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NLD Piestany Airshow 2010

Where? Piestany, Slovak Republic
When?
29-30/05/2010

2010 saw the 4th edition of Slovakia’s „National Air Day“ (NLD = Národných leteckých dní), once again held at the airport of Piestany. Compared to the previous year’s, the 2010 event did not change that much, and this was good so! Because where else can you see a mojar number of Slovak Air Force jets and helicopters see performing?

As the Slovak AF even nowadays has not got any Western-built aircraft in ist inventory, the airshow promised to be one of the best showcases of the „good old days“ and demonstration of „Soviet Air Power“ in Europe (with Slovakia being part of the European Union).
Of course the display sets of the Slovak AF were not extensive, and the tradional opening fly-by of the show lacked some aircraft compared to previous years. But nevertheless, there was a Mi-17, 3x Mi-24, 3x L-39, 3x MiG-29 and an An-32 in the air!

More aerial demonstrations of the Slovak Air Force was a MiG-29 and L-39 solo display, L-39 airfield attack, a two-ship MiG-29 „tail chase“, as well as role demonstrations by Mi-17 and Mi-24 helicopters.

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