The RAF Leuchars Airshow is the final big RAF event of the display season, and the last RAF Battle of Britain Airshow left on the airshow calendar. It is also the biggest public airshow in Scotland. The 2010 event themed itself around the “RAF Air Defence: Past, Present and Future” and saw displays from a number of iconic RAF fighters as well as paying tribute to the Tornado F3 which was making it’s final appearance at an airshow before retirement in March 2011.
The show enjoyed mixed weather with early heavy rain clearing to leave beautiful cloud dappled skies making for some interesting filming conditions and some stunning vapours effects on some of the high performance types during the display.
Planes TV’s coverage is very comprehensive covering all of the displays. Like the Duxford Battle of Britain Airshow coverage, the DVD uses a mix of post recording voice-over and some live commentary direct from the event PA. This mix works really well conveying the atmosphere of the show.
There are many highlights to the DVD for all tastes. Personal highlights for your reviewer are the special formations of Spitfire, Typhoon and Tornado F3, the Royal Norwegian Air Force Historic Flight Vampire T55, the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight J29 Tunnan and SAAB 105 and the international flying participants.
Onboard footage comes from two Hunter displays – firstly a solo and then the first ever public display by Team Viper with their fourship Hunter display, both of which provide some stunning footage of Leuchars from the air and the beautiful landscape that surrounds it.
The main feature is concluded by the traditional RAF Leuchars Sunset Ceremony complete with Pipes and Drums! This was a particularly poignant ceremony marking the final flying display appearance of the Tornado F3 and the first by a 6(F) Squadron Typhoon – Leuchars newest residents.
Overall, this is a fantastic production for those that did attend, or those who didn’t though for out liking there’s not enough “behind-the-scenes” information or interviews.