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Where? Brno - Czech Republic
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.
Another big announcement in the programm have been the the four Su-27 of the Russian Knights, which also did not appear due to the same reason why Suchoi does not send its aircraft to Paris or Farnborough… You might think now 'well, he must really have been dissapointed there after an 6hrs drive', but I haven't as I always enjoy the (airshow) atmosphere in the Czech Republic and there have also been many many highlights:
THE great surprise has been the Canadian Tiger Hornet of the 410sqn. 'Cougars' that crossed only for this show the Atlantic together with a two seater wearing ' Centennial of flight / Centenaire de l'aviation' markings on the tail . I have been really puzzled when I saw these birds, but when I asked a crew member about the Tiger, he told me: 'we have been invited to this show and for the flight display, and if we are invited we are bringing our baby!'. 10 out of 10 points for the Canadian Air Force. Let's all hope that they will do that more often in the future!!
CF-188A: The Canadian Tiger Hornet
Blue Lightning: German Tornado
90 years German Navy: Tornado 45+30
German F-4F Phantom II
Published: 16 April 2007