The following presentations after midday followed the plot of the morning with a good mix of civil and military aircraft taking to the skies. Especially the rescue demo of a civil EC135 and the formation presentation of the Antonov An-2 of the "Heritage of the Flying Legends" need to be mentioned here.
To present the remaining types of its inventory the Czech Armed Forces still presented the L-159 and L-39 solo demos as well as another routine of the Mi-24 team and flew all types of the CLV training centre from Pardubice, consisting of a EV-97 Ultralight, Let L-410, Zlin Z-142 and the sole remaining Mi-2 helicopter.
For the military enthusiasts the Slovak MiG-29 stole the show: the single-seater in 'digital' camouflage was foreseen for the flight display, whereas the Tiger twin-seater MiG-29UBS was prepared for the static display. During the arrival on Friday and the departure on Sunday however, both jets were showing off nice formation flying, tracing the characteristic black smoke plumes behind.
The main highlight of the show for most of the visitors followed in the afternoon with the 7 special coloured L-39 Albatrosses of the Breitling Jet Team. Its display with seven jets obviously surpassed the presentation of the Royal Jordanian Falcons flying four Extra 300L aircraft, however the latter team was awarded the best display performance during the event.
After the Breitling Team most of the visitors made their way home and it was up to a Zlin Z-37 and the departures of some of the visiting aircraft to close the event at around 5pm.
Before the show started I took the chance on Friday to have a look at the fly-in which proved to be a good idea as most of the jets that disappereard in the static display for the week-end could be photographed quite well:
And to conclude here are some photos of the static display that was very difficult to photograph:
But after all CIAF 2010 was once again a nice event, though the announced Tiger meet did not bring the expected masses of special coloured aircraft to Hradec Kralove. Surely the fact of the civil airport helps the easiness of the event, but on the other side it became quite obvious by the sparse participation of foreign nations in the static display that the 'NATO day' event in Ostrava only two weeks later made many decision makers think of where to send its aircraft to. It is somehow surely a missed chance that two such events somehow stand in concurrence of each other and it remains to see what will happen to all of them.
What is sure however is the fact that the friendly (beer&food...) atmosphere of airshows in the Czech Republic can hardly be beaten!
- Category: 2010
- Published: 16 September 2010
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