Politics couldn’t be left aside at this year’s Slovak International Air Fest (SIAF) at Malacky-Kuchyna airbase in Western Slovakia. The country shares a border with Ukraine, a country under war that suffers from Russia’s invasion since more than six months. The two main highlights of the show, the decommissioning of Slovak’s MiG-29 Fulcrum as well as the visit of two USAF F-22A Raptors can be closely linked to the war in Ukraine.
New Zealand is a highly popular tourist destination, and its Southern island a pure source of natural beauty, and visitor numbers increased greatly after the “Lord of the Rings” movies. Additionally to all this natural beauty, New Zealand has also many things to discover for an aviation geek. Some of them are not on the beaten track of the main tourist attractions, but well worth a visit if you are about to travel to this beautiful place.
After a rather long dry spell, airshows around Central Europe started to resume around August. Luckily, amongst them has also been the traditional „Fete Aerienne“ at La Ferté-Alais, which is usually being celebrated during the Pentecost week-end. In 2020 the event was postponed to October, but just to be cancelled prior to that...
White and blue stands for the Bavarian way of life, and those colors have also been chosen for the Luftwaffe’s 74th Tactical Air Wing anniversary jet, the „Bavarian Tiger“. These special markings on a Eurofighter of TaktLwG74’s (Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader - Tactical Air Wing 74) have been applied for this wing's 60th anniversary. Additionally, they also stand for five years of being a full member of NATO’s Tiger Association (NTA).
Special markings on combat jets are an important part to honour the history and heritage of Fighter Squadrons. Despite its relatively small size, the Belgium Air Component, or formerly Belgian Air Force, is very attentive to hold on this long tradition. This time, the markings of 1 and 350 Squadrons out of Florennes Air Base were in focus.
The Boeing Stearman must be the world’s mostly known biplane. More than 8500 airplanes were build, and the „Model 75“ has been used to train an uncountable number of military pilots in the late 1930s and 1940s.
Low level flying, flares, live firing... The demonstrations are spectacular and the location is unique in the world. Centrally located in the heart of the Alps at an elevation of more than 2250m is the Axalp-Ebenfluh shooting range. During the traditional flight demonstration, fighter jets perform their live firing training only a few hundred meters away from the audience. After a two-year break, the Swiss Air Force event again attracted thousands of visitors to Central Switzerland in October.
The Frecce Tricolori, the Italian National Aerobatics Team, or Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale (PAN) had their 60th anniversary in 2020. Due to the pandemic the event was delayed for one yearend finally celebrated in 2021. This was the only chance to give a larger audience the possibility to visit this airshow. The traditional location for this birthday party is the Frecce’s home Rivolto airbase in Nothern Italy.