Posted by & filed under Military/Aircraft, September 17 2008.

Last weekend I went to the the Leuchars Air Show. Unfortunately the day was ruined somewhat by the weather with rain, a low cloudbase and poor visibility meaning that most of the flying displays were cancelled or curtailed.

I did get to see the Eurofighter Typhoon do a short display however, the first time I have seen one of these flying and it was a very impressive sight, flying in an incredibly agile way that I’ve seen no other aircraft do. The wet conditions even added to the display by causing vapour shrouds to form and disperse around the Typhoon giving it a surreal and almost frightening appearance.

The highlight of the day was to have been a flight by the last remaining airworthy Avro Vulcan, and it sat on the runway all day, teasing the crowds with the possibility that it might fly. Eventually, at the end of the day, it started its engines, roared down the runway looking for all the world like an oversized malevolent bat about to fly, raised its nose, but cut the engines just before reaching takeoff speed. It was a gigantic tease but an impressive sight nonethless.

You can see some photos I took on the day on my website here.

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