An excellent line-up of display aircraft and
teams are always the order of the day on the Luchtmachtdagen. On the line-up
were the Frecce Tricolori, Patrouille de France, the Red Arrows and Turkish
Stars. Some of the solo display acts attending were the Spanish Eurofighter,
Belgian F-16, Slowak Mig-29, Czech Gripen and Hind next to the Dutch Apache.
On the Saturday two surprises were organized, a KLM Airbus A-330 guided
by two F-16s, and a very last performance by the Martinair Cargo MD-11.
The undoubted highlight of the show was the first public presentation
in Europe of the JSF, aka the F-35. This is the latest fifth generation
fighter from the Lockheed Martin stable. The two first Dutch F-35 examples
had indeed arrived in Holland only two weeks before and they featured
prominently in the massive air power demonstration and also in a few unique
formation fly-bys; one a three ship with a Spitfire and an F-16.
Bronco Demo Team was present in the static
display with the Skyvan, which had been involved in photographing many
of the arrivals over the magnificent Vliehorst range. We also brought
our merchandising stand and were pleased to see and talk to many of visitors.
Interest from the 280.000 people attending over the two days was wide
and very supportive, keeping us very busy indeed.
With special thanks to Ed de Bruijn and Mike at Texel.