Yeovilton Air Day 2016

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Had a cracking day today (apart from the rain at 12:30!).
Static a bit light compared to last year.
Left while the Jordanian falcons were on from Vixen car park with no delay at all but as a result missed Typhoon. I saw it at Cosford and thought today's Rafale display was better but maybe the weather made a difference so interested to hear from someone who saw both today.
Sea Vixen was fabulous again and delighted to see a high display from the Reds.
Went home via Glastonbury Tor and was rewarded by a C17 flyover :-)

Overall, Well happy !

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Well, there is no getting away from it....I got a bit wet today! 5 mins of crazy rain, just enough time for me to ponder why I forgot an umbrella....doh! Did it ruin my day...? Not in the slightest! :smile:
I've been going to air shows now since I was 11, first one was Mildenhall 89. My dad and I took the trip from Bognor Regis every year and nothing will be quite like that first one.
Now I take my daughter to any I go to and sharing the day with her always makes it a good day. I'm no longer worried about the static count, what does or doesn't turn up or if I see anything new and I think I enjoy it all the more for that now.

Today's show was a good day for the above reasons, but also for the aircraft that did turn up were great examples of their type. I like a dirty and grizzled line jet (e.g Zeus F-16 is pretty, but at last years RIAT most my pics were of the normal camo ones) and the F-16's and Tornado today were a treat ( I do have an exception to this, but will explain in a bit!) The Lynx had naughty but nice nose art and the Heavy jets were both great examples too. It's always going to be difficult to put them anywhere on the pan to take good pics of and its nice to see people being able to go in and see them anyway.

The only gripe I would have of the static is not Yeovilton's fault, but the RAF typhoon was very dull! the reason I like a line jet is because the the squadron badges and markings have so much meaning to them and they are always worn with pride! Come-on RAF, stop this no sqn markings nonsense and put the bars and badges back on!

The flying display was well planned I thought, the more dynamic displays not bunched together so we could all have a breather from catching the one shot we all wanted and watch a bit of the flying with our own eyes and not just the view finder.

The best display for me was the Bronco, wow, that can really move and is pretty much fully aerobatic! I was very impressed with the skill shown by the pilot.
The sea vixen is possibly the prettiest, ugly plane ever and I agree that the first pass was lovely!
The Mig 15 was a super display showing us every possible angle, with lots of lovely turning and top side chances.
The B-17 was my second favourite display, it just had real presence in the air and looked wonderful flying low over the church with its wheels down.
Reds, Apaches and all the other displays were great too and all added their own part to the day (special mention to Team Orlik who have some cool moves and cooler aircraft).

So for me (and izzy) the day was value for money and them some. £30 for both of us to watch, photograph and enjoy aircraft for 8 hours. £1.90 ish each an hour to watch sea vixens, migs, rafales and much more, yeah, I'll take that :biggrin:

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I agree with the 'well-paced' comments. The flying display flowed really well despite the overall line-up being arguably less impressive than last year. The Sea Vixen was brilliant! Hope to see it again this display season. The Rafale pair was great too although I prefer the solo demo (RIAT next week!).

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Basically agreeing with the previous posters. Static a bit light (but bought beer from the guys on the Transall and Belgian 21 Sqn!), flying well paced, good variety. Highlights: Bronco, Rafale, Typhoon. Reds were great as always, I think we sometimes dismiss them because we see them so often. First time in the grandstand, definitely doing that again. Crowd a bit thin, definitely fewer there than the last couple of years. Nice job, VL, see you next year.

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Not bad really, shame it chucked it down when the MIG-15 was putting on a fine display, highlights for me being the Sea Vixen, B-17, Typhoon, Rafale pair and the Red Arrows. No issues getting in or out this year left around 5.25 back in the hotel before 6 as looked round the static and stalls prior to the flying display starting.

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Our first YAD and I'd of paid the entrance fee just for the Sea Vixen alone - quite superb! But yes a great day alround (apart from the odd aforementioned shower) with a very relaxed friendly atmosphere.


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My first time and I am completely impressed.

A really old fashioned traditional open-day. Generally pleasant enjoyable items with the a few excellent pieces from the home squadrons as well as outstanding international participation from the Rafales in particular.

The whole base was well laid out and the airshow was incredibly easy to get around and enjoy.

Static display was small, but some really nice items.

The Sea Vixen, Rafales and Commando Assault were all worth the entrance fee individually... to get all three was just amazing!

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Would have been nice to see a maritime Merlin and a Sea King AEW but can't have everything! Crews as always spectacularly welcoming and friendly.

There was a Merlin HM2 on show in Hangar 7 and the Sea King ASaC7 sadly cancelled

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A little disappointed with arrivals day but thoroughly enjoyed the Air Day itself. It was my first visit to Yeovilton and it turned out to be the most hassle free airshow that I have ever been to. Arrived early and was parked up on base just after 8am without being stuck in any queues. Got around most of the static display before the main gates opened at 9am and was also escorted around some of the flying display aircraft (Bronco et al). So that was a nice bonus. :clap:

I'm aware that the display and static line-up was a little thinner than previous shows, but I just take displays as they come. I thought the show was nice and varied with personal highlights being the Sea Vixen, Sally-B, the Typhoon and the Commando Assault. As previously mentioned, unlike Cosford, the commentary was pretty good, being both informative and, at times, rather amusing. Being in the Grandstand was good, if a little cosy, and provided hassle free views of the displays.

I packed up and departed at about 5:15pm and drove straight off the base without any queuing, either on the base or on the roads, and was back at the hotel in nearby Mudford in less than ten minutes.

I will be happy to return next year. :smile:

Now for the big one at Fairford. Fingers crossed for some decent weather!
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I thought it was a decent day. As others have said the static was a little thin which made it more frustrating that they placed the barriers so close to the aircraft considering there was a fair amount of unused space. Nice variety in the flying display - Rafales were on point and the Sea Vixen was as impressive as ever. Commando Assault was hella impressive with the Merlins!

One thing I did find fairly odd was the introduction the Sea Vixen was given. It was a random chap on the tannoy (not one of the commentary team) who introduced the display by reminiscing about the DH110 crash at Farnborough, going in to a bit of detail about how it broke up and killed a number of people. A pretty strange thing to say considering everything that's going on with classic jets at the moment.

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Yes I can't say I thought that was the most comforting way to introduce a classic jet...

I believe the random chap was Frederick Forsyth
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Quick question for the review as I was elsewhere at the time, can someone confirm that the Texan and Yak-50 flew?
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Wissam24 wrote:Quick question for the review as I was elsewhere at the time, can someone confirm that the Texan and Yak-50 flew?


I don't remember either flying.

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DeanW wrote:One thing I did find fairly odd was the introduction the Sea Vixen was given. It was a random chap on the tannoy (not one of the commentary team) who introduced the display by reminiscing about the DH110 crash at Farnborough, going in to a bit of detail about how it broke up and killed a number of people. A pretty strange thing to say considering everything that's going on with classic jets at the moment.

I understood his connections to the Navy Wings project but to open with that, and then talk about the lack of an ejector seat in the Vampire was just astoundingly poor taste for a commentary at an airshow less than a year after Shoreham! :facepalm:
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Andyperkins wrote:
Wissam24 wrote:Quick question for the review as I was elsewhere at the time, can someone confirm that the Texan and Yak-50 flew?


I don't remember either flying.


What (if anything) flew between Sally B and the RJF?
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Wissam24 wrote:
Andyperkins wrote:
Wissam24 wrote:Quick question for the review as I was elsewhere at the time, can someone confirm that the Texan and Yak-50 flew?


I don't remember either flying.


What (if anything) flew between Sally B and the RJF?

Nothing, it was meant to be the maritime role demo after Sally B, but one of the wildcats had a technical problem so they swapped it with the RJF. (If I remember rightly!)

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Cheers Stu. I did wonder why they had the Role demo immediately before the Commando Assault.
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One thing I did find fairly odd was the introduction the Sea Vixen was given. It was a random chap on the tannoy (not one of the commentary team) who introduced the display by reminiscing about the DH110 crash at Farnborough, going in to a bit of detail about how it broke up and killed a number of people. A pretty strange thing to say considering everything that's going on with classic jets at the moment.


Yes I have to agree it was at best ill advised to go into such detail on the DH110 crash, a shame really as aside from this the commentary on the day was for the most part very informative and well presented.

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Rebecca_1984 wrote:
One thing I did find fairly odd was the introduction the Sea Vixen was given. It was a random chap on the tannoy (not one of the commentary team) who introduced the display by reminiscing about the DH110 crash at Farnborough, going in to a bit of detail about how it broke up and killed a number of people. A pretty strange thing to say considering everything that's going on with classic jets at the moment.


Yes I have to agree it was at best ill advised to go into such detail on the DH110 crash, a shame really as aside from this the commentary on the day was for the most part very informative and well presented.


It was the author Frederick Forsyth.

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Did anyone catch the name of the commentator for the Commando assault? I made a note of it but can't find it.
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Wissam24 wrote:Did anyone catch the name of the commentator for the Commando assault? I made a note of it but can't find it.


Lt Dave Fleming?

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StuWeston wrote:
Wissam24 wrote:Did anyone catch the name of the commentator for the Commando assault? I made a note of it but can't find it.


Lt Dave Fleming?


Have been informed on Twitter that it was Lt Cdr Alan Petch
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Wissam24 wrote:
StuWeston wrote:
Wissam24 wrote:Did anyone catch the name of the commentator for the Commando assault? I made a note of it but can't find it.


Lt Dave Fleming?


Have been informed on Twitter that it was Lt Cdr Alan Petch

Gotcha, think Lt Fleming must have been the general commentator! :up:

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Can anyone confirm which Merlin cabs were in the Assault?
I think it was 5 Mk.3s and 1 Mk.3A - although only five lined up at the end.
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