Most events that take place this late in the year are confronted mostly with bad weather but this time the weathergods were in our favour the entire day. I had decided that I would buy my ticket upon arrival and before I went to see if the weather would be suitable and check on internet if the participants promissed had been showing up. Arriving around 8 in the morning the gates were already open and the lines before the ticketoffices were huge with some 1000 spotters waiting to get on base. After some 30 minutes I arrived at the flightline where Patrioulle Suisse had been parked and from there it is a short walk towards the paralleltaxitrack.
The spotters were in for a treat with the first aircraft taking to the sky well before 0830 and a special area had been made between the runway and taxitrack to bring us even closer to the aircraft during landing and take-off.
Jan Eenling© 2006-2010