The Goodwood Revival 2018 will not include any major air displays.
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What’s your reaction? Are you disappointed or indifferent?
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UPDATE: I’ve published a post Revival update video on this subject here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhf54VaLBPA
After 19 years of thrilling the crowds with spectacular air displays it seems the Goodwood Revival’s aviation activities will be confined to the static displays and pre booked pleasure flights, for this year at least.
Are the days of a Goodwood Revival air show over? The 2018 Revival’s timetable contains no mention of any of the types of air displays we’ve seen in previous years, apart from short fly pasts by a solitary fighter in the early morning.
So, a Dawn Patrol each day and one evening slot by a pair of warbirds. Both time windows are outside of what you might call the core fun hours of the event, and that may be significant from a red tape point of view.
The Dawn Patrol used to be an aperitif, a mere foretaste of the several displays that we could look forward to throughout the day.
Unless I’ve missed it there’s been no announcement about the cancellation of the air displays. Given how far in advance these types of events are planned and arranged one could imagine that the decision was taken months ago.
So why was there no announcement for loyal Revival fans?
The air displays have always been such a popular part of the Revival. I don’t know how popular and I would guess that the Revival team’s customer surveys would reveal more on that score.
Taking into account that tickets go on sale ten months before the event it’s possible that many who bought their tickets will be as disappointed as I am that the Revival has become an almost exclusively a motor racing event.
Of course, it’s always been mainly a motor racing event featuring races on four wheels and two, but the air displays have been an integral part of every Revival since 1998 when Ray Hanna flew a Spitfire along the Start Line straight.
That type of flying has long gone everywhere. In these safety conscious days you won’t see any Spitfires flying so close to crowds that you can feel the breeze and smell the exhaust.
But in the past 19 years at the Revival we’ve been thrilled and inspired by the flying skills of a generation of expert display pilots.
Over the last two decades the Revival air displays have included formation aerobatics by Spitfires, Hurricanes, Mustangs, Warhawks, a Blenheim, and in 2010 a Bearcat.
Last year we watched a Corsair and a P-38 Lightning among others, delighting the crowds.
There have also been fly pasts by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and displays by jets such as Hunters, a Canberra, and the now retired Vulcan bomber.
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