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Yeovilton Airday 2011

Where? Yeovilton, England
When? 08-09/07/2011

It is not uncommon in Britain for the Airshow-busy months of June and July that interesting airshows clash together. This was also the case for the second week-end in July with Flying Legends at Duxford and the Royal Navy Airshow at Yeovilton.

As the forecast was unfavourable for the whole week-end I wanted to stay on the safe side for the Legends at Duxford and decided to give Yeovilton only a go for the fly-in on the Friday before the show. Fortunately Friday was also used twice for the role demonstration of the Royal Navy showing off its Sea King and Lynx helicopters as well as simulated strafing attacks by fast jets, this time represented by Hawks.

Talking about the Lynx helicopter Yeovilton did also celebrate the 40th anniversary of this British construction, with many milestones and foreign examples being present in the static display and the new evolution, the Wildcat, flying display – however only on the Saturday showday.

A rainy Friday late afternoon also saw the rehearsal of the RNlAF Apache Demo releasing flares into the gray sky. Furthermore everybody was eagerly waiting for the Polish MiG-29 to do the same, but due to the weather conditions it stayed on the ground that day. Shortly before it was time for the most awaited visitor and a British Airshow legend: XH558, the Avro Vulcan. Supposed to arrive already some days before its arrival was delayed due to a necessary engine change.

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