Hungarian International Air Show & Military Display 2008
August 16-17, 2008
We started out early, to get there before the crowd sets in. This way we could enjoy the full effects of the static display: try out things, climb up on, handle, and photograph everything that strikes our fancy. Sitting in the shadow of the hangar, I mused over the curly lines drawn upon the sky by the planes, when all the sudden a Harrier GR9 popped up on the horizon...
We started out early, to get there before the crowd sets in. This way we could enjoy the full effects of the static display: try out things, climb up on, handle, and photograph everything that strikes our fancy. At the Mobile Radar
, I wrinkled my eyebrows and wondered, No way they can fit four soldiers in this. Four kids, maybe.
Later, encouraged by the serviceman standing by, I hauled my rear end into the vehicle, and feeling very uncomfortable on the front seat, I shook my head. Then I slid over to the back seat, and with my knees drawn up to my chin, frozen into a squirrel position, I thought that I definitely wouldn’t like another three adults sitting next to me in here. And I would definitely freak out if they closed the doors on us.
While I was on the verge of a claustrophobic fit in the Mobile Radar vehicle, over at the C-17 Globemaster
, I found myself tossed to the other end of the scale. This aircraft has no beginning and no end, no width and no length. Talking about elbow room in here: it feels like being on a US highway. They even made sure that the audience gets a full experience: one of the engines was running, so that we may associate a sound with the view. :)
We marched over to the site of the aerobatics display, and on our way there, we made sure to take pictures of the golden shine reflecting on the military band’s instruments. We couldn’t help but follow them with our eyes as they passed by, and we let out a sigh of relief, when we saw that the crowd opens up before them, just as the Red Sea parted before Moses.
Sitting in the shadow of the hangar, I mused over the curly lines drawn upon the sky by the planes, when all the sudden a Harrier GR9
popped up on the horizon. It stopped in mid air, turned left, to face the crowd, and just stood there, as if saying, What? You haven’t seen a fixed-wing aircraft hover before? It “hung out there” (literally) for a little longer, then whoosh, it flew off. Following a couple of fairly loud laps of honor, it returned to us, and with a cheeky grin on its face, it bowed before the audience. Then it sashayed to the left, turned to show its side, and then it started to reverse. This is what I call moonwalk! Move over, Michael Jackson! I promptly dropped my jaw, and I even forgot to clap. I guess the rest of the audience felt the same way, because everyone around me just stared out their faces, wondering, How does it do that?
I could tell you more of these, but I wont. The airshow is a ten-year tradition in Kecskemet. Come out and see it for yourself. You wont regret it. Just make sure you don’t get so addicted that you become a pilot. ;-)
: MH 59. Szentgyorgyi Dezso Air Base (Kecskemet, Air Base)