Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012

Eurofighter Typhoon at GoodwoodEverybody knows the romantic history shared by Goodwood and Aviation. It's probably no surprise that this year the aviation exhibition was given a bigger presence at the festival - up at the main event rather than at the aerodrome - so I visited on the Friday to have a poke around and see what was what.

 

 

 

The gallery below shows some of my snaps (I had several hundred other photos, but they were of cars and had no place on this website).

Highlights included the Red Arrows flying a seven formation (they will return to the full aerobatic formation of nine aircraft in 2013), and the Eurofighter Typhoon, which provided a great display and soundtrack to match.

The static displays were great. I stopped to have a quick chat with our friends at Phoenix Helicopter Academy (for those mad enough to fly rotary) and admired the rubber chicken stuck to the Extra 300 (picture below). The forces also had several display aircraft and it was interesting to stick my head in some serious military flying hardware.

Thanks to Garmin for providing free waterproof ponchos to everybody. They could have sold them for £5 each and made a killing!

We at Hampshire Aeroplane Club had the weekend off but were back on the Monday. If it stops raining who knows, we might even get to do some flying soon!