I went to Eastbourne Airbourne on Thursday the 9th of August.
We checked out the stalls first. UK falconry had some birds there and were selling “photo ops” with the birds. You could also take your own photos for a donation. So I did, because they’re beautiful.
The set will be posted on Flickr here when the photos are all edited, there’s just a couple up now.
We then settled in by the arena to watch the Essex dog display team. Again photos will be on my Flickr soon!
After that we staked out a spot on the sea front and waited for the flying to start. And waited, and waited, and ate lunch, and waited….
The weather as we had got nearer the sea turned very foggy and it hadn’t lifted. Radio Airbourne kept us up to date over the tannoy and we waited to see what would happen with frequent updates and weather reports. A jet took to the air and flew over to check out the cloud cover from above; we heard it just fine, but no one saw a damn thing!
While everyone was waiting, the new Diamond Jubilee lifeboat entertained us! They dropped some crew overboard and rescued them; showing off the boats speed and manoeuvrability. While not what we came to see, it was fascinating and certainly not something I see everyday. (Yes again, photos will be on Flickr eventually if you want them, I took over 2000 on my 2 days at Eastbourne).
Eventually, with flying time running out, they called it off. I was cold and disappointed; but I had seen the lifeboat, birds and dogs, and we were happy we had been keeped informed. There was of course, nothing more that could have been done, it was all down to the weather.
As we drove home, it was sunny and we found out it had been nice a home all day. Typical!
We tried again on Saturday the 11th. This was much much better; nice and sunny, though a bit windy.
We saw more birds of prey; they let volunteers hold them while explaining what they were etc in the arena and they tried to fly one of them.. though as due to weather they had not had much training time, the bird didn’t do as planned and decided to sit on one of the tent/gazebo things roof!
After that we went to the sea front and settled down again. This time flying got under way! We had a great time watching the planes and trying to capture photos of them. (Yup, flickr again soon) You can see a few videos on my YouTube here.
We missed the Red Arrows – sadly there were not booked this year as the were in Russia. But we enjoyed the Vulcan and the jets 😀
Hopefully I can go for a third year next year, and fingers crossed we get the Arrows back.
Airbourne is always worth a visit I think! It’s a great free air show over 4 days and there’s something for everyone. I always have a good time. There are always events going on in the arena and stalls to visit – you can sometimes meet some pilots have a go in flight simulators and you can buy memorabilia.
I think my photos say more than I can in words so please do check them out when they are up – things like the Sea King rescuing crew from the sea, the Lancaster and helicopters doing back flips are rare sights (at least for me)!