DATE: 10 September 2011
LOCATION: RAF Leuchars, Fife, Scotland.
ORIGINATOR: Air Commodore Harry Atkinson, Air Officer Scotland
CAPTION: Three 6 Sqn Typhoon Aircraft take the final flypast in the Sunset Parade. The Battle of Britain Airshow was held at RAF Leuchars in Scotland on 10 September 2011. It was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the Royal Air Force, to meet its men and women, and to see close up the aircraft used to provide Air Power at home and overseas.
This years event with the theme of Defending the Skies: Past, Present and Future is a centenary celebration marking 100 years of military aviation in North East Fife. It began in 1911 with the Royal Engineers launching balloons in Tentsmuir Forest and continues today with the Typhoon aircraft of Number 6 Squadron maintaining the Quick Reaction Alert (Interceptor) North mission from RAF Leuchars.
Supporting themes this year include Current Operations with many RAF personnel based in Scotland deployed to support operations such as in Afghanistan, Libya and the Falkland Islands.
In addition the Typhoon aircraft, the RAF’s defining capability; the operational worth of this highly capable aircraft has been demonstrated not only in its QRA role protecting the UK and Falkland Islands, but also in its first combat missions overseas in Libya.
PHOTOGRAPHER: SAC Tim White
For further information contact the RAF Leuchars Media Communications Officer on (+44) 01334 857700, or SNCO IC Photographic RAF Leuchars on (+44) 01334 857376.
Crown Copyright 2011, Unclassified.