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Of course aircraft belong into the air, and despite bad weather the flying presentation during the opening ceremony in front of President Nursultan Nasarbajew was stunning.

It did start with a ground show of tanks and other military vehicles in combination with some helicopter flying such as fast-roping or a flag parade.

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In parallel two MiG-29 did take off, but when suddenly out of nowhere two smoke-trailing black dots appeared and could be identified as a close formation of MiG-31, all that remained after that sole fly-by followed by a pull-up in full afterburner was sheer excitement!

The following presentations of the countries three display teams

  • Sunkar on 6 L-39
  • Alatau on 2 MiG-29
  • Zhetysu on 4 Su-27

could obviously not be directly compared to other display teams due to the very difficult weather conditions.

But the 4-ship of Su-27 put an excellent final with a flare excessive break.

I will not conclude this report from Astana airport without also showing the diversity of civil aircraft photographed during these few days:

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And of course I have hoped for the same weather for the show as during my walk through the countries capital Astana, a sunny walk around the 'Dubai of Eurasia', seeing this fast growing place was another sight not to be missed.

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Where? Oshkosh, WI, USA
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Where? Sliac Airport, Slovakia
When? 27-28/08/2011

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When? 15/12/2006

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