Scottish International Airshow 2018, Ayr.

A weekend off from running for the Scottish International Airshow 2018, now there’s a novelty. Dizzy (and Mabel) headed off to the seaside for some proper heavy metal thunder.

Swiss F/A18 Hornet

It was a pretty dark and dismal day when we arrived at Ayr beach. There were a few weather-related gaps in the flying program too. Luckily a couple of highlights made the 2018 visit worthwhile. These were both from the land of cuckoo clocks and dodgy finance. Yep, without the Swiss it’d have been a bit of a damp squib.

The show opened with the obligatory run out for the Troon Lifeboat. The coastguard helicopter usually comes in for a close up but not tis year alas. After a longish gap it was down to the RAF to wake the place up. The solo Typhoon is always a great display and 2018 is no different.

You can’t really follow up the Typhoon in an autogyro.

Swiss precision

The big surprise of the day was the Swiss Classic Formation. Led by their shiny Swissair DC3 this 4-ship formation was the highlight of the day. The 3 Beech 18s would have been a highlight on their own !! Seeing these old birds in close formation was something special. I just wish I could find a video of their formation break, it was awesome.

The Plane Sailing Catalina was another welcome returnee, wonder if it ever lands on water these days?

Given the weather and the number of cancellations (BBMF, Sea Fury etc) the prospect of buggering off early appealed. Not until we’d seen the Swiss F/A18 though. We may have had to wait a long time between fast jets, but the wait was worth it.

Buggered off straight after it though. The show was closed by the Red Arrows, which meant everyone else was staying put. The Arrows looked just as good from the car park anyway 😉