AJ and I got there early to claim a good viewing spot. I sketched another person also waiting.
The larger team made two exciting fly overs. Two aircraft landed and parked in the Museum’s lot. The other 10 aircraft taxied to the far side of Boeing Field.
There are two seats in the jets. I learned that ten aircraft engineering technicians are chosen to form a team known as the Circus. Circus engineers are each allocated to a specific pilot for the duration of the summer display season. They fly in the passenger seat of the Hawk to and from display airfields and service the aircraft before and after every display.
It started raining as they landed, just to make this British team feel at home. I did my sketch of the static aircraft in the rain, under a large umbrella, Pete Scully style!
AJ got a photo of me sketching in the rain, under an umbrella stuck down my coat.
We did go inside to get warm, dry and to do the painting. AJ with her sketch an mine in front.
After finishing it, I went out to see the displays in the Museum lobby. I asked which pilots flew the aircraft I sketched. I got one signature (#12, David Simmons, on the left). He graciously offered to get the other pilot to sign it so took my sketch upstairs #11)