Hungarian International Air Show and Military Display

Aviation enthusiasts in Hungary are no doubt thrilled at the news that the Hungarian International Air Show and Military Display will take place on 16 to 17 August 2008 at the Kecskemet Air Base. Usually a biennial (every two years) event, which should only take place again in 2009, this special edition of the Hungarian International Air Show and Military Display is in honor of the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Hungarian Air Force and the 160th anniversary of the Hungarian Armed Forces.

Hungarian Defense Minister, Dr. Imre Szekeres, and Chief of Staff, General András Havril have invited numerous countries and organizations to participate in the air show. Spectators are in for a spectacular show, with many of the participants showcasing the capabilities of their aircraft in mind-boggling aerobatic displays. Additionally, visitors will be able to enjoy an up-close view of the many static displays.

Confirmed participants in the Hungarian International Air Show and Military Display include Austria with its PC-6 Pilatus and S-70 Black Hawk; Belgium with its F-16, A-109, C-130 and a Fokker-50; and Finland with its F-18C/D Hornet. The Czech Republic will be showcasing nine of their aircraft including a Mi-171, Jak-11, IBIS 270 and L-29 Delfin. Spain’s five participating aircraft include the Eurofighter Typhoon and an F-18M as well as a display by the Patrulla Aguila Formation.

The Red Bull Team will add its special touch of fun and excitement to the program with a Mini Air Race display. Flying a Zivko Edge 540, award-winning Hungarian pilot, Peter Besenyei, will demonstration to awestruck spectators why he is so highly regarded in the aerobatic fraternity. As well as being the founder of the Red Bull Air Race, Peter Besenyei won first place in 2003 and second place in both 2005 and 2006. Other aircraft in the Red Bull stable include a Bell Cobra, B-25 Mitchell and DC-6.

Aircraft that will be displayed by Hungary, both on the ground and in the air, include an EC-135T2 Air Ambulance, a MD-500 used in the police service, a Beechcraft KingAir B200 and a Cessna Citation Jet CJ1. Hungarian aerobatic pilot Zoltan Veres will put his Extra-300S through its paces in a demonstration of skill that is sure to leave a lasting impression on the audience. The Hungarian Air Force will demonstrate the capabilities of its highly trained pilots and their hi-tech aircraft when the JAS-39C Gripen, MiG-29B, L-39 Albatross, An-26, Jak-52, Mi-8, Mi-17 and Mi-24 Hind take to the skies. The Air Force static displays will include MiG-15, MiG-17, MiG-21, MiG-23, Mi-1, Mi-2, Mi-4, Ka-26, Z-43 and Messerschmitt Bf 108.

Other countries and organizations that will be represented at the Hungarian International Air Show and Military Display include France, Greece, The Netherlands, Croatia, Poland, Germany, Italy, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, United States, NATO and Eurocopter.

There is no doubt that visitors to the Hungarian International Air Show and Military Display will enjoy the action-packed program. Certainly, it is an event that all aviation enthusiasts would not want to miss.