(Reading time: 3 - 6 minutes)

NLD 2008 - PiestanyWhere? Piestany, Slovak Republic
When? 14-15/06/2008

An airshow in a spa town? That seems to be a highly unlikely combination, but it can be possible as proved recently in Slovakia. The 2. Národné Letecké Dni (National Air Day) was held on June, 14.-15. 2008 and attracted quite some people at this former Slovak Air Force training base.

 

the National Anthem was played as wellPiestany is located nearly a one hour drive north-east of Slovakia's capital Bratislava and the NLD can be seen as the replacement of the highly successful SIAD (Slovak Int'l Air Display). SIAD had to be moved from Bratislava airport due to the increasing traffic there, but never really revived once it was cancelled for the first time.

nice views ;)In the second edition of the NLD the emphasis was clearly based on 'National', as the flying consisted nearly exclusively of Slovak Air Force (SlAF) aircraft and a Czech Gripen and L-159A aircraft. Adding to this only one foreign jet, a Hungarian L-39, could be found in the static display. On the first view kind of disappointment, but the great flying and the smoke of some MiG-29s in the air nothing but a distant memory.

The morning began with a massive - at least it was a huge part of the inventory of the SlAF - fly-past of 3x Mi-17, 3x Mi-24, 3x L-410, 3x L-39 and 3x MiG-29 that performed a nice split at the end of the runway. The missing type in the inventory of the SlAF, an An-26 served some parachutist shortly afterwards.

Fly-By of the Slovak Air Force - Helicopter Mi-17 & Mi-24

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

3-ship formations of L-410 & L-39

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

3-ship of MiG-29 & An-26 with parachutists

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

The Slovak MiG-29 was seen later on in a Solo Display with a lot of turning&burning around the airfield, though missing the flares that I was still used from my last visit to the SIAD in 2004. Another jet display was the one of the L-39, making the most out of its performance during the display.

MiG-29 - Solo Display

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

L-39 Solo Display

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

At the end of the day the MiGs arrived once again from their homebase Sliac in order to present an Interception Exercise. The intruder was provided by a SlAF An-26, which was forced to land at Piestany after a fly-by in formation with the two MiG-29s, including the Tiger MiG-29UB(S) '1303'. While is was coming in to land the MiGs continued to circle around and make some noise:

Interception Exercise - An-26 & 2x MiG-29

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

Hatzerim Airshow

(Reading time: 3 - 5 minutes)

Hatzerim Graduation Ceremony #162 / 2011

Where? Hatzerim AB, Israel
When? June 2011

Once again there was the chance in 2011 to visit the graduation ceremony of the Israeli Air Force's (IAF) Pilot Training Course in Hatzerim. This year it was course #162 and the aerial performers did change a bit compared to the last visit in 2009.

Read more ...

more Air-Air

NH90 Delivery Flight

(Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes)

NH90 Delivery Flight

Where? Donauwörth, Eurocopter site
When? 15/12/2006

The first three next-generation NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopters (TTH) were handed over to the German Army at Eurocopter’s Donauwörth facility in the presence of a large group of guests from the German Federal Ministry of Defence, the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement, NAHEMA (NATO HElicopter Management Agency) as well as the German Army on December 13th, 2006.

Read more ...

Twitter feed

My Warbird Book

photos on www.airfighters.com

More photos