(Reading time: 2 - 4 minutes)

User Rating: 0 / 5

Please rate this article:
0 of 5 - 0 votes
Thank You for rating this article.

ILA Berlin Airshow 2014

Where? Berlin, Germany
When? 24/05/2014

The ILA (Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung) is Germany's major aerospace exhibition and ranks high amongst the other two European trade fairs in Le Bourget and Farnborough. Nevertheless the event at Berlin has a hard struggle amongst this competition, though organizers and exhibitors were happy about this year's event.

Contrary to previous events I chose the option to visit ILA as a regular visitor on the Saturday, thus on a public day of the last week-end. The public days are highlighted by the ILA Berlin Airshow, featuring an hour-long flying display.

Admittedly the big highlights were somehow missing in this year's program: the new Airbus A350 was only present during the first few days and seen in the air only on landing and departure, the Airbus A400M military transport aircraft remained on the ground and contrary to previous years the A380 also did not fly.

Due to the bad light / backlight situation on the new showground this was no missed opportunity to get some nice shots of those aircraft in the air, but somehow it would have felt good to see them flying. Such a big lack of aerial demonstration compared to previous years somehow casted a cloud over the whole event.

But apart from that the airshow itself was really good with a wealthy mix of different types of aircraft from all eras.

From the military side there was a helicopter display by a French and German Tiger helicopter from the German-French Training Centre at Le Luc and solo display by the Czech Gripen and "Solo Türk" presenting the F-16 from Turkey, this year's partner nation of ILA 2014. Unfortunately the displays of the F-16 and the Polish MiG-29 did rotate between each day, and I was not lucky to see the MiG flying.

The German Air Force did present the "Willfire" demo, depicting a hostage liberation scenario, with the airpower demo including CH-53, Sea Lynx and Tiger helicopters, a C-160 Transall, an A310MRTT tanker aircraft and Tornado and Eurofighter jets.

From the warbirds in the flying program worth a special mention is the recently restored Aermacchi MB326 (I-RVEG) in its bright orange scheme. Apart from that of course one of the rare appearances of the Messerschmitt Me262 of the Airbus Group from Manching was highly appreciated as well!

Regarding the teams the Breitling Jet Team was present at ILA in full swing, and the Patrouille Suisse once again came to Berlin Schönefeld. The Swiss team is a regular guest and their display at the end of the afternoon in nice light was a fitting highlight to finish the displays.

Looking at the flying program it was a great line-up, and even better to see that some of the (solo) demonstrations were using flares and the team displays were not so bad either, especially when considering the tight German restrictions.

I thus keep my fingers crossed that ILA will be able to keep up with the pace of the remaining European trade fairs and look forward when it will be held on a proper airport, not on a construction site…




recently published

Oshkosh EAA Airventure 2017

(Reading time: 2 - 4 minutes)

Oshkosh EAA Airventure 2017 airshow report and photos
Where? Oshkosh WI, USA
When? 24-30/07/2017

The EAA Airventure 2017 was announced to be the bomber year! And it really became bombastic. 590.000 people attended the event in Oshkosh, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid and also saw for the first time in more than 60 years two B-29 Superfortresses flying in formation. Apart from that once again more than 10.000 aircraft flew to Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, making it at that time the busiest airport in the world with approximately 123 aircraft movements per hour. For the pilots it was once again the great fly-in, and the highlight for the airshow this year were the US Navy Blue Angels.

Read more ...

more Airshows

Air Show Turkiye

(Reading time: 5 - 10 minutes)

Turkey Air Show 2011 - Izmir

Where? Izmir, Turkey
When? 4-5/06/2011

In many places aviation Centennials are celebrated, and so did the Turkish Air Force. The official events already started in January, but cumulated for the public in the International air show, hosted at the 2nd Main Jet Base Command (Çigli/Izmir) on 04-05 June 2011. As Turkey is very secretive and restricted with everything regarding their military, it is no wonder that the spotterdays offered on the day before and after the event was soon fully booked with 1000 (!) enthusiasts wanting to attend.

Read more ...

more Air-Air

Bf-108 D-ESBH - Smooth Taifun

(Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes)

Messerschmitt  Bf 108

Bf-108 D-ESBH

"Bravo Hotel, line-up runway 07 right for photo mission"
Finally, after months of preparation and strong support by the Messerschmitt Stiftung and the EADS Heritage Flight I am sitting in the photo-ship on that hot August day 2003 and can listen to the radio traffic of the Messerschmitt Bf-108 D-ESBH that is lining up on the runway in front of us and which is the main target of that photoflight.

Read more ...

Twitter feed

My Warbird Book

photos on www.airfighters.com