Lowestoft Air Festival DVD Cover

Lowestoft Air Festival DVD Cover

Produced by Planes TV; Available from Planes TV priced £9.99

It was a record year for the Lowestoft Air Festival with 400,000 gathering for a very varied flying display. The weather too was very varied with excellent weather on the first day complimented by some dramatic summer storms on the final day. Unusually for a seaside based display, the show featured a number of private warbirds and classic jets as well as some interesting international military displays from France, the Netherlands and the United States.

The DVD is narrated by Lowestoft commentator Tim Calloway. Tim’s approach is somewhat different being much more like an airshow commentary than a voice-over. Seaside shows make for interesting venues for filming with some very intresting backdrops and Lowestoft is no different with the pretty promenade constrasting with the huge “Gulliver” wind turbine sat at the end of the display line.

The filming is first class with some particualrly dramatic shots of the HH-60G Nighthawk from RAF Laekenheath displaying against the lightning in the background. Sadly, there are no interviews but the film does include some good scene setting shots capturing the spirit of the event. One slight annoyance is the odd spelling mistake in the captions, particular the Glocester (sic) Meteor!

At just over half an hour, this is a rather short but sweet production – an ideal reminder of one of the UK’s more interesting airshows.