAR attraction.
Duxfordian wrote:On the poster its the SAME Reds picture as last year's poster, he's just done a cut and paste job!
Whatever happened to the old days of the proper painted posters?