The 2010 Luxemburg airshow was held across the boarder at Bitburg, Germany – a former front-line NATO base used during the Cold War. The line up was truly international, with most display aircraft coming from France, Germany and Switzerland including many types and teams that rarely make it across the Channel to UK, like the only flying PZL-106 Kruk ‘Raven’ Ag-plane in Europe, Junkers Ju52 and Noratlas Nord2501 transports.
Ian Gallacher traded Pawnee for Twister and ferried G-RIOT to Germany for his first ever flight across the Channel to allow Guy to aerotow the Swift Team’s glider to the show.
Due to the tragic accident at Ramstein in 1988, German airshow restrictions are extremely restrictive with formation aerobatics limited to 500ft and distant display lines but despite the Twisters diminutive size, we filled the sky with movement and smoke in perfect blue skies, watched by Matthias Strieker, the Twister’s designer who brought his latest Twister #20 over from Paderborn-Haxterberg to enjoy the show.
Crowd numbers were down on Sunday, perhaps due to the scorching weather forecast but more likely the German-English football match of the World cup?