This was a stirring patriotic event: music from the Central Band of the RAF; flypast from a Hurricane & a Spitfire; subsequent chase of a Messerschmitt Bf 109 by the Spitfire.
We also had a vivid pyrotechnic depiction of the London blitz.
The setting was Winston Churchill's family home: he would have approved.
However, I hope Liam Fox and George Osborne were present; failing that some of their senior civil servants. One of the film clips featured suggested that the Red Arrows might be reduced to a team of 11 motor-scooter-cyclists mounted on (Italian!) Vespas.
The impending Strategic Defence Review will be formative - if not traumantic.