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LEUCHARS FIFE SCOTLAND UK 2004

Tornado F3's Taxiing back to their hardered shelters...

RAF Leuchars, in Fife Scotland is one of only a few airfields in the UK to honour a Battle of Britain show. With three squadrons of based Tornado F3’s during normal operational working hours it can be quite a busy hive. But for once a year the gates are opened for aircraft enthusiasts and families to see in detail what Scotland's air defence station does day in day out. As usual Scotland’s weather was to play a major part in the days events. Pilots did well to cope with the strong cross winds and low cloud. Fortunately, apart from a few spots, the rain held back allowing the flying display to progress as planned.

 

The majority of the static displays were RAF machines with some foreign visitors. These being a German Air Force Tornado ECR, F-4 Phantom, French Air Force Mirage 2000 and two Portuguese Alpha Jets. An F-15C Eagle from RAF Lakenheath was also in the line up.

 

No fewer than four Eurofighter Typhoon’s were present at the show. With two in the static line up and one flying, plus a spare. For those disappointed at RIAT; Fairford not to see a Typhoon in twenty nine squadron markings the Eurofighter example in the flying display was provided by 29 Squadron. The Typhoon pilot excelled; demonstrating its awesome power and agility underneath the low level Scottish cloud base. Other fast jet aircraft to participate in the flying display were a Belgian and a Dutch F-16.

 

Many RAF types were present in the flying display routines including a Jaguar GR.3 Tornado GR.4, Harrier GR.7, Hawk T1A and a Tornado F3. The Royal Navy Sea Harrier of 899 Squadron was painted in a striking royal blue scheme. But Undoubtedly; the highlight for many being the iconic Royal Air Forces aerobatic team The Red Arrows.

 

An impressive show of force was the tactical demonstration which included four Tornado GR.4’s of 15 Squadron from Lossiemouth and four based Tornado F3’s of triple one (111) Squadron. Using pyrotechnics the GR.4’s simulated an airfield attack. Then the F3’s were then brought in, to intercept the enemy force.

 

For fighter aircraft enthusiasts this years event was something special with four Typhoons landing one after another on arrivals day. A sneak preview of the future at

RAF Leuchars. With three Tornado F3 squadrons Leuchars; is never short of action.

This years show being no exception.

 

Special Thanks :

 

The Corporate Communications Officer and all the personnel at RAF Leuchars.