Airshow Varazdin (Croatia) 2009

 

Small can be beautiful. Big airshows require good planning. Not that small airshows do not require planning, but they retain more flexibility. The airshow in at the airport of Varazdin is a good example, where, due to bad weather, the show was postponed with 2 weeks, to 11 and 12 July. This was good for me, since I would not have been able to make it on the originally planned date.

Another positive side is that one stands relatively close to the action.

 

 

There was a mix of civilian and military hardware, interesting for anyone...

 

...including aircraft that one does not see every day, such as this Bell 212 of the Croatian Police...

 

...or this Jet Ranger of the neigbouring country Slovenia...

 

More often seen on airshows throughout Europe these days is the PC-9 of the Slovenian Air Force...

 

The Croatians also showed their PC-9 with the aerobatics team 'Krila Oluje' (Wings of Storm)

 

Interesting to see at a Croatian show is a Serbian Soko Galeb, which gave a nice demonstration...

 

The French sent an Alpha Jet...

 

The Hungrians, besides a Mi. 24 "Hind", a JAS 39 "Gripen"... flying around at a relatively high altitude...

 

Highlight of the show was the Antonov 32 of the Croatian Air Force. This aircraft moves through the air like a swan. Not that it is slow. On the contrary. When I saw the performance it reminded me a bit of the Fokker F-27 display of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, meanwhile already many years ago...

 

The Hunted and the Hunter... Unplanned was this picture when 2 helicopters had to move to a different place to be displayed, in the evening after day 1 of the show. It seems that the Robinson 44 was hunted by the Hungarian Mi. 24 "Hind"...

 

Although not my personal highlight (see above), seeing a Mig 21 flying by like a rocket is of course great. The speed, the sound, the flame from the afterburner and well, the fact that it is a Mig 21, made it an appropriate closure of the show at both days...

 

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