Posts Tagged 'air show'

Red Bull Air Race 2008 Budapest Qualification – Photos

Air Race started from Budapest and naturally this year again the show is here in the capital of Hungary again. Today the qualification has been on over the Danube right in the middle of the city, among thousands of spectators. Hungarian fans are enthusiastic, they are proud of their great stunt flier world champion, Peter Besenyei, who actually invented this race. Here is my personal summary of the qualification from Budapest. You can view all my pictures here.

As we could get used to it during the days, the air race is not just about those stunt fliers and the race itself, it is always a kind of a celebration of flying. During today’s qualification we could see the following shows:

– a motorized glider flying through pulling a 300 m long plastic bandin the three colors of the Hungarian flag: red, white and green. It circled around the scene a little bit threatening the crowd of stumbling into its own “dragon tail”. It was really fantastic.

Glider over Budapest

Glider over Budapest

Glider over Budapest

Glider over Budapest

– a stunt flying show performed by one of the former air race team members.

Heart made of smoke

Heart made of smoke

– the most spectacular performance was the synchronized stunt flying of the Breitling Jet Team with 6 albatros fighter planes maneuvering in perfect harmony and extreme precision.

Stunt flying fighter planes

Stunt flying fighter planes

Breitling Jet Team

Breitling Jet Team

– after the first qualification series the next big thing was a B-25, a US World War II aircraft, which is very rare nowadays, so it was a special occasion we could see such a plane over Budapest.

B-25 over Budapest

– unfortunately I missed a special plane, a Corsair F4U, again a World War II aircraft manufactured originally in the US.

F4U over Budapest

F4U over Budapest

The result of the qualification is:

1st: Paul Bonhomme

2nd: Hannes Arch

3rd: Peter Besenyei (well done, Peter!) ūüôā

The only special event during the qualification was when Alejandro hit one of the balloons that had to be rebuilt. See special pictures of the reconstruction below.

Read more about the qualification here.

Rebuilding the balloon gate

Rebuilding the balloon gate

Rebuilding the balloon gate

Rebuilding the balloon gate

Rebuilding the balloon gate

Rebuilding the balloon gate

Photos: Szafi, Red Bull Air Race official website

By Szafi

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1 Killed, 10 Injured in German Air Show

A small turboprop plane hit the crowd of spectators at an air show in Germany, Kindel Airfield near Eisenach on 26 April. The small plane failed to take off and it ran into the crowd of onlookers.

1 person, a 45-year-old woman was killed and 10 suffered serious injuries including the 35-year-old pilot. Other seven were lightly injured, including 2 children.

The plane also hit a children’s carousel, which luckily did not operate at the time of the accident.

The aircraft involved was a Zlin Z-37 Cmelak, a Czech built single-seater plane which had been used by authorities in former East Germany as a cropduster.

By Szafi

Dubai Air Show Orders I.

On the first day of the 2007 Dubai Air Show great orders were revealed, and there are three more days to go…

Emirates Logo   Emirates Airbues A380

Emirates have voted for Airbus, by placing the largest order to date for the new Airbus A350, by 70 pieces. They took option on an additional 50, while added 11 A380 to the already largest fleet of A380’s to raise the total number to be operated by the airline to 66 (47 original orders + 8 commitments earlier this year, and the 11 yesterday). If they take all of their options on the A350’s, Emirates would operate a 186 piece modern Airbus fleet by the end of the next decade (!). By selecting the A350 over the Boeing B787 Emirates gave a boost to the new Airbus program. Probably to bridge the time before the A350’s arrive, they also placed an order with Boeing for 12 long-range 777-300ER’s.

Qatar Airways¬†Logo¬† Qatar Airways on the other hand selected Boeing with placing firm orders for 30 B787 Dreamliners with options for another 30, while buying 27 B777’s as well, with 5 options. This is a total of 57 firm + 35 optional orders.

Virgin Nigeria Logo  Virgin Nigeria ordered 10 Embraer jets. The order consists of 7 E170 and 3 of the larger E190, with options for 6 more E190 regional jets.

The show goes on until Thursday and will display daily flights of the A380.

by balint01

20 June, Paris Air Show

Just a few headlines for today from ATW Online:

  • ILFC orders 52 more 787s as Boeing nears July rollout
  • Airbus adds to strong Paris showing by inking firm orders for 43 A330s
  • Gallois: ‘Airbus is back’
  • Pratt signs second airline for CFM56 parts program, confirms Asian customer
  • IAE secures V2500 engine orders, aftermarket agreements valued at up to $1.77 billion
  • CFM wins $690 million in CFM56-5B orders
  • Honeywell to provide 747-8 FMS

by Szafi

19 June, Paris Air Show

The first bunch of news are gathered here for your convenience.

  1. Headlines from ATW Online
    • Airbus order book overflows on first day at Paris
    • Bombardier, AVIC I agree to cooperate on ARJ-21, CSeries development
    • Emirates expects major widebody order later this year
    • Lion Air orders 40 additional 737-900ERs valued at $3 billion
    • GECAS orders six additional 777Fs valued at $1.4 billion
    • Carson: ‘Unbelievable’ demand driven by nontraditional markets
    • Embraer wins E-Jet orders from Lufthansa, JAL
    • Boeing denies 787 problems
    • ATR confirms 53 orders this year
    • Additional stories


  2. An article on Business and Technology about the show.
  3. Headlines on Financial Times
  4. A nice article about the show on Spiegel.de English version

I hope you will enjoy reading the articles.

By Szafi

Paris Air Show 2007

The Paris Air Show 2007 started today. In the next posts we will try to keep you informed.

In the meantime here is the official site of the event.


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