All content copyright © David Richerby, 2013–14
|Monday, 1st July||Sunrise
|Wednesday, 3rd July||Caribbean Princess
|Thursday, 4th July||Ships|
|Saturday, 13th July||Ships|
|Sunday, 14th July||Ships
|Monday, 15th July||RFA Wave Ruler
|Saturday, 20th July||Royal International Air Tattoo
Short Tucano T1
NH Industries NH90 TTH
Air-to-air refuelling demo
Avro Vulcan B Mk.2
Lockheed L-1011 Tristar K1
The Frecce Tricolori
SAAB JAS39C Gripen
Hawker Sea Fury T.20
Boeing B-25J Mitchell and Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair
AgustaWestland Apache AH1
Royal Jordanian Falcons
Alenia C-27J Spartan
Boeing B-17J Flying Fortress
RAF Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4
Westland Lynx AH.7
British Airways Airbus A380
The Red Arrows
Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon EF-2000
RAF Boeing Chinook HC2
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina “Miss Pick Up”
Gloster Meteor T.7
Airbus A400M Atlas
SAAB JAS 39EBS Gripen
Dassault Rafale C
Swiss Air Force PC-7 Team
Static display: helicopters, fighters, trainers, transport, miscellaneous and historic.
The tug Afon Goch (“Red River”) is working with a barge in the river outside the docks and making regular visits to the Cruise Terminal for supplies.
Not so much a cruise ship as a floating house full of rich people. Most of the cabins are privately owned and many of the owners live on the ship.
My last night in Liverpool.
The world's biggest military air show, at RAF Fairford. The base is leased to the US Air Force and has climate-controlled hangars for their various exotic planes. It was used for long-range bomber missions in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq but is currently in reserve. Unfortunately, budget cuts mean the USAF isn't participating in air shows until further notice, with the exception of letting this one happen on their base. I took 2,705 photos during seven hours of flying displays so it'll be a while before I finish editing them!
It's not obvious from the photos but almost nothing flew directly over the crowd so, in the great majority of cases, if you see the underside of a plane, it's because it was flying on its side. And there are no funny camera angles: if a plane looks like it's pointing straight up, straight down or at some other weird angle, that's because it was.
The best of the photos, for people who aren't interested enough to look through all mumble-hundred. All the photos in this section also appear in the section for the plane in question. Most of the planes in the flying display are included here.
Operated by the Finnish Army.
An Italian KC-767A tanker demonstrating refuelling two Eurofighter Typhoons: an Italian on on the port wing and a British one to starboard. As you can see, the fighters didn't actually connect to the refuelling drogues, or even extend their refuelling probes. They returned and landed after the Vulcan display.
The Belgian Air Force's display helicopter.
One of the RAF's Tristar tankers made the brief flight from Brize Norton, flew low and slow with the gear down, and went back home again. The Tristars are due to be retired next year.
The Italian Air Force's aerobatic team, the “Tricolour Arrows”, flying ten Aermacchi MB-339 PANs.
Swedish Air Force.
Part of the Royal Navy Historic Flight.
The Polish Air Force.
Red Bull's North American B-25J Mitchell and Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair. I was a bit planed-out and took a rest for most of the time they were in the air.
British Army helicopter, made under licence from Boeing.
The Royal Jordanian Air Force's display team, flying four Extra EA300Ls.
Three helicopters demonstrating how the emergency services co-ordinate. Unfortunately, their simulation of a rescue from a crashed car was impossible to see unless you were in just the right spot along the nearly two-mile runway. I wasn't.
Yes, a Hercules-sized cargo plane flying upside-down. Twice.
617 Squadron, which was formed to fly the Dambusters Raid in 1943 now flies Tornados out of RAF Lossiemouth. Two of their planes have tails painted to commemorate the squadron's 70th anniversary: the other is on static display.
The Belgian Air Force's display plane, flying with smoke pods on the wingtips.
This and the Antonov transport in the static display constitute 29% of the Estonian Air Force fleet.
I have more photos of this plane from when she visited the Southport Air Show in September 2012.
Flown by the Hungarian Air Force.
From the French Armée de l'Air.
The organizers were trying to get at least one Typhoon from every country that operates them, and one from every RAF squadron. The RAF obliged, as did Italy; but Austria, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Spain weren't able to spare a plane.