Royal International Air Tattoo
|Date||25 - 30 July 2001|
|Weather||Warm and sunny with variable cloud (Fri 27/7 and Mon 30/7)|
|Positive Points||Cottesmore is a great location for getting good shots both airbourne and on the ground and the show was up to the usual RIAT standard as expected|
|Negative Points||On the main arrival and rehearsal day (Friday) several 'morons' caused consistent problems by having to stand in at best 'unofficial' vantage points, at worst, dangerous ones. Despite the best efforts of the farmer (who bears some responsibility for letting people onto his land in the first place) people continued to swarm around the end of the runway, some even setting up tables and chairs. Surprise, surprise, the B-1B lines up to do its rehearsal; the majority of the sensible people knew what was going to happen next with one near me remarking "If their sausages aren't done yet they will be in a minute!". Sure enough the B-1 fires up in full 'burner' and all hell breaks loose with people either running away or getting blasted in all directions not to mention their associated accessories. What a bunch of tossers! Within a few minutes the emergency services are on the scene to treat the injured. People like these don't deserve to have a brain as they obviously don't use it. Worse still and ultimately, their stupidity threatens the existence of this type of show. One final gripe, I hope that none of the respected aviation journals publish any pictures obtained by these idiots, indeed I feel these magazines bear some responsibility by having their own photographers unnecessarily placed in privileged positions and thus spoiling other peoples shots, which in turn causes some to seek better vantage points. Most of my photo's would look good in their magazines and I see no reason why these guys need their positions of privilege - perhaps it compensates for their own lack of ability! Come on guys - stand with the rest of us and let's see how good you really are!|
|Highlights||If you've not seen a B-1 get rolled before you should have been here! A scintillating performance was rehearsed on the Friday but I don't know whether the pilot got away with that on the show days. The Finnish Hornet performed a good show too and the immaculately painted Dutch F-16 was up to its usual best.|
|Other comment||I fear RIAT is starting to get too commercialised, hence the reason I skip the show days now.|
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