Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Serge Van Heertum, Bruno Ghils & Pierre Taquet - Translation: Marc Arys  sbap 2016
 

Two years already since the last edition of this gigantic airshow put together by the Netherlands Air Force. This year Leeuwarden airbase, located in Friesland in northern Holland, was chosen to host this must-go-to event.
Indeed, the organizers always achieve to have some special visitors and the undisputed stars of these two days were, do we need to mention them, the first pair of F-35 Lightning II in the colours of the Orange-Nassau Family being flown straight in from their homebase Eglin in Florida, USA. Their arrival at Leeuwarden attracted thousands of curious persons, spotters and other photographers. For those who were not able to make it on that particular day, they had the opportunity to watch them fly during the airshow. And this was certainly succesfull as around some 280.000 visitors were counted during these two airshow days. Unbelievable but true !
A few days before the show there was still an uncertainty to see 
these machines in action, but finally the decision was taken and it was the right one. The ultramodern fighters were integrated in the show 
by excellence, which is also the signature of the Dutch Air Force, their fabulous Power Demo.
Rather focused on air strikes, the two 'beasts' took part offering various strike passes of which some were at high speed visualizing the transsonic condensation vapours. In short a magnificent show with great pyrotechnical effects and flares despite uncertain and grey skies.

The remainder of the airshow lived also up to the expectations with warbirds, helicopter displays including the "Black Cats" of the Royal Navy with their new mount, jet solo-display routines from Spain, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belgium and of course the renowned aerobatical teams such as the Patrouille de France, the Red Arrows, the Frecce Tricolori, the Turkish Stars and our no less thundering Belgian Red Devils.
Noteworthy is the accident which affected the Patrouille Suisse during the rehearsals on Thursday, where apparently two aircraft collided forcing one pilot to eject and destroying the plane. Luckily no one suffered injuries.
In short, this awaited airshow was once again a great success and one can certainly say the Dutch people were present 'en masse' to discover, with some evident pride, the new jewel of the aeronautical industries which will very soon equip the operational squadrons of the Koninklijke Luchtmacht - KLU (Royal Netherlands Air Force).
In those times where terrorism is very actual, the authorities filtered perfectly the visitors, everone without any exception having his equipment searched all in good mood and without any glitches.
We would like to thank the KLU authorities and the airbase of Leeuwarden for this perfect organisation. The only one to blame being Mister Meteo and his frog ;-)

 
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POWER DEMONSTRATION...F35A LIGHTNING II DEBUT
 
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WARBIRDS
 
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HELICOPTER DISPLAY
 
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SOLO DISPLAY
 
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INTERNATIONAL AEROBATIC TEAMS
 
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AMBIANCE...
 
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