Battlefield History Tours

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On Tour - RAAF Bomber Command in the UK Tour 15 July 2023


This was such a different day that was filled with so many promises as we attended the Royal International Air Tattoo. We knew that the programme was to have planes from around the world show us their wares. Supersonic Jets, a myriad of world class helicopters, some of the largest carriers and some special invitees, such as the German Messerschmitt 262, the first jet fighter. The traffic was quite heavy getting there but once we were there and parked on a paddock reserved for coaches, we saw the huge line up of people wanting to gain access to the aerodrome, we decided to wait a little until the throng cleared as it was still one hour before the flying commenced.

It was a good move and 30 minutes later we joined the queue to gain access. After getting through the security, we made our way to a spot where we set up our camp and settled down to watch the jets perform. The noise from the jets was very strong indeed and first ones nearly deafened us. There were many top-class jets on display including the new F35 that the RAAF has acquired. We saw Harriers, F16s, Tornado, Grimonds and many others. By now it was 1300 and we were waiting for the larger planes to take the stage, however, the skies opened and with the 75 km/h wind, we were saturated in minutes. As we have had a few with colds on tour, a decision was jointly taken to call it stumps, and we made our way as best we could due to the high wind and pelting rain. As we proceeded, we noticed that Bruce had gone missing but alas, he was found, sheltering with hundreds of others under a large tent. He joined us in the rain, and we headed to our coach and then to home. An enjoyable day but cut short by the inclement weather.

All happy as another adventure awaits us tomorrow.

Graham Fleeton.


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