Last Friday I attended the "Midnight Sun Military Show" on Bardufoss AFB, home to a large percentage of the RNoAFs helicopters (12x Bell 412SPs from 339 Sqd. and 6x Lynx Mk.86 from 337 Sqd.). Additionally several Bell 412SPs came from the southern part of Norway from the dedicated spec-ops squadron of 720 Sqd. Some F-16s (both AM and BM) came from 331 Sqd. at Bodø AFB, Hercules from 335 Sqd. at Gardemoen AFB, and Orion from 333 Sqd. at Andøya AFB also attended.
Additionally, a Tornado IDS from Germany ([SIZE=-1]Jagdbombergeschwader 31 "Boelcke") [/SIZE]and the UK (No 31 Sqd. "Goldstars") each came along, together with a RAF Commando and Puma.
Then we have all the civilian planes and helicopters attending. I'm not that interesting in general and commercial aviation, so I didn't get all the types present.
However, not far away from Bardufoss AFB, one of the largest concentration of Norwegian armored forces is stationed. They performed a nice little coordinated attack with both CV90s, M113 and infantry dropped out from helicopters.
Ofcourse, an event like this can't possible be compared to the beutiful airshows like RIAT and Flying Legends, but nevertheless, I enjoyed it.
I took around 500-600 pictures, so I will only post the best of them. Anyway, to the pics (I will post them in low-res so I don't have to use spoilertags):
RNoAF C-130H 'Hercules' with special markings from the 335 Sqd. 'Huskies'.
RNoAF formation with 4x SAAB Safari, 5x Lynx Mk86 and 15x Bell 412SP:
RAF Tornado IDS from No 31 Sqd 'Goldstars':
RNoAF F-16AM from 331 Sqd 'Lions'. Note the built in light below to the left of the fuselage. Its custom built on all RNoAF F-16s, and are called the "Russian-light"! ;)
RNoAF Bell 412SP from 339 Sqd. 'Hokus':
Norwegian commando from the Coastal Spec-ops unit:
RNoAF Historical flight DC-3 'Dakota':
Norwegian Army LEGUAN bridgelayer:
RNoAF Lynx Mk86 from 337 Sqd carrying out rescure demonstration from moving truck:
Planting/detonating 'explosives' on the runway:
First Lynx coming in went past the 'terrorists' and supressed them with a sniper firing from the cabin:
The next Lynx dropped counter-terrorist soldiers from the FSK:
The CT-team mopped up the rest of the bad-guys:
Before getting airlifted out in a Bell 412SP (with the Lynx as escort) in a so called 'spider'-pickup:
RNoAF Historical flight DC-3 Dakota in formation with an Harvard from the same "unit":
RNoAF P-3N Orion from 333 Sqd 'The Saints' (note the tailfin) doing a slow-speed pass in the midnight sun:
From Sweden the so-called "Catwalk" team joined us, carrying two woman on its wing:
Airborne in the sun (note the position of the "wing-walkers"):
RNoAF Bell 412SP from 720 Sqd 'Spinners' dropping of a FAC (Forward Air Control) team for the upcoming F-16/LGB demo:
Some nice pyro-technics indicated the LGB (Laser Guided Bomb) hit:
In true 'Nam-style, right after the "bombs" had been dropped, the 412's came in with soldiers:
Then left in a hurry:
Supporting the infantry assault were the cavalary with a group of CV9030s. They stopped right infront of my position to lay down a wall of suppressive fire:
When they got into the battlezone itself, they laid a smokescreen to cover the disembarking infantry:
After the attack was over, the 412's came back to pick up the infantry:
Then the armored coloumn started moving out. CV9030:
Medic M-113 (note the lack of a .50 cal, but still have armed soldiers on top):
The rest of the assault M-113s:
The last M-113 may have been the command-vehicle. Check out the extra power-generator and the tactical flag on the radio-antenna:
Two more F-16s prepares for takeoff. The first on is a two-seater F-16BM, and the last one is a singleseater, F-16AM:
Too bad some evil clouds started covering up the sun, but it atleast makes the afterburner look further impressive!
Both of the F-16s in a tight two-ship formation:
Marking the end of the airshow was every Bell 412SP helicopter attending the airshow (15 out of a total of 18 412's in RNoAF service) to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of 339 Sqd. Following them is a Bird Dog observation plane used as camera plane here. The time was 1AM, so it was too bad the clouds covered up the Midnight Sun.
HOPE YOU ENJOYED THESE PICTURES!
Feel free to ask questions, or request more pictures! :)
As a special bonus, here is a crappy video I took with my camera showing the armored assault:
Master of my own domain
18th July 2003
would it be possible for you to merge those posts? :-p
Who Dares Wins
31st December 2005
Cool pictures there m8.
Jeff is a mean boss
28th July 2002
Knippschildwould it be possible for you to merge those posts? :-p
no......your only allowed 20 images per post, and admin might be able to do it, but im not sure
Those are pretty cool
Master of my own domain
18th July 2003
I know that, STALKER, i was refering to the download link..
08'aIgnorance is not an excuse
28th November 2003
Schweet pics Gaunty! :bows:
Mast3rofPuppetsSchweet pics Gaunty! :bows:
I knew you would like it!
Want anymore CV90 pics?
6th July 2005
Nice pics Gauntlet.
Is a CV90 somekind of tank/troop carrier?