Of course the show did include also many solo display, the most exotic for sure were the participants from Pakistan. The Commander of the Pakistani AF did salute the friendship between the Turkish and Pakistani AF and to celebrate it did send a JF-17 and an F-16 solo display. At first the Sherdils solo display team was also planned but in the end did not participate due to "security concerns". Whereas the JF-17 routine is well known from the airshow at Zhuhai, the F-16 display was a real surprise and eagerly awaited - not only to see a rare Pakistani F-16 flying, but also to see how he does fly. After three days there it has to be stated that the display was very well planned and presented the aircraft very advantageous - though it did not include as many 'special effects' like other European Fighting Falcon displays like releasing flares or doing some nice topside passes.
As already mentioned the Belgian and Dutch F-16s did also fly to Izmir, which is no wonder as the Turkish AF is a regular participants at their national shows. Big participation was by the Italian Air Force that presented display of the AMX, Eurofighter Typhoon and the most impressive C-27J with the looping and barrel rolls.
Apart from that the mainly local spectators were entertained by the performances of the Tiger Saab from Austria and the rarely seen Romanian trainer aircraft IAR-99 "Soim".
- Category: 2011
- Published: 01 June 2011
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