RAF Coningsby Enthusiasts Day, 11th June 2010
Wattisham Aviation Society were invited to have some places to attend Coningsby's Enthusiast Day in mid-June 2010. An event was being organised which made available a very limited number of tickets, specifically aimed at enthusiasts to give them access and photographic opportunities without the usual air show paraphernalia and crowds. A number of members of the society gladly took up this offer and made their way up to Lincolnshire during the Friday morning.
The Enthusiasts Day was timed to coincide with the station's Family Day, scheduled for the next day, thereby allowing a synergy of time and effort and expense for two separate events to be shared. A small flightline of aircraft was arranged to be present, both from the home units, as well as a variety of visiting aircraft. They were well positioned in a line without the usual distractions parked behind them that is so often found at the usual public air shows (ice cream vans, burger vans, advertising hoardings, safety barriers, cones, thousands of people etc). In addition, some strategically positioned access steps were made available to allow photography from an elevated position.
Some hangar displays were also arranged, to allow access into a Typhoon cockpit, and this proved to be a very popular attraction. Other displays were also available in the hangar catering for a variety of tastes.
Another great opportunity provided to the enthusiasts was the opportunity to take an escorted coach ride around the airfield, with appropriate stops to allow photography. The main attraction here being the preserved aircraft located in the HAS sites and behind the main gate, as these are rarely seen and good opportunities to photograph them are very few and far between.
A selection of photographs taken on the day are shown below:-