Air Fair 2000
|Date||3rd/4th June 2000|
|Weather||I attended on the Saturday. There was clear air to start with cloud building through the day.|
|Positive Points||Usual varied display including the 'coup' of having the display opened on the Saturday only by the first appearance by the Stealth Fighter at a non-operational airfield in the UK. Nice to see the B-17G 'Sally B' back again after so many problems in the last two years.|
|Negative Points||At times, there were long gaps between display items and the Air Fair program has become a little too predictable in recent years, even when considering the foreign military participation. If there had been a competition for the best fast jet display, it would easily have been one by the Belgian F-16 but in my view the show contained too few 'showstoppers'.|
|Highlights||F-117A, Belgian Air Force F-16A, DAS Air Cargo DC-10|
|Other comment||Always worth attending but the program seemed a bit tired this year. Hopefully, the 'Battle of Britain' show in September will be better.|
A most welcome and unexpected appearance at the 'Air Fair', a Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk of the USAF. Being a relatively small airfield when compared to previous display venues for this aircraft, the display given was quite tight and fairly nimble. Congratulations to the USAF for doing the plane justice and not restricting to a single flyby and well done to the show organisers for capturing its attendance, only being confirmed a few days before the show.
This was probably the best display I have seen by the 'Stealth Fighter' and compared very favourably with that seen at Mildenhall the previous week.
When the F-117A is this close it is surprisingly noisy!!
Their was a time when a display by a Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 took a lot of beating but I think the current Belgian Air Force just shades it. Certainly, this display was kept well within the confines of this small airfield and the majority was flown with full afterburner.
The Spey engined Nimrod MR2 won't be around for too much longer so its display should be savoured before it becomes yet another performer lost forever. A noisy and committed display was given by this example, XV226 based at RAF Kinloss in Scotland.
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