Presentation on theme: "The A380 was one of the stars. The Airbus family demo flights were impressive and the A340-600 pilots impressed me most with some impossible maneuvers."— Presentation transcript:
The A380 was one of the stars. The Airbus family demo flights were impressive and the A340-600 pilots impressed me most with some impossible maneuvers that you don't see everyday...
The (replica) Messerschmitt Me 262 B-1A was a highlight
The display pilot did a lot of explaining and on the left side some "old eagles" are probably discussing the benefits of the current engines compared to the unreliable old ones...
Sweet sounds! Having started their engines a Douglas Skyraider and a Chance Vought Corsair enter the taxiway to begin their aerial demonstration
...closely followed by a rare Spitfire Mark 19. A Mustang P-51 was also there but it did not fly. On its way to Berlin it lost its bubble canopy which crashed into a tennis court (nobody was hurt). The pilot did not abort the flight and also did not declare an emergency. Instead he decided to press on because his windshield was still intact. This seems to have caused some concern with some German paper shufflers..
The fast movers: Northrop F-5E The Patrouille Suisse put on a magnificent display of precision flying. And yes, the pilots had Breitlings on their wrists...
There was a small scandal two years ago. When they left the airshow and headed back for Switzerland the buzzed the Swiss embassy in the middle of Berlin as a farewell greeting. They were accused of violating minimum altitude rules, which they denied. Berlin air traffic control tried to prove the violation but the recorded data was somehow "lost". I hope they do it again..
The Eurofighter is now active with the Luftwaffe. In former years when it was still a flight test prototype it was displayed several times but in a kind of mild manner. Now it is different. It is a very agile and highly maneuverable aircraft and those two pilots did a great show with a mock dog fight. Impressive!
The Mig 29M MOV is an incredible machine. I don't know if the pilot bent the airframe during his high G maneuvers but it was a magnificent display! Some stunts really looked out of this world and the laws of physics did not seem to apply. If there ever is one performing in your vicinity - go see it!