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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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Bell Cobra Flight

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Bell P-39 P-63 Cobras air-air at EAA Airventure Oshkosh
Where? Oshkosh, WI, USA
When?July 2017

EAA Airventure at Oshkosh in 2017 saw a rare gathering of Bell Aircraft Cobras. Three P-63 Kingcobras and a P-39 Airacobra attended the ‘World’s greatest Aviation Celebration’, amongst them all Cobras belonging to the Commemorative Air Force (CAF): the P-39Q of the Central Texas Wing, the world’s sole flying P-63F of the “P-63 Sponsor Group” and the most recent addition, the P-63A of the Dixie Wing from Peachtree City, Georgia.

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NATO Days Ostrava

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NATO Days Ostrava
Where? Ostrava Airport, Czech Republic
When? 19-20/09/2015

The NATO Days in Ostrava have risen to the biggest security show in Europe since its first issue in 2001 and nowadays regularly attracts an amazing number of 225.000 visitors over the week-end. These two days at the end of September are full of events and at the same time used to celebrate the Czech Air Force Days. NATO Days ostrava thus not only provide an extensive display of ground hardware, but also a great flying display, often combined with a ground show to demonstrate the the combination of air and ground power.

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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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