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 Kecskeméti Nemzetközi Repülőnap (Hungary) 2008

Kecskemét airshow celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Hungarian Air Force probably was the most eventful aviation event in Europe this year.

Though retired from Hungarian service already in 2000 with six aircraft shown the MiG-21 was one of the most numerous types at the show. Among five (no longer operational) Hungarian aircraft were a MiG-21bis, ...

 

... a MiG-21MF in the colours of the communist era and ...

 

... a MiG-21UM, all shown in perfect condition as well as ...

 

... a dismantled MiG-21bis, loaded onto a trailer and ...

 

... the well-known 1904 (also a MiG-21bis) in Camel colours of 1991.

 

Only operational MiG-21 in static display was this LanceR C from Romania, side by side ...

 

... with a German Eurofighter and other aircraft.

 

Flying display traditionally was opened by a Mi-8 with Hungarian flag, followed by ...

 

... different formations, for example An-26 with MiG-29 and ...

 

... a group of JAS-39 Gripen.

 

While Hungarian MiG-29 and Gripen showed their solo displays, ...

 

... MiG-21 LanceR C 6305 from Baza 86 Aeriana in Fetesti taxied to take-off.

 

Like at its stoppover in Erfurt and its participation in French National (Bastille) Day Parade in Paris Gheorghe GICA Stancu was sitting in the cockpit, ...

 

... who gave the spectators a great display.

 

Beside this lots of stunning displays were shown by several display teams - like Turkish Stars.

 

(Almost) all combat aircraft flying today in Europe were part of the flying display, like this Finnish F-18, ...

 

... which like other fighters fired a lot of flares, ...

 

... a French Mirage 2000, ...

 

... a Spanish Eurofighter, ...

 

... the Orao in special colours already known from Batajnica and ...

 

... a British Harrier.

 

Like in the previous years departure was a highlight, as aircraft of the static display could be seen in the air too, among them this Greek A-7 Corsair and ...

 

... the Polish Su-22UM3K.

 

Pilot Gheorghe GICA Stancu like before in Erfurt took the chance ...

 

... to say goodbye with a roll, ...

 

... while his colleague from Câmpia Turzii departed without any show.