Amazing view of Bass Rock as 1930s biplane prepares for air show

The pilot of a Second World War biplane has enjoyed a unique view of Bass Rock as he flew over the East Lothian coast in preparation for a national air show.

Tuesday, 19th July 2016, 11:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th July 2016, 12:32 pm
The Bucker Jungmann was used by the Luftwaffe, Spanish Air Force and Imperial Japanese Army Air Service. Picture: PA

Gavin Hunter was taking the Bucker Jungmann for a practice flight ahead of a display at Scotland’s National Airshow on Saturday.

The 1930s biplane was used by the German Luftwaffe and the Japanese air force during the war, and was also flown by the Spanish military.

Mr Hunter and a friend rebuilt the aircraft after buying it six years ago in Stuttgart, Germany, where it had spent nearly half a century being stored in pieces in a garage.

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Gavin Hunter takes the Bucker Jungmann for a practice flight over the Bass Rock. Picture: PA

Mr Hunter, who has been flying in aerial displays since the early 1990s, said: “It lay for 48 years in the house and we brought it back by lorry and rebuilt it. It’s a vintage aircraft so it needs a lot of attention.

“I’ll be doing basic acrobatic manoeuvres - rolls, loops and spins - on Saturday. It should be good, hopefully the weather will hold out and we’ll have a great crowd.”

He will join the Red Arrows, the RAF’s supersonic Typhoon and an elite Swiss Air Force formation flying team at the air show at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune, East Lothian, on Saturday.

More than 10,000 visitors are expected to attend the annual event, which will also feature displays from Battle of Britain aircraft, a helicopter from the Vietnam war and the Royal Navy’s Wildcat anti-submarine helicopters.

The Red Arrows will also be making an appearance at the air show. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Gavin Hunter takes the Bucker Jungmann for a practice flight over the Bass Rock. Picture: PA
The Red Arrows will also be making an appearance at the air show. Picture: Ian Georgeson