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NATO Days Ostrava 2012
Where? Ostrava, Czech Republic
When? 22-23/09/2012

What a show! MiG-29 Dogfight, M2000 "Ramex Delta", 2x Su-22 Fitter in formation flight, Eurofighter displays, the Red Arrows... Twelve years after its first edition the NATO Days at Ostrava were a stunning event.

Not only focused around aircraft the event itself did also present ground demonstrations of security and armed forces, tank driving and so on. With this vast amount of attractions it attracted 210.000 visitors during the week-end, making it the second largest public event in the Czech Republic. But as this site is all about aircraft I will concentrate on the flying part. This will await you on the following pages:

On Saturday morning the official opening of the NATO days was held, meaning the fly-in of a Mi-8 VIP transport helicopter, presence of the Czech AF A319 and a helicopter formation followed by a C296 with two L-159 along its wings. Unfortunately Gripens were missing, but one arrived shortly afterwards with the French C-135FR tanker aircraft and showed a demonstrated air-air refuelling.

Apart from that the program in the morning was dominated by the solo demonstrations of the Slovak MiG-29 solo display and the Italian C-27J Spartan impressed once more by its display including several rolls.

And there was of course the Austrian Eurofighter Typhoon flying in directly to the showground from its homebase Zeltweg and performing its display after arrival. It was thus not for nothing that they did practice their routine with the external fuel tank some weeks before the event.

Around midday it was a bit more quiet in the air, thus just the right moment to go for a typical Czech drink and to get something to eat. Particularly as it got really busy in the afternoon and there was no more time left then to photograph aircraft. For those being interested in the ground demonstrations however there was non-stop action!
The PC-9M from Slovenia and the Austrian S-70 and Swiss Super Puma helicopters did present first after lunch and opened the amazing flying display in the afternoon of the NATO Days 2012.

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