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Royal International Air Tattoo 2013

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The Royal International Air Tattoo or RIAT is the worlds largest military airshow and is held in July at Fairford airfield in the UK. This year I was once again able to attend and as always it was a fantastic day with a huge turnout of aircraft from all over the world . The highlights of the show were a flypast of the brand new British Airways A380 in formation with the Red Arrows and of course the Breitling Super Constellation. The show ground has a huge number of static aircraft and attractions and I would strongly recommend everyone who is able to get to the RIAT next year if you can. While at the show I took over 1500 photos and I have carefully selected some of the best to share with you all on Aeroscale.
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About Dave (epshifty)
FROM: ENGLAND - NORTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM


Comments

This isn't about the airshow but is a general musing (nah that's not right. Its a bit of whinging). So I notice the B-17G. Of course its done up in early USAAF livery, total anachronism then it gets me to thinking about all the preserved aircraft that different groups keep in flying condition. Many of them (well ones in the US at any rate) do as much 'hot-rodding' in their "restorations" as preservation. (Electroplated parts, non- period color schemes etc...) If you were going to the trouble and expense to restore warbirds, why not get it right?! Give Duxford and Silverhill their due. When they restore a plane they do it right!!! Cheers, Fred
JUL 30, 2013 - 01:35 PM
For some restorers it's a case of Did Not Do The Research, for others it's Rule of Cool and still others it's a case of I Have Money. Then there are the ones who pay proper attention to history.
JUL 30, 2013 - 02:06 PM
Yeah, Jessie, you're right. That's OK with critiquing fiction, but it really drives me to distraction when I see so much money lavished on warbirds but not in restoring them. At least Air Racers make no pretense. Cheers, Fred
JUL 31, 2013 - 12:59 PM
The Alberta Aviation Museum has a hurri that's..... insane. Makes me crazy...
JUL 31, 2013 - 01:09 PM
Somewhere there's an A-20G looking for its Hamilton Standard. Cheers, Fred
JUL 31, 2013 - 01:22 PM
That's a proper airscrew for a Hurricane XII, but that's far from a proper paint job. It looks like they were working from two completely different sets of paint plans, and the guy who painted the top wasn't talking to the guy who painted the undersides.
JUL 31, 2013 - 01:57 PM
That 'thing' must be new. Wasn't there in the spring when I was noseing around.
JUL 31, 2013 - 02:18 PM
The guns without farings are plain wrong. And I've read first hand accounts that confirm the underside blue is paint stolen from a 1970's gulf porsche race car, not the RAF. I could understand removing the farings if they were depicting an aircraft undergoing service on its armament, but this is clearly not the case. Moreover I strongly suspect no hurricane ever sported yellow leading edge identifiers. This seems like a total anachronism.
JUL 31, 2013 - 02:51 PM
great ... this has turnd into a debate about aircraft restoration
AUG 21, 2013 - 07:17 AM
The IIB had those outboard guns, and the muzzles did protrude from the leading edge, but not by so much as those ones seem to. There's a fair body of evidence that Hurricane IIs in temperate day fighter scheme wore the yellow leading edges; it's just that more of them were done in SEA, desert or RN schemes which didn't have the yellow. I'm also very sceptical that any home service RCAF Hurris ever had them. This paint job is incredibly amateurish. We get passionate about seeing our favourite things displayed properly We also get livid when it's done incorrectly.
AUG 21, 2013 - 07:44 AM