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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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HamamatsuAirshow 2011
Where? Hamamatsu, Japan
When? 23/10/2011

The show at Hamamatsu was one of the reasons for the Japan trip 2011. Not that much of a well known destination for aircraft enthusiasts as many of the other fast jet bases around Japan Hamamatsu hosts the T-4 training wings as well as the Airborne Warning & Control squadron equipped with 4 Boeing E-767.

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CASA 1.131 D-EIWW

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Casa 1.131 D-EIWW air-air

Where? Northern Bavaria
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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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