(Reading time: 3 - 5 minutes)

CIAF 2008Where? Brno, Czech Republic
When? 6-7/09/08

The CIAF (Czech International Air Fest) celebrated ist 15th anniversary in 2008. After having started at the then still military airfield Hradec Kralove it moved in 2003 to the civil airport of Brno, around 200km south-east of Prague. In its anniversary year the participation was unfortunately quite low, nevertheless CIAF became a success once again and the trip to the nearby Czech Republic was once again very worthwhile.

hmmmmm... Czech beer!Arriving at the airport a first view towards the static display revealed the lack of any highlight on the ground and the row of aircraft showed major gaps, with the second one usually line-up on the opposite side of the taxiway completely missing. But nevertheless all the special coloured aircraft of the Czech Air Force (CzAF), the An-26, L-39 and L-159A, were present as well as a nice collection of Eastern-built helicopters.

L-159 ALCA static displayTraditionally the flying display was inaugurated at 11am with the fly-by of the CzAF, a time around which a big part of the spectators was already sitting down, having a tasty sausage and a draft of the famous Czech beer.
Two 3-ship formations of Mi-24 combat helicopters arrived, followed by 3 L-39, twice 3 L-159 and a three-ship of Gripens. On Sunday the fly-by was completed by the Airbus A319. Furthermore parachutists were jumping out of an An-26, but the aircraft was only seen high above the airfield, and Mi-171 were missing in the air.

Czech Air Force - Formation Fly-By

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open
click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

Of all the participating aircraft three Mi-24s were hovering along the runway until on of the Gripens, which was later presented in a solo display, came in to land at the airfield as well as two of the L-159A ALCAs separated from the group and performed an impressive airfield attack demo with a heavy use of pyrotechnics on the ground.

L-159A ALCA - Airfield Attack

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

Saab JAS-39C Gripen - Solo Display

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

Mil Mi-24V-  Solo Display

click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open ---- click to open

 

recently published

O-1E Bird Dog

(Reading time: 2 - 3 minutes)

Cessna O-1 Bird Dog air-air photography
Where? Hahnweide, Germany
When? September 2016

Flying low over the jungle on tree top level the exploits of the Cessna O-1E Bird Dog in South East Asia are legendary. However, this venerable warbird is maybe one of the lesser known and unglamorous aircraft types flown during the Vietnam War, being manned by USAF and South Vietnamese pilots. Nevertheless some of the Bird Dog’s relive a renaissance today, as they are a cheap and affordable warbird, and a joy to fly!

Read more ...

more Airshows

Chino "Planes of Fame" Airshow 2013

(Reading time: 2 - 4 minutes)

Chino  Planes of Fame Airshow 2013 - PoF - P-38 Lightning strikes Chino

Where? Chino, California, USA
When? 04-05/05/2013

The "Planes of Fame" annual airshow at Chino can surely be rated as one of America's premiere warbird airshows. This is owned to the great collection of flyable warbirds of the "Planes of Fame" itself, and to the many interesting visitors that are attracted by this event. 2013 for example saw the outstanding happening of 5 Lockheed P-38 Lightning flying together in the air.

Read more ...

more Air-Air

Piper Cub

(Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes)

Piper Cub air-air - Flugaufnahmen

Piper Cub D-EJGI

On a very nice summer day in 2006 I had the opportunity to have a nice photoflight with the Piper Cub D-EJGI.
After a long day of work getting up in the air was a very nice way to end the day, therefore we met with Hans, who was going to be my pilot on this flight, not very long before sunset. After the preparation of both aircraft we made our briefing, talked about safety, formations, flying directions before taking off from Manching.

Read more ...

Twitter feed

My Warbird Book

photos on www.airfighters.com

More photos