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Nyutabaru Airshow 2009

Where? Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan
When?
06/12/2009

Nyutabaru, Sunday morning, 6h30… Masses of cars are already queuing to get on the parking places, and even the first enthusiast are on their way to the south side of the airfield, carrying their stepladders and camera equipment.
It is time again for the Nyutabaru Airshow, amongst Japanese fans regarded as JASDF's premier airshow. But unfortunately this year the highlight of every show, the colourful F-15s of the Aggressor Squadron have to stay on the ground due to a grounding of the whole F-15 due to a landing mishap the previous Friday at Komatsu.

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Tsuiki Airshow 2009

Where? Tsuiki AB, Japan
When? 29/11/2009

Loads of rain pouring down from a grey sky, that was the Tsuiki Airshow in 2005 – and unfortunately 2009 should not be that different. However the day started with a nice sunrise, the symbol of the Japanese flag gleaming through a thin layer of clouds on the horizon. It was at around 7:30am that the opening flight started with a formation of a T-4, F-15 and F-2, circling above the heads of the people that were still waiting outside while the jets performed well and were being illuminated by the rising sun.

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Edwards Flight Test Nation 2009

Where? Edwards AFB, California
When? 17/10/2009

Flight Test Nation 2009 astounded 225,000 visitors from across the world as they got the opportunity to see some of the nation's newest aircraft along with various historical ones. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the X-15, FTN-09 was the first Air Show hosted by Team Edwards since 2006.

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Israel AF Academy Graduation Course #158

Where? Hatzerim AFB, Israel
When?
25/06/2009

A unique and rarely offered possibility to see the aircraft of the Israeli Defence Forces / Air Force (IDF/AF) in action is the chance to attend the annual graduation ceremony of future IDF/AF pilots at the end of June. Scheduled shortly before sunset this event focuses of course on the achievements of the young graduates to gain their wings and the celebration by their families and friends. But the airpower demonstration remains also an important part of this venue, proudly showing the IDF/AFs strength in the sky.

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JG71 Richthofen - 50 years

Where? Wittmund AFB
When? 05/06/2009

Due to orders by the higher command of the Luftwaffe, flying displays of their aircraft are not allowed anymore. Thus the only possibility of the wings to represent themselves to the public is by Open Doors or other similar events. And the aircraft enthusiast is eagerly waiting for one of those rare chances to attend a "Photoday", regularly organized by the different wings.

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Flying Legends 2009 - Duxford

Where? Duxford, Cambridgeshire
When?
11-12/07/2009

Though many aircraft of the "The Fighter Collection" (TFC) were grounded this year, the Flying Legends Airshow 2009 offered many stunning views and was rated by many amongst the best events ever that Duxford airfield saw in its long history. Not for nothing this might be owed to the very first sighting of a formation flight of a Messerschmitt 109 and a Focke-Wulff 190 after many, many years...

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La Ferte-Alais 2009

Where? La Ferté-Alais / Aerodrome de Cerny
When?
31/05 - 01/06/2009

Though the airshow season is not over yet, the event at La Ferté-Alais can surely be rated amongst the top shows of the year. This is not only due to perfect weather, but also due to a perfect mixed of some of the finest flying that you can imagine of aircraft from all eras.

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30 years KHR26 "Franken"

Where? Roth, Bavaria
When?
05/07/2009

The Kampfhubschrauberregiment (KHR) 26 was founded in 1979 and received its first Bo 105 helicopters one year later, the same type which they are still flying today. The Open Doors Day at Roth (Franken/Northern Bavaria) was fully focused on the German Army Aviation with nearly every type of their inventory also present for the flight demonstrations:

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90 years of Czechoslovakian AF - Caslav AFB

Where? Caslav AFB, Czech Republic
When? 23/05/2009

Time to celebrate! 2008 marked the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Czechoslovak Air Force. And this was the main theme for this year's airshow at at Czech's only remaining fighter airbase Caslav, around 1 driving hour East of Prague. The programm was mainly focused on the country's own aircraft, which was also due to the meager participation of foreign nations.

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Reims Airshow Meeting 2009

Where? Reims, BA112 - France
When?
27-28/07/2009

The Meeting du Centenaire – "Meeting of the Centennial" – was announced as a big celebration of the first airshow held at Reims in August 1909, celebrated at the location that is today the airbase BA112 of the French Air Force. Additionally to this reason it was also the last meeting at this airbase which is due to close in 2011.

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Plasy Airshow

Where? Plasy, Czech Republic
When?
01-02/05/2009

The airshow at Plasy was my personal season opening airshow in 2009. Located north of Plzen, Czech Republic, it offered a good reason to go for one day not mainly due to the flying program, but also due to the other specialities that this part of the Czech Republic has to offer.

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Meiringen WK 2017

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Meiringen Swiss Air Force WK 2017
Where? Meiringen, Switzerland
When? March 2017

Alpine Base Meiringen offers a gorgeous setting The airfield is nestled in a small valley in central Switzerland in the canton of Bern. Surrounded by mountains that partly rise up vertically for several hundred meters it is challenging flying terrain, but provides plenty of photo opportunities. Meiringen is the home of the Swiss Air Force's Fliegerstaffel 11 "Tigers", one of Switzerland three F/A-18 Hornet Squadrons, and is also home to the militia Squadron 8 "Destructors" ("Vandalos"), flying the F-5E Tiger II.

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Aeromiting Batajnica 2012
Where? Belgrade, Serbia
When? 02/09/2012

The flight back from the 100th anniversary Air Show of the Serbian AIr Force from Batjanica was with mixed emotions. There were some very rare and unique aircraft and presentations to see, as a 'dogfight' between a MiG-21 and two MiG-29s, or local build and rare types such as the Orao and the Super Galeb.

 

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CASA 1.131 D-EIWW

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Casa 1.131 D-EIWW air-air

Where? Northern Bavaria
When?
August 2007

The CASA 1.131-E is the licence-build Spanish version of the Bücker Bü 131 Jungmann. Around 550 aircraft were build in Spain from 1938 until the 1960s and served primarily as an initial trainer aircraft for new Spanish AF pilots. The type stayed within the Spanish AF with the military designation E-3B until 1986, thus making it the longest Jungmann-flying Air Force in the world – with an astonishing service time of 50 years!

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