Please note that the dates for these tours may vary from the guide below. No tours will be offered until international borders are open.
This was our day to visit the RNAS Air Show at Yeovilton. A special day with many aircraft on display and flying for us. But first. We intended to arrive as close as we could to the 0900 opening of the airfield so after an early breakfast we left at 0800 and headed West. Traffic was light and we arrived at Yeovilton at 0910, parked the coach in the designated area, collected our extra water and our fold up chairs and proceeded to the entry gate with the crowd that had arrived. Tickets were stamped and we were in. Our first plan was to find a location from where we would be able to view the Flying Display Programme that was to start at 1100. That done, we unfolded our chairs and Michael and I took the first shift guarding out location as the group went out in amongst the static displays and also visited the Museum.
Time for a cuppa, so Michael headed off and returned with said cuppa for he and I. We then settled in and waited until our group returned. There were many static displays, stalls galore to entice purchase of much paraphernalia associated with the love of planes and their attraction, chairs and most important, umbrellas which some of us purchased and attached them to our chairs for the necessary shade. Also located nearby were many, many food and drink stalls. Many of the planes that were to fly during the day were parked in a row and accessible to those wishing to take photographs close up. The interesting point being the number of planes from many nations, France, Lithuania, Canada, USA, Russia, Denmark, Greece, Jordan and the Czech Air Force that were there to fly.
The flying display started with the arrival of the Chinook helicopter from 27 Squadron Royal Air Force. From then, there was hardly a moment when there wasn't an aircraft in the air above us and when the Red Arrows appeared the day was taken to a higher level. An excellent day and this tired but happy group headed home to Salisbury with a stop, on the A30 to view the famous Fovant Badges that were carved out of the clay hills by the soldiers of the First World War as they waited to move up to the front.
Tomorrow we will head further West as we have a special appointment out near the Bristol Chanel.