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Flying Legends 2009 - Duxford

Where? Duxford, Cambridgeshire
When?
11-12/07/2009

Though many aircraft of the "The Fighter Collection" (TFC) were grounded this year, the Flying Legends Airshow 2009 offered many stunning views and was rated by many amongst the best events ever that Duxford airfield saw in its long history. Not for nothing this might be owed to the very first sighting of a formation flight of a Messerschmitt 109 and a Focke-Wulff 190 after many, many years...

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30 years KHR26 "Franken"

Where? Roth, Bavaria
When?
05/07/2009

The Kampfhubschrauberregiment (KHR) 26 was founded in 1979 and received its first Bo 105 helicopters one year later, the same type which they are still flying today. The Open Doors Day at Roth (Franken/Northern Bavaria) was fully focused on the German Army Aviation with nearly every type of their inventory also present for the flight demonstrations:

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Reims Airshow Meeting 2009

Where? Reims, BA112 - France
When?
27-28/07/2009

The Meeting du Centenaire – "Meeting of the Centennial" – was announced as a big celebration of the first airshow held at Reims in August 1909, celebrated at the location that is today the airbase BA112 of the French Air Force. Additionally to this reason it was also the last meeting at this airbase which is due to close in 2011.

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JG71 Richthofen - 50 years

Where? Wittmund AFB
When? 05/06/2009

Due to orders by the higher command of the Luftwaffe, flying displays of their aircraft are not allowed anymore. Thus the only possibility of the wings to represent themselves to the public is by Open Doors or other similar events. And the aircraft enthusiast is eagerly waiting for one of those rare chances to attend a "Photoday", regularly organized by the different wings.

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50 Jahre JaboG32 ECRWhere? Lagerlechfeld
When? 25.-26.07.2008

Exactly 50 years after flying ist first F-84F "Thunderstreak" jets on July, 22nd, 1958, the JaboG 32 (Fighter Bomber Wing 32) celebrated its anniversary at its home base Lechfeld. The Families Day attracted 20.000 visitors to inform themselves about the wing's roles and equipment, to have a look at the static display and of course to enjoy a cold beer.

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La Ferte-Alais 2009

Where? La Ferté-Alais / Aerodrome de Cerny
When?
31/05 - 01/06/2009

Though the airshow season is not over yet, the event at La Ferté-Alais can surely be rated amongst the top shows of the year. This is not only due to perfect weather, but also due to a perfect mixed of some of the finest flying that you can imagine of aircraft from all eras.

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scalaria Air Challenge 2008Where? Wolfgangsee, Austria
When? 12/06/2008

The "scalaria Air Challenge" is not an actual airshow, but more of an event organized by the scalaria event hotel in St. Wolfgang, Austria, not far from Salzburg. Guests of the international jet set as well as some beautiful models were an appropriate context for the seaplane flying throughout the day.

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90 years of Czechoslovakian AF - Caslav AFB

Where? Caslav AFB, Czech Republic
When? 23/05/2009

Time to celebrate! 2008 marked the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Czechoslovak Air Force. And this was the main theme for this year's airshow at at Czech's only remaining fighter airbase Caslav, around 1 driving hour East of Prague. The programm was mainly focused on the country's own aircraft, which was also due to the meager participation of foreign nations.

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NLD 2008 - PiestanyWhere? Piestany, Slovak Republic
When? 14-15/06/2008

An airshow in a spa town? That seems to be a highly unlikely combination, but it can be possible as proved recently in Slovakia. The 2. Národné Letecké Dni (National Air Day) was held on June, 14.-15. 2008 and attracted quite some people at this former Slovak Air Force training base.

 

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Plasy Airshow

Where? Plasy, Czech Republic
When?
01-02/05/2009

The airshow at Plasy was my personal season opening airshow in 2009. Located north of Plzen, Czech Republic, it offered a good reason to go for one day not mainly due to the flying program, but also due to the other specialities that this part of the Czech Republic has to offer.

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ILA 2008 Berlin AirshowWhere? Berlin, Germany
When? 27/05 - 01/06/2008


Compared to 2006 this year's ILA had less visitors, maybe caused by the shorter timeframe, and also the static display has been more empty and no really new highlight was present at Berlin-Schönefeld, but however some interesting aircraft could be seen on the ground and in the air. Beneficial for the event was also the excellent weather throughout the week that provided many photographic opportunities.

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 Naha Air Festa 2008

Where? Naha, Okinawa, Japan
When? 14/12/2008

The show in Naha was the main goal during this trip to Japan in 2008, so the expectations were very high as 2008 marked the last year of active 302 Sqn. operations at Naha, and this Squadron is still flying the F-4EJ!
But the weather forecast was not good at all many days in advance already and when we made our way to the airport the sky was already full of clouds and there was no sign that it would get better during the day.

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Nellis Aviation Nation 2007Where? Nellis AFB, Nevada
When? 10-11/11/2007

Aviation Nation 2007 was announced as the capstone event of the US Air Forces's 60th anniversary and the largest Air Force event of the yearlong celebration. Under the theme "Heritage to Horizons" the Nellis AFB - Las Vegas Air Show commemorated that year 60 years of air & space power.
The airshow is held annually in November at the Nellis AFB near Las Vegas and also forms the final event for the North American airshow circuit combined with the homecoming of the Thunderbirds.

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Nyutabaru Air Show 2008

Where? Nyutabaru, Kyushu, Japan
When? 07/12/2008

Nyutabaru, on the southern Japanese island of Kyhusu, is a real superbase, if not THE superbase. At least that's what everyone says who has ever been there. With one squadron of Phantoms and 2 of F-15 Eagles, among the the colourfull Aggressor aircraft, the flying activity is very high with jets being in the air non-stop during the day.
Come with us and have a look what their airshow is like that is held every December!

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Jacqueline Cochran AirshowWhere? Thermal, California
When? 03/11/2007

Jacqueline Cochran is one of the most famous female aviators in the United States, and she was also the first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound when she broke the sound barrier in 1953. During her career she attained more speed, altitude, and distance records than any other pilot, male or female and she regularly utilized Thermal Airport over the course of her long aviation career.

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Amberley RAAF Air Show 2008Defence Force Air Show 2008
RAAF Base Amberley
04-05/10/2008

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) Air Show of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) was held this year at the largest RAAF base Amberely, located 40kms south-west of Brisbane and on the outskirts of Ipswich. The date at the beginning of October was chosen to fit nicely in the (southern hemisphere) spring and warm temperatures, reching up to 34°C that weekend. And of course another reason to make this round-the-world-trip to Amberley worthwhile is the fact, that it is the worldwide only remaining base with F-111 Aardvarks.

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F-117A NighthawkWhere? Holloman AFB, NM, USA
When? 26-28/10/2007

2008 will be the last operational year of the unique F-117A Nighthawk. Last year 25 years in service of this remarkable Lockheed construction and an accumulated 250.000 flight hours were celebrated at Holloman AFB, NM in partnership with the X-Prize Foundation. This years Holloman Air and Space Expo (HASE) was most probably the last possibility for the public to see several F-117s before their retirement in April 2008. During the event an estimated crowd of 85.000 visited Holloman AFB.

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CIAF 2008Where? Brno, Czech Republic
When? 6-7/09/08

The CIAF (Czech International Air Fest) celebrated ist 15th anniversary in 2008. After having started at the then still military airfield Hradec Kralove it moved in 2003 to the civil airport of Brno, around 200km south-east of Prague. In its anniversary year the participation was unfortunately quite low, nevertheless CIAF became a success once again and the trip to the nearby Czech Republic was once again very worthwhile.

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Oktoberfest JaboG32

Where? Lagerlechfeld Airbase
When? 11/10/2007

Nach einem Jahr Pause fand in diesem Jahr wieder das Oktoberfest des JaboG32 statt. Nach dem in dieser Jahreszeit üblichen Frühnebel herrschte pünktlich zum Beginn der Veranstaltung ab 14h strahlender Sonnenschein und tauchte die Maschinen der zum Teil von weit her angeflogenen Gäste ins schönste Herbstlicht.

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Shuttleworth Evening Air DisplayWhere? Shuttleworth / Old Warden
When? 16.08.2008

Shuttleworth’s Evening Display is one of the many possibilities during the year to experience their extensive collection of historic aircraft. The event took place at their homebase, the Old Warden Aerodrome that can easily be reached from London going north on the A1.

 

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LTG 61 TransallWhere? Penzing Airfield
When? 29/09/2007

Die Vorzeichen für das 50-jährige Jubiläum des LTG61 (Lufttransportgeschwader) in Penzing bei Landsberg/Lech standen nicht schlecht. Ein ausgewogenes Flugprogramm mit historischen und modernen Militärmaschinen war geplant und die Liste der eingeladenen Teilnehmer war beachtlich.

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Duxford - American Air DayWhere? Duxford
When? 22.08.2008

After the first edition of the American Air Day in Duxford in 2007 the event was celebrated once again this year to remember the historic links between the US Air Force and Duxford.
It was supported by RAF Lakenheath and Mildenhall and other USAFE bases across East Anglia.

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La Ferté-Alais MeetingWhere? Aérodrome de Cerny - La Ferté-Alais
When? 26-27/05/2007

The anticipation for this year's trip to the 35ième Fête Aérienne (35th airshow) at La Ferté-Alais was once again very dependent on the weather gods. Whereas the planned line-up for the show was once again excellent and well mixed, the forecasts were very variable depending on the source. But I didn't care about that anyway as everything was fixed well in advance and the participants lists was even more exciting.

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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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Seoul ADEX

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Seoul Airshow - ADEX 2011

Where? Seoul, South Korea
When? 18-23/10/2011

The ADEX (Aerospace and Defence Exhibition) takes place at the Sinchonri (K-16) Air Base East of Seoul and serves mainly as a showcase for the local defence industry. It is one of the few chances to see Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) jets in the air and take a closer look at them on the ground.

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Yak-3U in the snow

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Yak-3U D-FLAK

Yak-3U D-FLAK

Besides the Yak-3 D-FJAK of Achim and Elmar Meier the D-FLAK of Maxi Gainza is the second Russian warbrid that has been based at Freiburg, right in the middle between the Black Forrest and the river Rhein. The D-FLAK, as the Yak-3U (c/n 0470202) is registered in Germany, is also a equipped with a powerfull Allsion V-1710 V-12 engine, but offers in contrast to the one with the red cowling a second seat behind the pilot, who also has complete flight controls available.

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