Produced by Adrenalin Television; available from airtattoo.com priced £16.95 DVD, £24.95 Blu-Ray
The Royal International Air Tattoo is the UK’s biggest military airshow and this year celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the NATO Tiger Association as well as it’s own 40th anniversary. In forty years the show has grown from relative modest beginning to one of the most important dates on the military aviation and defence calendar.
Adrenalin Television’s production is suitably pitched for the event covering all aspects of the event from the flying displays, static displays and some of the most important events take took place around RIAT such as the naming ceremony for the RAF’s new Airbus A330MRTT Voyager KC1.
The production is superbly narrated by one of the Air Tattoo’s commentators, Ben Dunnell. There are many different interviews with important personalities from the show and pilots interspersed amongst some superb filming of the flying displays.
2011 saw very mixed weather conditions throughout the six days of aviation activities at Fairford which is something the filming crews have coped with admirably. It also has meant some of the sequences are particularly dramatic with vapour streaming from the aircraft during their displays.
Like most airshow productions these days, the DVD allows viewers to turn the commentary off and on during playback via the audio button, but the commentary is very well pitched and is kept to a minimum during the displays.
The flying display filming contains an impressive amount of minicam footage from on-board the display aircraft. Some displays such as the French Air Force Rafale display contain multiple on-board minicam angles giving a superb sense of the work of the displays pilots during their routines.
The 2011 DVD is a superb production whether you went to the show or not. It’s high quality presentation and production means it is another stand out product.