Crowds enjoy thrilling displays of flying at East Fortune

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THOUSANDS of spectators enjoyed thrilling displays of flying skill at Scotland’s National Airshow 2016 at East Fortune, East Lothian, on Saturday.

From the awesome, ear-splitting roar of the RAF’s Typhoon fighter to the WW2-era Swordfish biplane torpedo bomber, there was plenty to keep the crowd entertained.

The RAF Red Arrows display team and a Vietnam-era US military chopper were among the highlights of the show.

The airshow took place at the National Museum of Flight, a former WW2 airbase, now part of the National Museums of Scotland.

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The RAF Red Arrows stunned the crowd with their unique brand of precision flying
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Two Red Arrows’ Hawk jets approach each other at a combined speed in excess of 700mph
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The jets’ smoke trails show the astonishing precision of the team’s flying.
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Two Wildcat helicopters of the Royal Navy’s Black Cats display team

 

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A Fairey Swordfish gave a much quieter and sedate display. But the “Stringbag” was an effective machine of war, crippling the German battleship Bismarck in 1941.
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The RAF Typhoon during its heart-stopping display of raw power combined with agility.

 

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A P51 Mustang bearing the red tail of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel.

 

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A WW2-era Catalina flying boat
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The iconic Bell UH-1 Iroquois, made famous by its widespread use by US forces in Vietnam.

 

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