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Within one hour there was the Italian Typhoon, F-16 Solo Turk, Slovak MiG-29 dogfight and tactical demonstration of 2 Polish Su-22 Fitters and the "RAMEX DELTA" from France on two Mirage M2000 fighter-bombers. This was followed by a take-off and fly-by of the mighty B-52 Stratofortress and the Red Arrows. Can you ask for more??

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The "Flying Bulls" B-25 was the only civil act and followed shortly afterwards just before the demonstration of an assault with hostage taking with heliborne drop off including Mi-171 and assault of Mi-24. Something to please the friends of helicopters with once again some great flying action. Three more jets were next with the orange or Dutch F-16, the British Hawk solo display - presenting an excellent colour scheme in this season btw - and the Czech L-159 to close the day.

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I still can't believe they arranged such a great and densely packed aerial display... Nearly the only down point of the show was the static display. Though there are some space restrictions and the organizers really got a huge number of aircraft to the airfield, the fences around the aircraft made getting some nice shots nearly impossible. This was in particular a real shame for such rare aircraft as the Estonian An-2 and L-39 or the special coloured British Hawk. Maybe there will be some improvements during one of the next editions?

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To summarize I was really overwhelmed by this event with many great flying presentations, focused only around military aircraft without all the 'gap fillers' you get to see at other events. Outstanding was the fact that many of the aircraft did not perform their usual solo display, but real role demos, especially the helicopters that interacted closely with the troops on the ground, making the flying a lot more realistic.

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The only downside was the fact that the aerial display of the NATO Days was so densely packed that there was not enough time to have a look at the ground demonstration. Combined with the great selections of drinks (beer & the local Kofola) and tasty food this show has to be in the highest ranks of European airshows!

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