Getting to the show was much more comfortable than in earlier years: although we parked quite far from the air base, the shuttle buses brought us from the parking lot right to the entrance. These buses were given priority, so they were able to run at a decent speed even while cars were stuck in the traffic jam all around the base. Neat!
The first sight could have been a bit friendlier, but a MiG-21 is a MiG-21 even when taken apart! To the left we see a demonstration how the MiGs were transported on the road. To the left a specially decorated 21, originally seen at the 1991 or 92 air show at the Taszár.
Fortunately there were airworthy 21s at the air show, too: the "Lancer"s of the Romanian Air Force. My camera is not exactly made for taking photos of airborne jet fighters, but I felt I must include this picture because of the lovely afterburner flame.
To the left: the Li-2 (the Soviet version of the Douglas DC-3) is a regular at air shows around Hungary. To the right: a Yak-52 trainer of the AF. They still look a bit odd to me with the 3-blade propeller - I'm used to the 2-blade configuration on this type.
Not exactly a warbird, but a wonderful aircraft anyhow: a Czeh C-105 (a.k.a. Zlin 126 "Trener II").
More Czech planes: an L-29 to the left (with hungarian tail markings on top of its original Czechoslovakian insignia) and an L-159 to the right.
Okay, this is a military air show, so let's see some warbirds: to the left a Mirage-2000, to the right a Dutch F-16.
This has been promised a couple of times before, but now it became reality: "Corsair II"s of the Greek air force. Unfortunately they were on static display only.
When there's no thrust-vectoring plane or Sukhoi around, the Mirage-2000 is usually the one with the best flight demonstration.
Beautiful plan, magnificently piloted!
A Spanish Eurofighter. Although its demonstration featured powerful elements, I had expected more...
Mi-171 of the Croatian air force and a Belgian Agusta A109.
To the left: the world's most powerful lawn mover, the Mi-24 - the "noise" on the picture is small bits of grass flying around :) To the right: a Zlin-43 and a Mi-1 (in the background) of the hungarian air force's museal collection.
To the left: alos out of the museal collection of our air force, a Sukhoi 22M3. To the right: a Polish two-seat Sukhoi 22M4.
VTOL and STOL: a Harrier of the RAF, and an Austrian Pilatus PC-6 "Turbo Porter".
I don't have a video camera, but I felt I have to record a short clip to perpetuate the loudness of the Harrier. This plane always amazes me!
To the left: the Croatian demonstration team "Wings of Storm" flew very nicely with their PC-9s. To the left: solo aerobatic demonstration by Zoltán Veres.
Very nicely executed tailslide, by two planes parallely.
Serbia brought multiple Galebs. Not the most powerful plane for an air show, but the programme was cool, especially with the music of AC/DC :)
The jet aerobatic teams "Turkish Stars" and "Frecce Tricolori" are regulars in Kecskemét.
The narrator of the Turkish team adds greatly to the performance with his temperamental style, but the sight and sound of so many jet fighters together is a feat in itself.
The "Frecce Tricolori" are more professional, with probably less temperament. But precision can also amaze!
I'm sure there's a great deal of work just to get the choreography together - no idle seconds here!
The theme of this year's Kecskemét air show was the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Hungarian Airforce. They decorated a MiG-29 with a special livery featuring the silhoutte of a Reggiane/MÁVAG "Hawk", but I must admit, I didn't like this paintwork at all :( To the right: a shark-teethed L-39 - also not my cup of tea.
Air force base Pápa in West-Hungary has been abandoned many years ago, now it will become a base for the NATO joint logistics. To celebrate this, a C-17 "Globemaster III" - the type which the new base will operate - has provided a demonstration of its capabilities.
Clearly a great plane!
There were many other planes this day, but I have rather watched than photographed :)