7th September 2013
until the Air Show
Officially they are the “Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team” based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire. They perform all over the world representing the United Kingdom and entertain audiences with their aerobatics and precision formation flying. They have been flying the Hawk Mk1 in their distinctive red paint scheme since 1980.
The Typhoon Display Team from 29 (Reserve) Squadron, RAF Coningsby will show how the impressive multi-role fighter aircraft employs outstanding manoeuvrability. As the Typhoon Force continues to grow both in terms of size and capability, RAF Leuchars is at the centre of that development being home to 1(Fighter) and 6 squadrons who maintain the Quick Reaction Alert mission for the Northern UK.
D Flight, 202 Squadron, from RAF Lossiemouth will be highlighting the capabilities both in the sky and on the ground of their Search and Rescue Sea King helicopter. The Sea King is at constant readiness and plays a pivotal role in reacting to rescues both at sea and land.
Formed in 1961, the RAF Falcons are widely recognised as the UK’s premier military Parachute Display Team. The team is renowned for their famous eleven person non-contact canopy stack display routine, and landing in quick succession in drop zones as small as 50 square metres.
The Tucano T1 from RAF Linton-on-Ouse will feature a desert camouflage design for the 2013 season; this mirrors the Second World War Spitfire aircraft which was operated by 72 Squadron. The Tucano is used as a workhorse for training fast-jet pilots.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is the RAF's tribute to the aviators of WWII.
One of the most iconic fighters of all time, the Spitfire was the RAF’s first all metal fighter. A total of 20,334 Spitfires were built in 36 separate marks and after 16 years of frontline service it earned its place as one of the most successful fighters ever built. The BBMF currently operates five Spitfires of various marks, including a MkIIA, which saw combat during the Battle of Britain.
A remarkable total of 14,533 Hurricanes were built and the aircraft served operationally on every day throughout hostilities, in every operational theatre and in many roles. At the end of World War Two in 1945, Hurricanes were still in the front-line helping to ensure final victory in the Far East.
The Avro Lancaster is the most famous and successful RAF heavy bomber of World War Two. It is a legend that lives on today and the contribution made by the aircraft and its crews to the freedom of our nation will, hopefully, never be forgotten. Out of the 7377 Lancaster bombers that were built during World War Two, PA474 is one of two remaining aircraft which are still airworthy.
This Strikemaster was imported in 2004 from Oman, and it retains the immaculate grey training colour scheme from its service there. The display will feature high energy aerobatics linked with graceful linking manoeuvres. You will see lots of rolls, loops, barrel rolls, clovers and fast and slow passes. All of this is highlighted by the use of a purpose built smoke system.
Wind: 12.87 km/h