Kecskemet Air Show - Hungarian AF
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The show started really early, opening he gates at 7am! And the Hungarians also get up that early to attend the event, which leads to queues in front of the entry gates already an hour before. Getting in I was really surprised by the huge area and there were stands and aircraft parked everywhere. Fortunately I have had some friends with me that have been to the show before and that led me to some good vantage points for photography. Arriving there early was really necessary because the field filled up really fast. One reason for this might have been the bad weather forecast for the following day. People got in and settled down everywhere with their covers, chairs and picnic stuff, making getting around in the front rows quite difficult. And fortunately I have taken a ladder with me as a 2m high fence blocked the sight on the taxi- and runways.
Hand in hand with the early entry the first aircraft already took off at 0830 and were another welcomed surprise after the Hind the day before: two special coloured L-39s, whose presence has not been known before, lined up and took off to get out and escort the arriving DC-6 to the show together with the two Czech L-159A ALCA and L-159B. However one of the L-39s returned earlier, presumably due to a technical problem, and was not seen anywhere again during the rest of the week-end.
Hungarian Air Force / Magyar Légierö - L-39
In the morning mainly the HunAF presented their displays that started with a mass fly-by, led by a Mi-8 carrying the Hungarian flag and being escorted by two Mi-24s. Following were 3 Yak-52s that are used in Hungary for the first pilot trainings and then came two An-26s, each of them escorted by two L-39s respectively MiG-29s.
The final part was a 7-ship of their newly acquired Gripens, clearly presenting the high state of readiness of this new fighter regarding the fact that currently 12 aircraft are in service. As Kecskemet is Hungary’s only jet aircraft base all of the jets had to take off from there, giving some really nice opportunities for photography.
Besides the fly-bys some aircraft were also displayed during solo routines, a Yak-52, the Gripen and the Hind in the morning together with some kind of airpower demo consisting out of a Mi-8 and two Mi-24s circling around and firing. Unfortunately I have been to far away and unable to understand the Hungarian commentary in order to give some more information about the happening. The solo Hungarian aircraft not displaying in the morning was the MiG-29 as it waited until later in the afternoon to show its performance in style!
Solo Displays - Mi-24