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Osan Airpower Day 2011

Where? Osan AB, South Korea
When? 29-30/10/2011

The Osan Airpower Day 2011 must have left mixed emotions amongst many of the visitors. On one hand people enthusiastically did give applause for the aerial demonstrations, but on the other hand strict security measures did leave many people disappointed - mainly those who invested quite some efforts to come to South Korea to attend this event.

Bringing passports and the restrictions on backpacks and liquids are well known from other US airshows, but from a European point-of-view it will remain a mistery why visitors from the Netherlands were refused access to the show. Furthermore the show was scheduled until 5pm, however on Sunday the whole show area was closed from around 0330pm on for 'safety reasons'. Quite understandable as the ramp became 'hot' shortly afterwards as most of the RoKAF jets were leaving, but the Security Forces did not finish their duty until everybody was not only out of the ramp, but out of the airbase. Many disappointed faces were the cause amongst the visitors, as some spots along the fence would have provided some nice and rare views of the aircraft in action and ready to depart. The desire to photograph these rare views was not completely understandable for the Korean visitors, but all foreigners just shook their heads while being forced out way ahead of the scheduled end of the event.

But fortunately there were also many positiv things to remember that made the trip worthwhile.

Where for example can you see a U-2 taking off and landing during an airshow or A-10s and F-16s releasing flares during a CSAR demonstration?

The displays had to be modified a little bit on Saturday due to a very bad weather with a low ceiling, but in the end nearly all displays took place apart from the RoKAF "Black Eagles". Sunday brought a deep blue sky from the early morning on and best conditions for the flying displays.

A fabulous formation of A-10s did make the start together with parachutists carrying the Korean and US flags.

Shortly before the U-2 was launched with an impressive engine noise (for an aircraft that makes the impression of being a sailplane...) and amazing rate of climb.

The USAF did furthermore show their F-16 and A-10 solo displays in the morning.

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