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La Ferté-Alais MeetingWhere? Aérodrome de Cerny - La Ferté-Alais
When? 26-27/05/2007

The anticipation for this year's trip to the 35ième Fête Aérienne (35th airshow) at La Ferté-Alais was once again very dependent on the weather gods. Whereas the planned line-up for the show was once again excellent and well mixed, the forecasts were very variable depending on the source. But I didn't care about that anyway as everything was fixed well in advance and the participants lists was even more exciting.

FW 190In the beginning it promised even a flight display of a German F-4F Phantom, obviously participating in the Vietnam scenario together with a Bell UH-1D, which was as well from Germany, as well as two French Navy Super Etendards and an E-2C Hawkeye. Unfortunately they did not plan any mixed formation together with the warbirds on site, but in the end that didn't matter as unfortunately none of the promised modern aircraft participated in the show. Furthermore the big highlight, a FW 190, as it was announced on the airshow poster, did not come due to certification issues, as did the Rafale, for which the reason is not known. But fortunately the usual line-up together with some surprises compensates for this.

 

 

Memorial Flight - WW I Scenario

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nice BBQThe warbirds were the common ones of the Amicale Jean Baptiste Salis (AJBS) being display annually during that big event, but they also had a newly rebuild Fokker D VII of the "Memorial Flight". It was up in the air for around 1h before the show already, but unfortunately the wind on the Saturday was to strong and prevented it's take-off. Some variety is always brought in by the participation from Great Britain, which are always good for some nice formation flying as they did this year with the Corsairs of Christophe Jacquard and "Les Ailes de l'Aéro". The Fighter Collection from Duxford participated with the Bearcat, Hawk 75 and Spitfire V.

 

Bearcat & Curtis Hawk

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Spitfire & 2 Hurricanes

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the 'Eastern Front' scenario

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P-40 & Corsairs

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O-1E Bird Dog

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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!

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SIAF 2011 at Sliac

Where? Sliac Airport, Slovakia
When? 27-28/08/2011

After the SIAD and the NLD it was this year that Slovakia's big international airshow came to light as the SIAF. Whereas in recent years the big yearly Slovak Airshow NLD has been held in Slovakia's Western part as Bratislava or Piestany, SIAF chose the Slovak MiG-29 home base Sliac in the Tatra region as the new location – and this was more than one good reason to come back.
Situated in a valley of the Tatra mountain region, Sliac is about a 2h drive from the capital Bratislava, with several picturesque cities nearby that make it easy to spent some nice evenings after the long and exhausting show days.

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HA-200 Saeta

Hispano Aviacion HA-200 "Saeta" D-IWMS

The Hispano Aviacion HA-200 "Saeta" ("Arrow") is one of the last designs fully developed by Willy Messerschmitt. It had its first flight on August, 12th 1955 in Sevilla.
50 years later I have been invited to do an air-air photo session with the only remaining airworthy HA-200 in Germany. It is part of the impressive collection of the "Messerschmitt Stiftung" and operated by EADS from their site in Manching.

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