Okay, so i know this is nothing to do with electronics, but here at Proto-PIC we do occasionally get to spend some time with our loved ones.
Last weekend, my time was spent attending the 65th Annual Airshow at RAF Leuchars, just outside St.Andrews – not too far away from the RelChron/Proto-PIC HQ in Kirkcaldy. This year is sadly the last as very soon the RAF will leave Leuchars and the Army will take over the base. Now apparently, they are planning on keeping up the annual show tradition with an display of their own, but in my opinion (apart from the fact you wont get a craned neck from looking up all day) it will not have the same effect as the amazing “Red Arrows” display team throwing their ‘planes about at incredible speeds whilst keeping the wingtips within 5 feet of each other!
It was quite a nice day (if you are scottish – quite cold if you are not!) and we were bussed into the Airbase. The sheer number of people there was astounding. The show started at 10am – we were there at 10am, so at what time did the other 10,000 people in front of us arrive? We headed straight for the end of the Airfield – via an Harrier flight simulator, which was nice – where we knew we would get a good view and noise from the awesome Eurofighter Typhoon doing its thing.
We were instantly treated to a flyby by a squadron of F4 Phantoms, which will always be a personal favourite of mine. I think there is something beautiful about the sleek lines of that craft and i had several miniature versions when i was younger.
When arrived at our chosen position and setup our camp chairs, my father reminded me to put on the ear defenders we had brought along for my son. I thought he was just being over protective of his Grandson – i was wrong – at that moment the Eurofighters started rolling along the runway towards us. I just couldnt believe the noise, that is one loud aeroplane.
A couple of photos of the Eurofighter in the air
Next was the Red Arrows display team, one man down due to a bad accident last year, but absolutely amazing nonetheless.
The end of the show spectacle was a fantastic flyover by a WWII Lancaster bomber, A Spitfire and a Hurricane:
All in all a fantastic day. This was my first time at the Leuchars Airshow and sadly it will be my last – i didnt realise what a great day it was until the final one!