The traditional Hungarian Airshow, held every two years, grows continuously in importance and can now be considered a gem among European air events.
Leit motiv of 2010 edition was seventieth anniversary of Hungarian aviation and the final public display of the Hungarian MIG 29, now on the road of radiation following completition of the Gripen fleet and limitation in manoeuvres after a tragic crash in 2009, when one of the Mig 29 suffered a tail plane separation just in Kecskemet.
The presence of the Mig 29s, with an additional example from Slovakia, as well as the Rumanian Mig 21s, were magnet to a large crowd, measured in about 150.000 units on Saturday and almost twice on Sunday.
Access to the airbase was with a 15 Euro ticket, not discouraging people in this part of Europe, accompanied by a large part of European spotters, enjoying the good date amidst the holiday period.
MIGs weren’t the only focal point: Israeli Airforce presented statically a C 130H and a F16D; equally static was a Sukhoi SU 27 from Ukraine; Gripens are always present in Kecskemet, with the local examples supplemented by Czeck and Swedish team mates. French star was an excellently piloted Rafale.
Eurofighter EF 2000 were displayed by Germany and Austria, with the firts present in the static display and the second author of some unexciting passes during a mission from Zeltweg.
Spanish Air Force was Flying Mirage F 1EE and F/A 18A+, Serbia their Super Galeb; from the Netherlands there was the traditional presence of the Demo Team F 16A, while commemorative Belgian F 16A coded FA-110 was also displaying a nice performance; from the Czeck republic with the afore mentioned Gripen there also were a L 139, the L 159 prototype and the Mil Mi 24 in the blue Tiger Meet livery.
The group of aerobatic teams present includes Polish Iskry team, Patrouille Suisse, Turkish Stars and Breitling Jet Team.
Aeronautica Militare displayed the C 27J of Reparto Sperimentale Volo, an AMX from 51° Stormo, a C130J and Frecce Tricolori Team.
In a rare public display was present also ond of the two hungarian C 17A; last but not least from Hungaria also flying was the sole Lisunov LI 2 in Malev colors.
Highlight of the two days was an imposing airpower demonstration by Hungarian Air Force, during which a good part of the operating planes was displayed in a 45 minutes performance; start motive was air duel, in which a fake dogfight was staged by two Gripens, chasing the ‘bad boys’ on two Mig 29, one of whom was dsplaying a nice commemorative scheme for 70 years of airforce depicting a Reggiane RE-2000 on the fuselage back; with large fireworks display was enacted the bombing of the airport. After clearing the sky from the air menace, it was the time of the assault force, landing on an An 26 under the escort of a Gripen; after the tactical landing the assault forces had to defend from strafing Hinds. All in all a very nice display, much loved by the large mass, who was also pampered by the orgenizers with large recreation areas and the public display of historic aeronautical fleet from Hungaria.
Images and text by Ugo Vicenzi
Produced by Giorgio Ciarini