What an amazing day! There was heavy rain overnight, then strong winds followed by a dull, wet morning with low mist over the Downs. Not apparently a good day for the Battle of Britain commemoration at Goodwood. We set off for what us is usually a 20-minute drive to the airfield, only to become part of the biggest traffic jam ever seen in West Sussex. The scheduled time for the flypast to begin was fast approaching and we were stationary, about 2 miles away. Then we heard that the event had been postponed until 1400hrs. That gave just enough time for the weather to improve and for us to park the car, wade through the fresh mud and then to find a vantage point overlooking runway 24. There was a huge crowd eagerly watching as a seemingly endless parade of Spitfires and Hurricanes, with one Blenheim, took off into bright sunshine and perfect visibility. The roar of Merlins and Griffons was continuous for over half an hour. Some 40 aircraft took part. One, Prince Harry's, was grounded and another Spitfire suffered a partial engine failure on take off but managed to get away at a second attempt.
This was a truly memorable event, extending over much of Southern England. It was good to be there.