Originally billed as a weekend event this airshow only opened to the public on the Sunday in temperatures approaching 40 degrees. With private cars banned from 8 am the special buses soon became hot houses crammed with eager visitors who showed extreme tolerance given the access problems.
This years Air Tattoo will be remembered first for the wet weather though this failed to spoil the event for thousands. The aircraft component was possibly the best for many year following lots of intense effort from the organisers.
Highlights were the first appearance at a western airshow by the Japanese military with a KC767 tanker and two display teams on first visits to the UK; the South Korean Black Eagles with their T-50s, airfreighted in by 747s, and the Macchi MB339s of Al Fursan from the Emirates. Of the two the Koreans were the more innovative with continuous action and tight choreography.
The Hungarian International Air Show was held on the 16/17th of August though the weather was grey on the first day. Large crowds were treated to a varied and interesting display with aircraft from many countries, east and west. The based SAAB Gripens, newly delivered were present in force though only a few MiG-29s remain operational. Many were in open storage on the base. Definitely one of the best shows of the year.