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The military highlight was the Russian Su-30LL (LL for Letayushchaya Laboratoriya meaning Flying Laboratory) of the Gromov Flight Research Institute (LII) at Zhukovsky, piloted by the famous Anatoly Kvochur. Several familiarization flights in the morning before the actual show provided nice poto opportunities, and the display itself in the afternoon impressed with a quick take-off and bank, but all the other manoeuvres, including a 'tailslide', where however far away and not in the best light conditions for decent photos.

Another participant from Russia was the L-39 formation "Vyazma Russ" flying four of this Czech-built trainer aircraft. Their display however was once again difficult to capture and in comparison to other Russian display teams not that exciting. The same type of aircraft is also flown by the "Baltic Bees" jet team, who arrived with four aircraft on Thursday evening, but only one jet did do the daily display routine.

'Antonov' was also celebrated by many An-2s, which are still used as a workhorse in the Ukraine and widely spread. A 4-ship formation showed the wide use of this aircraft and towing 6 gliders at the same time is surely an achievement that cannot be done by many other planes. The turboprop-powered An-3T in the Static Display was a display that the airframe is still good today to be modified for future use:

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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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Seoul ADEX

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Seoul Airshow - ADEX 2011

Where? Seoul, South Korea
When? 18-23/10/2011

The ADEX (Aerospace and Defence Exhibition) takes place at the Sinchonri (K-16) Air Base East of Seoul and serves mainly as a showcase for the local defence industry. It is one of the few chances to see Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) jets in the air and take a closer look at them on the ground.

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Bücker Bü133 Jungmeister

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Bücker Bü133 Jungmeister air-air
Where? above Saxony, Germany
When? October 2015

Doing air-air with classic aircraft from the 1930s is always a pleasure, even more so if it is an immaculately restored Bücker Bü 133 Jungmeister on a nice autumn Sunday morning. The Jungmeister D-EMKP “LG+07” biplane was painted in a scheme inspired by the one adorning Germany’s first-ever Luftwaffe’s aerobatic squadron.

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