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Luchtmachtdagen Leeuwarden AB,   11 June 2016

After one year of absence the Luchtmachtdagen were held again this year. Over two days a record breaking total of 280.000 spectators visited Leeuwarden AB to watch demonstrations in the air and on the ground. In the early morning on Saturday the organization advised not to come to Leeuwarden because of the heavy traffic jams.


The stars of the show were unmistakenly the two F-35A's of the Royal Netherlands Air Force which arrived at Leeuwarden in the weeks prior the event. Both aircraft participated in the Air Power Display along side the F-16's, Chinooks, Apaches and transport aircraft. It was the very first time the F-35 participated in such a demonstration around the world. Due to the humidity the F-35's produced shock waves during some of the impressive passes. After the display both aircraft were parked at the static display, so people could take a closer look.


Other highlights of this years event were the displays of the Slovak MiG-29, the Spanish EF2000 and the Black Cats display team flying the new Wildcat helicopters.   (Click here for a log) 



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