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The stars in the sky were of course the local heroes, RoKAF's display "Black Eagles". Adorned with a gorgeous high-contrast scheme in white/black/yellow that fits very well to their T-50 Golden Eagle jets, the 8-ship formation in the sky above Seoul was certainly a show- and business stopper. Their display routine for sure does not have to fear the competition of other comparable display teams and their pilots were treated as heroes during their autograph session after having completed their display. It was a nice sight indeed and it would be nice to see them one day in the sky around Europe!

All this was completed by a very extensive static display presenting the large variety of different aircraft types in the RoKAF. This was completed by a small selection of civil aircraft, clearly showing where the focal point of the Seoul airshow is to be found.

 

Disregarding the airshow flying it was of course also of interest to see the regular traffic at Sinchonri, mainly home of the VIP-transport wing flying many different assets such as the newly acquired S-92 helicopters up to the B-747 for overseas visits. Not to neglect were also the Raytheon Hawker 800SIG aircraft, which were sometimes seen departing for or returning from a mission. Combined with the airshow this aircraft traffic made up for an excellent presentation of the variety of this highly efficient Air Force.

In the far end of the apron three propeller aircraft from the 1950s/60s could also be seen. Fortunately they were not in a derelict condition, but quite well preserved and their gloss coat shimmered in the sun.

Apart from the high Korean presence the PACAF did also support the show and demonstrated their strong presence in this region by showing the solo demos of the A-10 Thunderbolt II as well as the F-16 from Misawa, Japan. A seperated area on the ground furthermore presented some US hardware in the static display as well as some local traffic of the US Army could be observed.

The AH-64D Apache helicopter was one of the very few items presented by the industry in the flying display. Though borrowed from the US Army it was flown by a Boeing crew in order to enhance sales to South Korea.
Last but not least the same goes for the KUH Surion (Korean Utility Helicopter), developed by KAI with the strong support of Eurocopter. Planned to be adopted by the Korean Army a white painted example was presented during the flight display.

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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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Aero India 2011

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Aero India 2011 - Bangalore

Where? Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
When? 9-13/02/2011

When talking about India it is often referred to as the "World's largest democracy" – no wonder having around 1,2 billion inhabitants. However when looking at aviation photography it is a completely different world, as even civil aviation photography is far from normal or accepted, let alone taking photos of military aircraft. Aero India 2011 at the Yelahanka Air Base near Bangalore in the South of India was thus a welcome chance to get some military hardware in front of my lens.

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NH90 Delivery Flight

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NH90 Delivery Flight

Where? Donauwörth, Eurocopter site
When? 15/12/2006

The first three next-generation NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopters (TTH) were handed over to the German Army at Eurocopter’s Donauwörth facility in the presence of a large group of guests from the German Federal Ministry of Defence, the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement, NAHEMA (NATO HElicopter Management Agency) as well as the German Army on December 13th, 2006.

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