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We are now three quarters of the way through the day’s program. The Displays still to come are the Mighty Mi-24 Hind Attack Helicopter from the Czech Air Force. Our 2nd look at the Polish Mig-29A, a Dutch F-16 display, RAF Harrier and finally the Sunset Ceremony performed by a Tornado F.3 from No.56(R) Sqn.

This was the first time I had ever seen a Mi-24 Hind flying. I have previously seen examples in Museums and always dreamed of seeing one in the air. The Hind display was even better than I thought it could be; glistening in the late afternoon sun light; looking truly majestic as it whizzed around the Air field with a very distinct “whooshing” sound from the rotors. One of those things you will never forget.

The 2006 RAF Leuchars Battle of Britain Air Show

The 2006 RAF Leuchars Battle of Britain Air Show

The 2006 RAF Leuchars Battle of Britain Air Show

The 2006 RAF Leuchars Battle of Britain Air Show

The 2006 RAF Leuchars Battle of Britain Air Show

It’s time now for the 2nd Mig-29A display from the Polish Air Force. I thought it was a really great touch to have the Polish and Czech Air Forces at the Show. Their flying displays were a great tribute to all those who served during WWII and I hope they felt welcomed back to our shores. The Mig-29 display was even better the 2nd time round due to the light being a lot more forgiving. The low sun to the West was shining beautifully on the stunning curves of the Mig.

The 2006 RAF Leuchars Battle of Britain Air Show

The 2006 RAF Leuchars Battle of Britain Air Show

The 2006 RAF Leuchars Battle of Britain Air Show

The Dutch F-16 display and the RAF Harrier GR.7 displayed next. The vast majority of people I spoke to didn’t expect to see the Dutch Air Force at the show after the tragic lose of one of their pilots in Afghanistan a couple of weeks prior to the show. It was, however, a nice surprise to see them arrive on the Friday evening. The Dutch F-16, in its special black and silver colour scheme, certainly looked the part.

Now, it’s the final act of the day; the Sunset Ceremony. It’s a tradition of the RAF Leuchars Air Show to finish with a Leuchars jet doing a fast pass with the setting sun. This year it was performed by No.56(R) Sqn flying a total of two fast passes down the display line to officially close the RAF Leuchars Battle of Britain Air Show 2006.

The 2006 RAF Leuchars Battle of Britain Air Show

The 2006 RAF Leuchars Battle of Britain Air Show

And That’s a Wrap!

I hope you enjoyed reading the reports and the pictures. The final part of the report about the two departures days can be found on my web site here. I invite you to visit it and check out some of my other photo reports.

 


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