One of the best travel ideas that are out of the box and don’t require professional equipment and meticulous preparation is to travel for less conventional but unbelievable breathtaking airshows. All you have to do is grabbing your camera/ smartphone, immersing in the excitement of the crowd, and admiring the roar of jet engines and the colorful smoke trails left in the sky. If you’re in search of such a unique experience, mark your 2017 calendar for the far-famed “Airshow Radom” that’s recognized as the best European airshow. Well organized and highlighted by its storytelling airshow commentating and interactive displays, the Airshow Radom appeals to a much bigger audience that is beyond military fans.
General Airshow Tips + What to Bring
- Typically, the biggest airshows in the world are packed with delicious local food stands. Airshow Radom is not an exception. We highly recommend you to try some Polish delicacies there when you visit the Airshow Radom 2017. In case you are on a diet or don’t like to eat out, just pack a lunch and fruits in your bag. Airshow Radom organizers, due to its security measures, do not allow you to take your own beverages, so, take an empty water bottle to fill with water served inside. You can also buy yourself a beer or soda drinks at the food stands.
- Airshow Radom is always 2 full-day event (at least 10 hours of performances every day), so make sure that you bring a chair or a simple blanket to make your day a lot more comfortable.
- Airshow Radom is always being held in August and Poland can get pretty hot during the time frame(around 30 C). Bring an umbrella to cover yourself up from the sun and don’t forget to bring sunscreen and apply it every 3 hours to avoid the unpleasant sunburn.
- Take a camera with a more professional zoom to capture the incredible soaring stunts in action.
- If you want to take a picture of a plane taking off or landing, take a small plastic ladder or podium to get a better view above the crowd.
5 reasons why going to airshows is a great idea
- You will meet plenty of people who are passionate about the aviation and willing to give you many interesting insights of an aircraft . You may be inspired to try “crazy” things you never thought before! Yes, paragliding, sky diverting, aircraft photography, …etc, only the sky is the limit.
2. You will get to know the history of host country: there always are countless displays that exhibit the most interesting historical facts with pictures. You can also find unique, old-fashioned planes, and items that are borrowed from the top-notch national museums (such as the image below).
- This will be an adventurous trip that requires no preparation.
- It will broaden your horizons.
- You will immerse in the excitement of watching the insanely difficult stunts and picturesque performance by world-class pilots.
Airshow Radom, the biggest event in Europe
The first Air Show Radom was launched in 2000 and it has been an extremely successful event ever since. It is an international airshow held biannually in the end of August in Radom, a city about 100 km to the South of Warsaw. This year’s edition, which took place over the weekend of 22-23 August, had the best aviators from 20 countries demonstrating the incredible capabilities of air crafts and acrobatic performances. Apart from the soaring aerobatics, there was an aircraft exhibit called “static air shows”. You can touch it, visit inside, chat with pilots and servicemen, get flying tips from certificated flight instructors, mingle with the crowd, meet new people over a beer with delicious Polish grilled sausages.
Airshow Radom 2015
Roughly 260 planes and helicopters from 20 countries took part in the weekend’s Radom Air Show performances, including military machines from the Polish Air Forces. Two days of elaborate soaring stunts and aircraft displays brought around 200,000 visitors to the show, and, the airfield was completely packed with aircrafts. Poland was represented by „Biało-Czerwone Iskry” displaying TS-11 Iskra plane and „Orlik” team displaying PZL-130 Orlik.
For the first time, the Air Show included military equipment and weapon displays on the ground, which are all from the Polish Armed Forces. You could try out your luck in the aircraft simulators or hold the real weapons.
One of the stars of the 2015 airshow were Frecce Tricolori (“Tricolour Arrows”), officially known as the 313° Gruppo Addestramento Acrobatico from Italy. This aerobatic demonstration team of the Italian Aeronautic Military, based at Rivolto Air Force Base in the Friuli Venezia Giulia, not only colored the sky with a flypast green-white-red smoke, but also had the most fantastic running commentary. With a lovely Italian accent, the commentator prepared the audience to get ready their cameras right in time for the stunning aerobatics. Many visitors drove over 2,000 km by car to see the 40 minute performance of The Frecce Tricolori in Radom.
An Interesting fact: to honor Luciano Pavarotti, the Frecce Tricolori performed a tricolor smoke trail that represents the Italian flag’s colors on his funeral in Modena, on 8 September 2007. Ever since, this Italian team often plays Pavarotti during its performances – including the AirShow Radom 2015.
Another great performer was the Polish “Żelazny” team flying on Zlin Z-526AFS and Zlin Z-50L, adding this year some pretty cool stunts on gliders. It’s a very successful Polish group winning in many European competitions and also well known for its charming female team members…
Although the industry opinions of the TOP 5 performing planes are divided, MiG29, a Russian primary front line fighter, definitely won aviation enthusiasts’ votes for its distinctive look and incredibly loud roaring sound. MiG-29 is a twin-engine jet fighter aircraft designed in the Soviet Union, developed by the Mikoyan design bureau. It was said that it has filled the technological gap between the Soviet and the NATO fast jets and its sensors and weapon systems can bring down the Tomahawk cruise missiles!
MiG 21 – Lancer
The Romanian Air Force Commander displayed a MiG-21 Lancer soloist in “the flying pencil”. Although a routine display program since 2013, “the flying pencil”surely entertained the audience who still remember the times when Polish pilots were flying MiG-21, and, the younger generation who got to see it in the sky.
The Euro-fighter Typhoon displayed by the Capt Federico Petracca and presented by the ‘Boff’ Raffaele Beltrame from Italy made the day. The Euro-fighter Typhoon is the world’s most advanced swing-role combat aircraft with deplorable Air-to-Air and Air-to-Surface capabilities. The aircraft has proven and continues to demonstrate its high reliability under all climates.
The Mi-24 (named Hind by NATO) is a large helicopter gunship and also an attack helicopter that serves as a low-capacity troop transport for passengers. It has been operated since 1972, by the Soviet Air Force and its successors, and over 30 other nations.
The name says it all. The god of gods displayed by a Greek team of course…
Travel to airshows can be a great and fun adventure. There are plenty of airshows in Europe and the North America. Below is a list of the most eminent airshows all over the world. Are you ready for the fun?
Airshows in Europe
Airshows in US
Airshows in Asia
Airshows all over the world
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