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Local Air Show


morddwyd

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For the first time since I left the RAF I would like to go back.

According to a local report

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/News/Fife/article/24843/organisers-promise-leuchars-airshow-will-be-typhoon-tastic.html

" aircraft from one, two, three, four, five and six squadrons line up on the Tarmac." at Leauchars this weekend.

Certainly not something I saw in the whole of my career, and I should think pretty much a one-off.

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Quickbeam

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I also remember one year on a cloudless humid day when the Lightning did it's stuff which basically consisted of lots of fast flypasts just below the sound barrier (early H&S?) with multiple vapour bursts boiling of the fuselage. It finished with a full bore vertical climb that had everyone looking into the blue as it became an even smaller black dot, and the sound of it climbing still went on and on, even after it became invisible, we were all still looking up into the blue. Then there was a flash in the sky as the sun glinted on it when it levelled out and the sound of the sound continued back down to us for a moment longer.

The next plane came in and did it's stuff, 10/12 minutes later they announced that our lightning had just arrived at RAF Leachars after a full speed flight up the North Sea.

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morddwyd

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"basically consisted of lots of fast flypasts just below the sound barrier (early H&S?)"

What in God's name has that got to do with Health & Safety?

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morddwyd

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spider9

Don't know where you're travelling from but be aware that the police are insisting that the general public uses Park and Ride,"which could add considerable time to their overall journey".

If you try to get near the airfield you will be turned away.

http://www.fife.police.uk/Default.aspx?page=7099

You may want to allow a bit of extra time!

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sunnypete

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morddwyd, much too far away...(had the impression you were West Country)...

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Quickbeam

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"What in God's name has that got to do with Health & Safety?"

Well don't you think that if they were allowed to do supersonic flypasts now, someone would say you should be issued with a pair of ear defenders on entry...?

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morddwyd

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Supersonic flypasts, or any other sort of supersonic flying over land, was prohibited a long time before 1974., because of the damage to property, particularly greenhouses and stained glass in churches.

The only time it is allowed now is in an emergency, such as a genuine QRA alert, and by genuine I mean a fast unidentified aircraft, not some Russian Bear they've been tracking for 800 miles.

Any pilot who causes a pressure wave now will find his log book endorsed.

The only ones I've heard since the 60's have been from aircraft on their way down without a live pilot.

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Quickbeam

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But they were fun! I remember, just, as a 5/6 year old going to Biggin Hill in the early 60's when we lived in Bromley and being terrified as sonic booms galore were the norm at an airshow:)

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spider9

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morddwyd

Thanks, we'll be staying at St Andrews tonight, and are aware of 'Park & Ride' - but very grateful you took the trouble to advise. Cheers.

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morddwyd

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Probably too late for you now, but one of the PnRs is within walking distance of At Andrews.

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spider9

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morddwyd

We drove onto our booked on-site parking at 8am without any holdup, and had a great day (I should stress only the kids were excited - we adults weren't - much!!). Lots for the nippers to do and see, the air displays were excellent, some of the snacks, exorbitant (but only to be expected). Roll on next year when I rashly promised to do it all over again...

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