Show Report


Airbourne 2004 - Eastbourne


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Dates 12th - 15th August 2004
Weather Very changeable with the best conditions being on the Saturday when most on these images were taken.
Comment A good value family orientated event that this year again included very welcome foreign F-16 participation (Belgian and Dutch) having missed the 2003 event. There were spirited RAF displays especially from the Nimrod MR2 and Tornado GR4. Unfortunately, as with the 2002 event the Red Arrows were again hampered by an incursion into the restricted air space, this time by an American registered light aircraft apparently being flown by a Dutch pilot. A major safety concern as he flew directly underneath the team and a disappointment to the massed crowds on the beach as they had to cut their display short once again after re-commencing due to running low on fuel. One wonders whether this is being done deliberately perhaps by some misguided environmentalists.

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EH-101 MerlinRAF EH-101 MerlinRAF EH-101 Merlin

Some nice shots of an RAF EH-101 Merlin HC3 carrying the Red Arrows pilots during their 40th Anniversary display season.

RNLAF F-16A MLU Fighting FalconRNLAF F-16A MLU Fighting Falcon

Awesome displays were performed by both the Belgian and Dutch F-16's with the latter having the benefit here of brighter weather on the Saturday of the show.

RAF Nimrod MR2RAF Nimrod MR2

It was good to see an RAF Nimrod once again being displayed well with XV244 having been based temporarily at Gatwick for its show participation.

RAF Panavia Tornado GR4

An RAF 15(R) squadron Tornado GR4 streaks skywards to complete its powerful display.

And finally..............

Having seen the above information on the Net and probably prompted by my Merlin pictures, I was contacted by a crew member of this RAF Puma HC1 that performed quite a rare demo at Eastbourne asking whether I had managed to get any good shots of it. I had and he is pictured standing at the open cabin door in the shot below.

He also informed me that this particular Puma (XW223) is the only RAF example fitted with these larger sponson tanks that makes this even rarer in public than the rest of the Puma fleet.

Puma HC1

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