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Surely everybody knows the feeling when he is heading enthusiastically to an airshow hundreds of miles away to find out that the airfield is covered by a low layer of dark gray clouds combined with drizzling rain. Exactly that was the case for this year's airshow of the Danish Air Force at Karup Airbase.

Read more: RDAF Airshow 2005

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The fact that military airshows are not yet fully reestablished within the German Air Force was fully proven during this year's Open Doors Day at Wunstorf AFB near Hanover. The show, being part of the festivities to celebrate 50 years of the Bundeswehr, was celebrated as a "Tag des Lufttransports". Due to this fact only two fighters in form of a German Tornado and Phantom were present on the ramp at Wunstorf and no jet displays were presented during the two short aerial displays in the morning and in the afternoon.

Read more: Open Doors LTG62

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Farewell Eggebek!
Another chapter in the history of the German naval aviation was concluded on June, 18th 2005. This was the day of the last landing of a Marineflieger Tornado at NAS Eggebek due to the retirement of the jet fleet of the German Navy. In combination with this event and the fly-out ceremonies a family day was held on a remarkably sunny and hot day in the north of Germany.

Read more: MFG2 Farewell - Eggebek

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Every second year the Airpower show is an highly attend event not only in the airshow calendar of the enthusiats but also amongst everyone in Austria how is keen on attending a nice and eventfull day out.
The whole show is sponsored by Red Bull, which reflects of course in the offered drinks and throughout the commentray the whole day long, but the entrance is free as well and you get 10h of non-stop flying activities.

Read more: Airpower05

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And I did it again... Somehow I have to go at least once a year to Switzerland for one of their either very well or very scenic airshows. This time I went to the very south of Switzerland, only some more kilometers and I would have been in Italy. In the very scenic Ticino is Lugano located, on the board of a beautiful lake.

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1926 exhibitors from 41 countries, 238 aircraft, 480.000 visitors in 7 days,among them 223.000 professionals and 257.000 spectators...
These numbers already make clear that this year's Paris Air Show has been a massive success. Pushed, of course, by the presence of the Airbus A380 at its first public appearance, the show attracted loads of visitors. Everybody wanted to see the "A trois cent quatre-vingt", and they were not disappointed as it flew daily.

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After the farewell cermony for the Starfighter last year in Pratica di mare another area came to its end this year in May. On May, 21st the Czech Air Force held on open day at Caslav AFB (~80km east of Prague) to say good-bye to their MiG-21s and to welcome the newly acquired Saab Gripen.

Read more: Czech MiG-21 Farewell

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Every year at the pentecost week-end the Cerny airfield near La Ferté-Alais, which is located around 90km south of Paris, is the big meeting point for the French and European Warbird and Oldtimer-scene. This year the weather was unfortunately not the very best with continuous rain on Saturday morning.

Read more: La Ferté-Alais Airshow

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After my visit to Duxford in July I still wanted to see a bit more this year. The choice was not difficult, because if you are a warbird enthusiast and you have already been to Duxford, there is only one more place to go to: Midland, Texas. Midland is the headquarter of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), a volunteer organization that preserves WW II-aircraft and tries to keep them in flying condition.

Read more: FINA-CAF Airsho

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After the retirement of the Starfighter (see Pratica di Mare Airshow) one jet still to see was highon my list: the Gruman F-14 Tomcat, the last of the big fighters. When they have disappeard from the aircraft carriers in the Pacific and will see their end within the next few years my goal was clear:Oceana, located on the eastcoast of the USA,about a 4h drive south of Washington DC.

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Fly Navy !!!
Every year on the Wednesday before the RIAT the RNAS Culdrose helds ist annual Airday. RNAS Culdrose is located in the west of Cornwall near Helston, only a short hop from Land's End. It is the biggest helicopter base in Europe with its numerous Sea Kings for SAR, transport and anti-submarine missions and revently also got equipped with the Merlin.

Read more: RNAS Culdrose Airday

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...for the very first time
After all the military airshows that I have attend this year so far I decided that it was time for a change, I decided to take a step back in time. I was looking for some warbirds. In Europe you do not have to search a lot, there is only o n e place to go: Duxford.

Read more: Flying Legends 2004

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Reims, the capital of the Campagne, France's finest wine region, is also home of the French Air Forces (FAF) Base aérienne 112 (Air Base 112) "Commandant Marin-La-Meslée" which host three fighter wings equipped with Mirage F1. The jets and the prospect of some nice food and wine in the evening made the long trip to this year's open day worthwhile.

Read more: Reims Open Doors

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This year's Open Doors of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) were dominated by the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the F-16 Fighting Falcon to the Royal Air Force. To celebrate this event an F-16 was painted in the red-white-blue, thus imitating the colourscheme of the very first F-16 prototype. This special coloured bird awaited the crowed at one of the two main entrances.

Read more: KLU Open Dagen Volkel

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Every two years the Slovak International Air Display (SIAD) is held at the airport of Bratislava, capital of the Slovak Republic. This year's event was not only seen by the officials as an simple airshow but also as a celebration of the entry into the European Union.
That included the participation of a lot of European countries like Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy or Portugal.

Read more: SIAD 2004

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The 50th anniversary of the F-104 Starfighter and the last year of active service within the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militaria Italiana - AMI) were the reason for an axcellent airshow at Pratica di Mare during the Pentecost weekend.
Many enthusiast travelled the long way to the airbase that is located just south of Rome and is the home of the test facilities of the AMI.

Read more: Pratica di Mare Airshow - Arrivederci Spillone

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One month before this year's ILA the signs were good that the show might emerge from the status of a small trade fair. Well, at least a little bis. The trade fair has been promoted as the 'Gateway to the East' and everything was made possible to give the russian manufacturers (esp. MiG and Sukhoi) to bring their aircraft to Berlin, and even more important, to take them back ;) But some weeks before the show: big dissapointment:

Read more: ILA 2004

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The first week-end of September 2004 will long be remembered as the week-end during which another of the legendary Swiss airshows like the one in Sion 1997 took place. This year it was time for AIR04 at the Swiss Air Force base Payerne. For the 90th anniversary of the Swiss Air Force (SAF) , the 40th anniversary of the Patrouille Suisse and the 15th of the PC-7 a really impressive programm was presented to the crowd.

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The Swiss Air Force demonstration at the Ebenfluh Shooting Range,
mostly refered to as Axalp because of the nearby village, is a unique possibility to see jet fighters doing live gun shooting. Together with the impressive scenery the demo is an experience that one will nevere forget.
The shooting range is located at an altitude of 7365 feet (2242m) in the middle of the Swiss Alps.

Read more: Bye bye AMIR!

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The 10th edition of the Czech International Air Fest (CIAF 2003) was exceptionally not  held at the military airfield of Hradec-Kralove but at the civil airport Brno. There have been a lot of roumors and different reasons reasons have been mentioned for this action, but I will not continue to speculate about it. The fact that no Czech MiG-21 neither opened the flight display as previously had been announced nor one could be seen in the static display speaks for itself as well as for the condition and the problems of the airforces of the former Warsaw Pact.

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90 years of german naval aviation and 45 years Marinefliegergeschwader (MFG) 2
...these have been the two anniversaries and main themes for the Eggebek Airday, the only open doors day of the German Air Force (GAF)/ Navy this year.
The organizers did an excellent job in inviting a good bunch of foreign aircraft for the show which resulted in a lot of nice visitors for the static and flight display and have been rewarded by about 80.000 visitors for their open doors day.

Read more: Eggebek Airday

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Finally, after a long wait, I have prepared the photos of the "Salon du Bourget 2003". Just see it as a pleasant anticipation for the airshow season 2004 ;)
Every 2 years the "Salon Internatiomaux de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace", or in English "Paris Air Show", is the big internationall aviation trade fair in Europe.

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As usual the Austrian Air Force together with RedBull put up an excellent airshow at an airbase with one of the most beautiful backdrops. Airpower03 was for sure one of the show-highlights in 2003 and attracted about 250.000 people on the two show-days. The next edition is planned in 2005 and I am already looking forward to it! This is photos only report, enjoy it!

Read more: AirPower 2003

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Wings over Houston Airshow

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Wings over Houston 2017 was an awesome airshow! Plenty of warbirds, a Messerschmitt Me 262, jets from the Vietnam era, amongst them the venerable F-4D Phantom II, made up for a great program. This great mix on show at Ellington Airport in the South of Houston was enriched by aerobatic acts and the USAF Thunderbirds. With a 34-year long history the airshow is still very much alive and kicking!

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Hahnweide OTT 2013

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The Hahnweide Oldtimer meeting is Germany's biggest warbird airshow. Held bi-annually on the first week-end of September it is by enthusiasts very often rated being on the same level as the other major European warbird shows Duxford in the UK and La Ferté-Alais in France. 2013 year was the 17th edition of the show that has its origins as a simple oldtimer fly-in 34 years ago.

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HA-200 Saeta

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The Hispano Aviacion HA-200 "Saeta" ("Arrow") is one of the last designs fully developed by Willy Messerschmitt. It had its first flight on August, 12th 1955 in Sevilla.
50 years later I have been invited to do an air-air photo session with the only remaining airworthy HA-200 in Germany. It is part of the impressive collection of the "Messerschmitt Stiftung" and operated by EADS from their site in Manching.

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