Apr 122013
 

In my second post I want to tell you about this…

Natodays!

The Airshow is located at the airport near the city of Ostrava in the Czech Republic. This is one of the most popular aviation shows and takes place every year in the European Aviation Calendar. I had been thinking about going there for sometime. When the time finally came, a few of my photographer friends and I got in the car and set off to go there. We had been in Ostrava for 4 days and… I was shocked! Why? Because it was the first time I had ever seen how close to the ground the jets and helicopters were flying. It was a wonderful and unforgettable experience. For the first two days I saw training flights and arrivals of Mirages, F-16’s, F-15’s, “AWACS-es”, government planes and support planes for the jets.

 

The B-52 Stratofortress

During the show we saw for the first and, I guess, the last time, “The BUFF” – Boeing’s B-52 Stratofortress, an American bomber of the “Cold War”. It was a star of the show in Ostrava.

Eurofighter Typhoons

We were treated to two different Eurofighter Typhoon Demos. The first was from the Austrian Airbase at Zelweg

The second Typhoon demo were planes and pilots from Italy’s Air Force. They flew with a smokers:

Solo Spectaculars!

The “Solo Turk” Demo F-16 and the RNLAF “Flying Orange” from Holland gave the most dynamic flights:

  

Then It Was MIG Time!

A Mig-29 in “pixelated” camouflage.

Two Slovakian Mig-29’s staging a “dogfight”.

The French Brought Their Deltas

Mirage 2000N “Ramex Delta” arrived at this show for the first time from France.

 

 

Poland Brought Sukhois

There also was a Polish Air Force element – an “Su-22 Fitter” contingent – with 2 jets giving a dynamic flight show.

Beautiful Birds of Prey

One cannot forget about the dynamic “Spartan” as well as the Mi-17, Mi-24, Black Hawk and Cougar helicopters in a very beautiful segment of the show.

 

 Czech Air Force L-159 ALCA’s

 

A Boeing Tanker flown by the French Air Force

The Red Bull Mitchell Bomber

Sunset Shows

At the end of each day of the weekend we were able to admire The Royal Air Force “Red Arrows”.

“Nowhere else will you see the planes flying so close. Nowhere else this close to the rotating propellers… Nowhere else will you see afterburner flames so near as they flash low over you!” 

The show in Ostrava will always be on my mind!

Tomaszi

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