On Friday 27th July, 2012 to mark the opening of the London 2012 Olympics the Red Arrows flew around the whole of the UK on a whistle-stop tour from Edinburgh to London taking in many major cities on the way.
Here in Wales the Red Arrows flew from RAF Valley on Anglesey at 15:58 and arrived in Cardiff 23 minutes later at 16:21 – exactly bang on schedule! (Did we expect anything different?!)
I thought it would be quite good to place myself alongside The Millennium Stadium as it is the centrepiece of Wales’ involvement with the Olympics but I just couldn’t decide on which angle they were going to come in from.
As it was pretty hot I sheltered under a tree whilst waiting for that recognisable sound, turning my head towards Cardiff West and then the silver streams began heading straight towards me – whilst i’m stuck under this tree! (oh I was also wearing flip-flops!! grrrrr!)
A quick dash along the River Taff and whoooooooooooooooosh! They roared straight overhead and began emitting their traditional streams of smoke in the British colours of red, white and blue.
They quickly flew right over the Millennium Stadium and over people watching it on the big screen at The Hayes in the heart of Cardiff.
Literally within 5 seconds they had come and gone and all that was left were the dispersing clouds of multi-coloured smoke.
And it was all over, logging onto to Twitter found that many other people also managed to capture The Red Arrows’ fleeting visit to Cardiff! I’ve also previously caught The Red Arrows flying over Cardiff at the links below:-