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The other military participant was the Pakistan Air Force, bringing with them 3 JF-17/FC-1 Thunder, a small and light combat aircraft developed together by China and Pakistan. The huge Pakistani delegation was warmly welcomed and celebrated by the Chinese as showed the warm welcome and photo requests by many visitors. The real highlight was of course the first ever display of the JF-17 in a foreign country, which showed the power and agility of the 'Thunder'.

Together with the JF-17 the Pakistanis also brought the "Sherdils" Display Team to Zhuhai, flying 6 K-8 jet trainer aircraft. This display was not what you are might be used to see in Europe, but the fact seeing six Pakistani aircraft in very nice colours in formation above our heads made well up for this.

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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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KADEX 2012

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KADEX 2012
Where? Astana Airport, Kazakhstan
When? 3-6/05/2012

Kazachstan might have become very well known by the 'Borat' movie, but fortunately this comedy is far from reality. Being the 9th largest country on Earth and celebrating the state's 20th anniversary in 2012, it is amongst the uprising ex-Soviet states and has to offer a lot.

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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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