Kecskemet Air Show - The Showdays
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During the show a lot of the already air show acts performed as the Belgian and Dutch F-16 (the latter one even with flares during the display!), 3 Gripens – Czech, Swedish and Hungarian - were up in the air and also the Spanish EF-18 was up in the air.
Despite the western touch a lot of eastern and still exotic acts were flying as well as the Hungarian organizers did very well in inviting the neighbouring countries: Slovakia provided a Mi-24 and a L-39 in "Biele Albatrosy" colours, raising the hope that this display team might see the light of the day once again in the future, the Croatian AF did send their "Krila Oluje" ("Wings of Storm") display team flying 5 PC-9 and another PC-9M solo display came from Slovenia. But the highlights were surely the Serbian participants with three displays: the "Flying Stars" with 4 Galebs, a J-22 Orao and Super Galeb G-4 solo displays. Adding to new colours on the display team and the Super Galeb were also the new roundels on their military aircraft.
Slovak Mi-24 & L-39
Serbian "Flying Stars", Super Galeb & Orao
Not very often seen at airshows is also the Belgian A109 and the "Baby Blue" team from Denmark flying four MF-17. But the crowds favourites were for sure the big jet display teams, at Kecskemet the Turkish Stars and the Patrouille de France were present, fascination the people with their precisely flown figures. Though the Turkish Stars were not seen quite often during their routine, a point that will hopefully improve in the future and lead to a much smoother and more appealing display. Really breathtaking in contrast to that was the really, and I mean really!!, low fly-by of a Malev Boeing 737. It came in so low that most people were quite surprised when it appeared fro behind the trees.
Baby Blue Team
L-29, L-39 & L-159
The day was finished with a lottery of table tennis balls being thrown out of an An-2 overflying the crowd. People ran to the balls like crazy as – I only learned about that after the show – the main prize was a flight in the MiG-29UB two-seater. Later on the aircraft took of with the lucky winner on board and flew a race against a Formula car as did also the Red Bull Cobra helicopter and an Extra 300 which ended a fantastic and exhausting day!
Best of the rest
The evening was then once again spend in the nice city centre of Kecskemet reflecting the air show and having a drink on the weather forecast, that did not occur as foreseen.