Biggin Hill Airshow 2009

The Royal International Air Tattoo 12th-13th July
RAF Fairford, United Kingdom,2008 .

RIAT 2008

Rain, Rain, go away......but it did' RIAT 2008 was cancelled!

Most of the shots above were taken on the Tuesday before the weekend of RIAT 2008,enabling me to capture the rehersal
for the ceremonial flypast that took place on the Friday, and the historic arrival of three F22 Raptors along with thier
KC10 "Mothership".This was the first time that the new United States Airforce fighter had ever ventured to the UK and Europe.

These few shots were to be the extent of my RIAT 2008 as the next day (Wednesday) we had 13hrs of non stop rain,which
kept me in the campsite all day .The Thursday and Friday also saw very heavy rain showers adding to the already waterlogged
fields,showground and carparks.I had very reluctantly made the painful desision to pack-up and leave for home on Friday morning,
as to top it all, I had been "struck down" with something nasty.As it turned out I had made the right desison as the two public days
of RIAT 2008 had to be cancelled, the first time in its history that this has ever happend. Despite great efforts from the organisers
and all concerned, nature conquered everything and everyone that week.......Paul Drabot.

So the remainder of the shots on this page are from Mark and Oliver Preston ,
who decided to stick it out all the way through to departures day.

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