Airpower 16

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After intensive weeks of training, preparation and organization for the Tiger Fly-in our squadron deployed with seven aircraft to Zeltweg Airbase. Since our arrival till the end of the whole airshow, we were accompanied by great weather. 


While on Thursday there still was a lot of preparation work to do, we could welcome the first foreign tiger crews and aircraft on Wednesday. As well as some photo missions were executed in which Katushiko Tokunaga showed his competences.



After a stressful day, we together with our guests let the evening finish by a visit of the F1 RedBull Ring in Spielberg.


During the whole day in Thursday trainings and rehearsal flights took place while we finalized the Tiger Area and made some preparations for the Tiger BBQ in the evening.

In the meanwhile all participants made it to Zeltweg and so we could welcome a lot of Tiger crews at the BBQ, who found the way through our new inflatable Tigerhead Gate-guard.


The morning of the first day of the airshow, was shaped by finding a way though the mass of arriving visitors to get to the morning briefing.

The Displays of our Saab-105OE were a historical and a 4-ship formation, as well as a solo performance.


For the Leader of the historical Jet-Formation, our squadron comrade “Falco”, the most difficult part was, to find a way how to combine all the different aircraft performances in one display. (esp. Draken and Fouga Magista) Each one of the pilots had a lot of experience which was very helpful and ensured a great performance. The Display consisted of three overflights of a formation which might be never seen in this composition again.


The second act of our squadron was the 4-ship display under the lead of our CO “Lucky”. He showed a precise performance and together with his Nr.2 “Rapa”, Nr.3 “Devil” and Nr.4 “Homer” he let the memory of Karo-Ass awake.


Our last flying part was the Solodisplay of “Cherry” who presented impressive Aerobatics to the audience.


During the displays the visitors nearly overrun the Tiger static Area. All the tiger crews tried hard to answer als the questions of interested visitors.


As a relax area for some brakes, the Tiger Crew Area provided shady seat opportunities and cold drinks out of the, as well as a free wifi. The Area could be entered though the Tigerhead Gate-Guard as already mentioned above.



On Saturday at 1830 the last display of the Airpower 16 took place. Out of every perspective the airshow was a big success. 240 aircraft – more than 300.000 Visitors – and no accident was the magnificent résumé.



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