This was the weekend of extremities, at least concerning the weather. Once it was cloudy, then it was burning hot, and an hour later it was raining cats and dogs, just to get clear again.
Clouds were splitting up as I took photos of this F-18 and a German "Phantom". The static display row was really strong this year!
Endurable lighting conditions as I photographed the Polish Sukhoi 22UM4 two-seater, and total mess when I got to this USAF F-16.
The Yugoslavian (Serbian) air force always brings interesting birds, like the Galeb G2 on the left or the SOKO J-20 "Kraguj" on the right.
Prop freighters: An-26 of the Hungarian Air Force, and the Hercules of the "Turkish Stars" team.
To the left: the modernised MiG-21 "Lancer" of the Romanian Air Force didn't fly today, which was a pity. I just cannot get used to Kecskemét without MiG-21s! To the right: an Agusta A109. Unfortunately I didn't take notes of which plane belonged to which country :(
Two-seaters of the Hungarian air force: MiG-29UB to the left, Saab JAS 39 "Gripen" EBS HU D to the right.
Large rotor birds: a Dutch CH-47 and a Hungarian Mi-24V. Latter sported a special paintwork.
Unfortunatel, the Harriers of the RAF remained on the ground. And also, they were parked against the lights :(
The Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm Bo-105 helicopter of the RedBull team executed a fantastic aerobatics display.
Two short videos just to prove the next two photos are not rotated images of a helicopter in level flight ;)
I know there are helicopters capable of flying like this, but they are usually absent from hungarian air shows.
The RedBull team also brought its Douglas DC-6 to Kecskemét. The sound of its four engines was worth getting soaking wet in the rain :) To the right three Yak-52 trainers of our air force, flying in formation.
More hungarian(-operated) jets: L-39ZO and a MiG-29 burning the soot out of its engines :)
The demo of the MiG wasn't as spectacular as in previous years, but it's a nice plane with a remarkable sound.
The demo flight of the day was presented by this Spanish EF-18.
(Sorry, no photo about the Gripen demo. That machine fails to amaze me, I went to the cantina during its flights.)
Classics: to the left - a museal Csepel truck, to the right: a Belgian F-16.
As for the extermities of the weather: these two photos (left: the Belgian F-16, right: a Yak-11) were taken less than an hour apart.
A Boeing 737 of Malév, and Saab MFI17 formation of the Danish air force.
The "Turkish Stars" jet aerobatics team first visited Kecskemét in 1998, and since then they're a regular act here. It would be hard not to love them, they're really enthusiastic!
Two short videos of their demo.
"Patrouille de France" is probably Europe's most professional jet aerobatics team.
I always thought the Alphajet was a boring and underpowered trainer, but it seems I was wrong: it can be flown very precisely.
Spinning and stuff. Even though the weather was a pain, washing away the whole opening scene of the day, and getting us wet multiple times, it was a fun air show!