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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:03 pm

Okay... 4th time trying as Google Chrome is fucking stupid and keeps crashing.

Hopefully I will get a couple of pictures on here eventually.

Theme this year was future air power.... so lots of fast jets. Also, quite a lot of the same type but the differing weather meant differing displays as they went between flat, rolling and full variations.
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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:07 pm

First, F16's from the Polish, Belgian, Greek and Turkish air arms. Lots of good paint jobs!

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:09 pm

Cool. So that's in England or Belgium?

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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:10 pm

Another front line jet displayed by the Italians, British and Spanish air forces with an additional display by the manufacturer. That is the one with the full load out under the wings. Also notice the static versions from ze Germans!

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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:13 pm

First display team, this one from Figgy's neck of the woods, the Italian display team Frece Tricolori

While the display team are good, special mention always goes to the commentator who is very entertaining. His last year this year so hopefully they find someone as fun.

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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:15 pm

RAF display of the mighty Chinook. I should take a video of this one day so you can see how they throw it around and to hear the 'blade slap' between the 2 rotor blades.

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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:20 pm

Quick trip to the static display section

Tornado GR4

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Swedish SaaB Gripen

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Pakistani and RAF C-130 Hercules

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U.S F-15 Eagle

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Australian transport aircraft... only beaten by distance travelled by New Zealand. Special mention to Japan for their contributions.

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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:34 pm

Back to fast jets and what one of the stars, the USAF F-22 Raptor. One of 2 planes that truly looks like the next generation of aircraft. Looks a beast and flies like one too!

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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:37 pm

Couple of the Dutch Apache, unusually not painted up in tiger colours.

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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:38 pm

Only heavy in the display and impressive as ever. A400M, displayed by the manufacturer and static from the German airforce.

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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:44 pm

Quick cameo from the Breitling Wing Walkers.

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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:46 pm

Back to fast jets, MiG 29 from the Polish airforce.

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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:49 pm

The big draw this year was the European debut of the F-35 lightning. Below is the F35B which is the short take off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant that will operate from the U.Ks 2 new aircraft carriers and various other air arms such as the US Marines.

Anyone who knows the harrier jump jet, this is the 21st century version of that.

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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:52 pm

Special fly past which was due to include a vintage P51 Mustang, however weather meant that couldn't fly.

The F22 from earlier with an F35A model... this one cant do the jump jet shenanigans but has other advantages like longer range, bigger possible weapons load etc.

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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:53 pm

Back to props... but the odd one out. V-22 Osprey which can act like a helicopter or a plane by rotating its blades.

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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:55 pm

Second display of the show from the Red Arrows. Love them!

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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:56 pm

Good role demo from the French Ramex Delta display team with the Mirage 2000 aircraft. This is their last year.

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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:57 pm

Nice noisy display from the F/A-18 Hornet. I believe a US Navy version displayed by the manufacturer.

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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:59 pm

Final picture from the set piece of the display. Red Arrows with a Eurofighter Typhoon and F35 Lightning.

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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:59 pm

Forest Shepherd wrote:Cool. So that's in England or Belgium?

Hi Forest.

It is RAF Fairford in the U.K.
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Post by Mrs Figg on Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:11 pm

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Post by halfwise on Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:34 pm

Why was one of the F35s flying with the cockpit hatch open?

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:39 pm

{{{Never mind that- a eurojet?! I thought they were a hugely expensive disaster that had been scrapped? We actually built some?

Cracking pictures though Lance  Thumbs Up  especially the in flight stuff, that must be hard to get with any clarity}}}

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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:28 pm

halfwise wrote:Why was one of the F35s flying with the cockpit hatch open?

Hi halfy.

No, the top and bottom open up when it goes in to hover to keep the engine cool. You can see the same bits open in the picture of it on the ground.
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Post by Lancebloke on Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:29 pm

Pettytyrant101 wrote:{{{Never mind that- a eurojet?! I thought they were a hugely expensive disaster that had been scrapped? We actually built some?

Cracking pictures though Lance  Thumbs Up  especially the in flight stuff, that must be hard to get with any clarity}}}

Thanks!

The Typhoon has been in service for a long time now. They were more expensive than the government told us at first... but then isn't everything.
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