My first visit to an international airshow. The Thunderbirds of the US Airforce were a surprise guest in Switzerland.
International Aerospace Exhibition Berlin-Schönefeld 1998
International Aerospace Exhibition in Berlin-Schönefeld on 12.06.2010
As in 2008, the ILA 2010 took place under more or less provisional circumstances in the middle of the construction site for the major airport Berlin-Brandenburg-International. Despite the cramped conditions, the number of aircraft on display was very high and offered a broad overview from vintage to prototype.
Long before it was finally disbanded on June 30, 2014, KHR 26 had already seen a significant reduction in personnel. The number of remaining helicopters was also steadily decreasing. In September 2013, a "fly out" was organized in Roth. In December 2013, the regiment's last MBB BO 105s took off.
A must for anyone interested in aviation is the biennial aerospace exhibition held in Berlin. In 2014, the ILA Berlin Air Show again proved to be a well-organized event with exhibits from the entire spectrum of aviation and aerospace. During my visit on May 24, 2014, several highlights were offered in the Flying Display, such as the Breitling Jet Team with its German premiere and the F-16 Demo Team "Solo Türk" from Turkey, this year's partner country of the ILA. The "old acquaintances" of the Flying Bulls (B-25 and F-4 Corsair) and the Patrouille Suisse with their usual precise demonstration were also convincing. Slightly disappointing for me was "Willfire 2014", the live operational exercise of the German Armed Forces, which was apparently planned and carried out primarily under noise protection aspects.
As part of "Jackal Stone," the largest exercise for special operations forces in Europe, three Bell-Boeing CV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft were moved from their home base at Mildenhall in England to Grafenwoehr in September 2014. Led by the United States Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR), members from special operations units from the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Finland, Great Britain, Lithuania, Poland, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden and the United States participated. The objective of the exercise is to learn and coordinate operational principles, techniques, procedures and tactics among special operations units from different armed forces.
In 2015, for the first time, the Bundeswehr Technical Center for Aircraft and Aircraft Equipment (WTD 61) in Manching hosted an open day at various locations across Germany. Around 60,000 visitors accepted this invitation on June 13, 2015, and obtained information about careers or training with the Bundeswehr, admired the exhibits on display and enjoyed the approximately one-hour air show.
On September 5 and 6, 2015, the Italian aerobatic squadron "Frecce Tricolori" celebrated its 55th anniversary at its home base in Rivolto near Udine. Congratulators included air forces from Europe and the Middle East.
ILA Berlin was held in 2016 with a slightly different concept - the total duration of the trade show was reduced by one day, of which 2 event days remained reserved for the trade public. The highlights among the approximately 200 aircraft on display were certainly the Airbus A350XWB, the Antonov AN-178 transport aircraft and the Boeing B-52 of the US Airforce.
Around 240 aircraft were presented by the Austrian Armed Forces, Red Bull and the Province of Styria at the sixth edition of AIRPOWER. On September 2 and 3, 2016, a total of 300,000 visitors wanted to marvel at the demonstrations in the air and on the ground. The very varied program offered a broad cross-section of aviation, from loud fighter jets to quiet glider aerobatics.