I need to correct the three factual errors which you printed in Tuesday’s edition of the Eastbourne Gazette both in your report about Airbourne 2013 and in two of the accompanying photo captions.
1. In her page 4 article, your reporter Juliet Mead claims that the last previous displays by the RAF’s Typhoon were in 2010. I am certain that they were in fact in 2011. It was only last year, 2012, that we failed to see a Typhoon at Airbourne as most of them were operating out of an Italian airbase and patrolling the skies over Libya! The RAF sent us a pair of Tornado GR.4s instead to give us their Role Demonstration.
2. The aircraft whose photo appears at the top right hand side of page 21 is incorrectly captioned as a Eurofighter Typhoon. It is in fact the Belgian Air Component’s F-16.
3. The Spitfire in the photo on page 4 is labelled “from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight”. This is not the case. It is the same aircraft pictured on page 21 (below the F-16) and is pilot and owner John Romaine’s privately-owned Spitfire T.9 (a two-seater post-war conversion of a Mk.IX). The BBMF’s choice of Spitfire this year, which flew with their Lancaster and Hurricane Mk.IIC, was an all-grey photo-reconnaissance Spitfire PR.Mk.XIX with a Rolls-Royce Griffon engine rather than the usual Merlin as used by the T.9.
I much enjoyed this year’s four-day show despite occasional inclement weather and I’m looking forward to Airbourne 2014.