Leeuwarden Airshow 2006         

 

 
Foto: Ron KellenaersLeeuwarden 16June06: After enjoying a couple off beautifull day´s at work on monday till wednesday. We went to the ´Koninklijke Luchtmacht´ Open Day at Leeuwarden. The weather was dark and cold. Upon arriving at the airflield a very small static show of only 9 fighter aircraft awaited us, were are all the other  promised aircraft? Anyway we rushed to the fence to have a good spot. 

The fenceline was nicely set up and rather close to the runway. In the distance even some bleu spots could be seen in the main grey cloudbase. Unfortunelately the weather stayed cold and grey all day long. So no sunny shots on this day.. First aircraft to take off were a pair of Hunters wich did their show. This was followed by a whole range of aircraft including an tactical demo of a C-130J, an demo of a dutch Chinook, F-16, PC-7. But the airshow organisation had pinned all their hopes on the demonstration teams... 

After seeing the Patrouile The France, Red Arrows, Patrouille de Suisse, Asas the Portugal it became very boring to see all the teams. The Spanish F/A-18 demo was a welcome solo display and did a great job. 

Foto: Ron KellenaersAt noon the Red Arrows and the Bleu Angels were starting up for a formation flight as a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the Bleu Angels. This resulted in a -never to be seen- formation of the Bleus and the Reds in one large formation. Very impressive. Also very impressive were a couple of flybys of an ultralight in formation with some Geese. Birds and man joined together in the air... 

 

The highlight of the show were the US Navy demonstration team "The Bleu Angels" and their support aircraft, The C-130 ''Fat Albert''. The C-130 took off first with an amazingly low take off and a great show with an even more impressive short landing! After the demo of Fat Albert the Dutch Air traffic contollers handed over the controls to the Bleu Angels and they were up for their display. The Bleu Angels lined up and took off. On take off, Angel 6 blew a tire and  returned to the base for a precautionary landing. The numer 6 landed on RWY06 with an arrested landing. All went well and the pilot was rushed to the spare aircraft and the show went on. 

All in all it was a great day, but with far too many demoteams and no really spectaculair events. Why not let an F-16 do a high speed pass close to the soundbarrier and close to the public? Wy can the Bleu Angels fly over the public line while this area is off limits for all other teams??? 

Were are the good old days?? 

 

 

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Foto's By: Ron Kellenaers and Ralf Joosten  

 

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Mig-21M in front of a NATO shelter... Foto: Ron Kellenaers

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F-16 from Modellflyingclub "Apollo". Foto: Ron Kellenaers

Another P149 taxiing on November. Foto: Ron Kellenaers

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