The static display was also very interesting with at first the display along the shelter area of the "local heroes", the trainer aircraft of the Turkish Air Force, the Cessna 172 and KT-1 turboprop trainer and of course the T-37 "Tweety" and T-38 "Talon", both of which are unique to be operated by European, and even worldwide, Air Forces.
The followed another line-up of Turkish Air Force aircraft which was a "must see" for the aviation enthusiast. Not only did it include the venerable F-4E and RF-4E (in new camouflage" fighter jets, but also the most modern aircraft of the Turkish AF like the recently delivered first F-16D Bl.50 and the B737 "Wedgetail" AEW aircraft. This display way completed by transport aircraft (CN235, C-160, C-130), helicopters (UH-1 Huey, AH-1 Cobra, S-70 Seahawk, AS635 Cougar) and some more trainers.
Furthermore on the main ramps were the international visitors, dominated by many many transport aircraft, amongst the highlight in form of an Algerian C-130, but the Bulgarian C-27J attracted also a lot of attention. But these could be better photographed on the departure day.
Along the line of fighter jets were two German Eurofighters, the third Pakistani JF-17 that came to Izmir as well as two Jordanian F-16s and a Bulgarian MiG-29.
It has to be said the anniversary Airshow of the Turkish Air Force was an outstanding event, very well organized with no queues at the entrance or the parking place. Another good point apart from free entrance were the very reasonable prices for food and drinks (~0,5€ for a bottle of water), essential things to stand such a long day under the glazing sky. The show was also orientated to an international audience with English commentary and most helpful Air Force personnel. Regarding variety and hospitality it will be hard to beat this year.
The best part of it for the enthusiasts were the two special Spotterdays organized in the Friday before and the Monday after the show. These follow on the next pages.
- Category: 2011
- Published: 01 June 2011
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