Aircraft enthusiasts from all over Europe visited Leeuwarden AB in the Netherlands, in the weekend of 16-17 June, for the first appearance in over twelve years of the US Navy demo team The Blue Angels. On Friday there was a small incident with a blown tire during take-off of Angel number 5, which delayed the show a bid, Saturday everything wend fine including the weather.
Like every year, Aviamagazine.com was present during both days of the Royal Netherlands Air Force Open days. Check out our 4 page special with the highlights including the spectacular JATO start of Blue Angels Fat Albert.
The static show includes some special visitors. For the first time in the Netherlands, the Polish Air Arms were present with a former German MiG-29. Other first appearance includes a Czech JAS-39 Grippen and a now operational German Eurofighter. The Royal Navy crossed the canal with a brand new HM1 Merlin, also a first for a Dutch airshow.
ZA166/16, Sea King
RS05, Sea King
Read on in our next part including the airshow, The Blue Angels and some special arrival & departure days photo's.