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ILA 2010

Where? Berlin, Germany
When? 08-13/06/2010

The highlight of the ILA Berlin Air Show 2010 was for sure the first public appearance of the new Airbus Military A400M transport aircraft. Though any other real big highlights were not on the list, the trip to Berlin was once again worthwhile due to the sheer variety of different aircraft, which numbered nearly 300.

Unfortunately the A400M was only present from Monday to Thursday, thus leaving the show before the gerneral public, or taxpayers…, were allowed on the showground. Its stunning display presented twice during the show would really been appreciated by them as well. however a stringent flight test schedule made the early departure to Toulouse necessary. Breath taking were not only the bank angle with more than 110° during the flight demo, but also its display area crossing during the rehersal that caused the display to be interrupted and repeated later on.

Another big beast presented by Airbus was the Airbus A380. During the whole duration of the show three different aircraft were present: Lufthansa's 1st A380, an Emirates A380 and the Airbus test aircraft for the flight display - unfortunately not all three of them were present at the same point of time.

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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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NATO Days Ostrava

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NATO Days Ostrava 2012
Where? Ostrava, Czech Republic
When? 22-23/09/2012

What a show! MiG-29 Dogfight, M2000 "Ramex Delta", 2x Su-22 Fitter in formation flight, Eurofighter displays, the Red Arrows... Twelve years after its first edition the NATO Days at Ostrava were a stunning event.

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Phantom Pharewell Photo Phlight

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Luftwaffe / WTD61 F-4F Phantom II air-air
Where? Bavaria, Germany
When? 07/2013

The months of June and July 2013 saw the final operations of German F-4F Phantoms. With Jagdgeschwader 71 "R" at Wittmund officially putting Luftwaffe Phantom operations to an end and handing over the QRA task to the Eurofighter, the two Manching-based Phantoms were the last German examples to soldier on for some more days. During those final days also arose a unique photo opportunity - a Phantastic "Phantom Pharewell Photo Phlight"!

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