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     'Tornado F3 on standby' (Wikipedia)

RAF Leuchars, in Fife, Scotland, is a fighter base operating the Tornado F3 aircraft. The Tornado F3 will eventually be replaced by Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

An Airshow is usually held in September every year. It is an event with an excellent reputation for a good show with interesting visiting aircraft.

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Leuchars History
Leuchars' association with aviation can be traced back to 1911 with the arrival of the balloon flight of the royal engineers.

Leuchars opened as a RNAS (Royal Naval Air Service) airfield and was used as a shore base for a number of fleet fighters. In 1938, and through the Second World War, Leuchars came under RAF Coastal Command. During this time its squadrons flew anti-submarine, anti-shipping and minelaying sorties using Beaufighters, Beauforts, Hudsons and Mosquitoes.

During 1944, the USAAF flew secret missions from Leuchars using B-24 Liberators and C-47 Skytrains in support of the Norwegian underground movement. In 1950, Leuchars transfered to Fighter Command, operating a succession of fighters like the Meteor, Vampire, Javelin, Hunter, Lightning, and Phantom. A Search and Rescue facility was also set up in 1954.

Today, Leuchars is a QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) station and a Military Emergency Diversion Aerodrome. Tornado F3 fighters of 43 squadron, 111 squadron, and 56(R) squadron are based there. Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrew’s University Air Squadron operate the Tutor T1 and the airfield is also home to an RAF Mountain Rescue Unit and the Air Transportable Surgical Unit.

By 2004 the first Squadron pilots at RAF Coningsby will convert to flying the Eurofighter and the first Squadron will enter service in January 2005, becoming operational that year. RAF Leeming will convert to Eurofighter with 2 Squadrons from 2006-2008 and RAF Leuchars will form 3 Squadrons from 2008-2010.

In September 1945 the Royal Air Force opened the gates of many of its stations to the public to celebrate the victory in the Battle of Britain and World War II. These events, which continued an annually, were known as "Battle of Britain at Home Days". In this 60th anniversary year of the ending of WWII, RAF Leuchars is the last remaining RAF Station to hold this traditional event near to the Battle of Britain weekend.

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Leuchars Air Show 15th September 2012

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Contact Information

Royal Air Force Leuchars
Airshow Office
1 Tutor Road
St Andrews
KY16 0JW For Sat Nav to show: KY16 OJX

Telephone: 01334 839000

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