|Text & Pictures: Anthony Graulus © sbap 2013|
Kecskemét is a city in the central part of Hungary. It is the 8th largest city in the country, and the county seat of Bács-Kiskun.
Kecskemét lies halfway between the capital Budapest and the country's third-largest city, Szeged, 86 kilometers from both of them and almost equal distance from the two big rivers of the country, the Danube and the Tisza. It is the northern of two centers of the Hungarian Southern Great Plain (Hungarian: Del-Alföld) region (comprising the three counties Bács-Kiskun, Békés and Csongrád); the southern center is Szeged, the seat of Csongrád county.
name of the city stems from the Hungarian word kecske, meaning "goat".
|Kecskemčt Air Base (Google map)|
|Hungarian Air Force FIAT CR.42 (archives HuAf)||Messerschmitt Bf 109 G4 (archives HuAf)|
The organizers promised the public a very high level air show with numerous surprises rarely seen in Europe. One have to say without any doubt that they kept their promises with participating aircraft from Ukraine, Romania, Serbia and Estonia in this Gripen’s lair.
But the real surprise came straight from Russia as the Russian Knights, flying 5 SU-27 Flanker, were the highlight, of the show. This was the first time since long that Russia was again present in European skies. The technical support was flown in by a IL-76.
The air show also saw a variety of aircraft with a Romanian Mig-21 demonstration, an Ukrainian SU-27 in static and an historic part of the Hungarian Air Force with all the former fighters used by the Hungarian during the Cold War, like the Mig-21, the SU-22 or a superbly preserved Mig-23.
|Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi SU-27 "Flanker" 831 Fighter Brigade||RAF Tornado GR4 from 15 Squadron|
|Marineflieger Seaking Mk41 from MFG 5||Spanish Air Force Casa C295M from 353 Squadron|
|Mil-Mi 8 UR-MSF from Motor Sich Airlines||Serbian Air Force Antonov An-26 from 138 transport squadron|
|Belgian Air Force C-130H from 15 Wing||Belgian Air Force F-16 from 31 Squadron|
|Mig 17PF "Fresco", Mig 15 and Aero L-39ZO||Mig 15|
|Mig 21 MF||Mig 21 UM|
|Mig 15 UTI preserved in flying conditions|
|Austrian Air Force Saab 105OE|
|Slovenian Air Force Pilatus PC-9M||Austrian Air Force Pilatus PC-7, the new colors of the solo display|
|Hungarian Air Force Antonov An.26 in company of Saab JAS-39C "Gripen"||Hungarian Yak-52 training aircraft|
|Mil-Mi-17 with the national colors||Gripen solo display|
|Romenian Air Force Mig-21-UM from Flotila 71 Aer|
|Polish Air Force Sukhoi SU-22M-4 from 21 Blt|
|Lisunov Li-2T in Malev colors||Boeing C-17A from F210/SAC2|
|Czech Air Force Mil-Mi 35 from 221 lbvr||Hungarian Air Force Mil-Mi-17|
|Belgian Air Force F-16AM solo display "Grat"|
|Baltic Bees Aero L-39c||Italian Air Force "Frecce Tricolori"|
|Netherlands Air Force F-16AM solo display "Stitch"|
|Spanish Air Force "Aguila"|
|Turkish Air Force "Turkish Stars" in their new livery|
|Cratia Air Force "Krila Oluje" (Wing of Storm)|
The Russian Knights is an aerobatic demonstration team of the Russian Air Force. Originally formed on April 5th, 1991 at the Kubinka Air Base as a team of six Sukhoi Su-27s, the team was the first to perform outside the Soviet Union in September 1991 when they toured the United Kingdom. On December 12th, 1995, disaster struck as three team jets flew in-formation into a mountainside near Cam Ranh, Vietnam during approach while en route to home from a Malaysian airshow during very bad weather conditions. The team now performs with four Su-27Ps and two Su-27UBs.
The Kubinka air force base located 60 km west of Moscow is well known both in Russia and abroad. For years, it has been known as the Air Force installation used for demonstrating advanced combat aircraft to national and foreign leaders. Nowadays, Kubinka AFB is known as the best aerobatics school where the Russian Knights and Swifts aerobatics teams are stationed. Meanwhile, Kubinka is a major base of the Russian Air Force in the Moscow area.
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