Bulgarian air force airshow in Sofia October 10-11, 2014

Bulgarian air force airshow in Sofia October 10-11, 2014

Postby sovietjet on Mon 13 Oct 2014, 2:33 pm

Hello all. This weekend at Sofia international airport the Bulgarian air force hosted a very memorable airshow titled "This is us" celebrating 102 years. Everything that is currently flying in the air force was shown both on the ground and in the air. Many of the aircraft did things that have never been done publically before in Bulgaria. Specifically the MiG-29, MiG-21, C-27J Spartan and Bell 206 flew very hard. The MiG-29 solo, flown by brigadier general Rumen Radev - commander of the air force, did a very aggressive takeoff with a hard left bank. During his performance he did a "cobra" and "bell tailslide" maneuver with just a regular type 9-12 MiG-29. The Spartans did opposing crosses. The Bell 206s did a synchronized performance. Overall it was quite impressive and I won't soon forget it. On to the pics:

First the helicopters arrived in a group formation.

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One Mi-17 demonstrated firefighting

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The Bell 206 pair did a demo

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The Mi-17 and Cougars then showed a simulated combat landing.

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The C-27s first dropped parachtues, then arrived as a pair and did a demo, hard banks and crosses included :smile:

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The PC-9M and L-39s both did short but nice demos.

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This was followed by the pair of MiG-21s.

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And a pair of Su-25s.

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A pair of MiG-29s then flew a simulated dog fight. Tight turns and lots of afterburner!

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Finally, the star of the show. General Radev and his MiG-29 with an insane takeoff!

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The other aircraft all came back in formation at the end.

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Some of the aircraft on the ramp after the show:

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The flightline:

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Re: Bulgarian air force airshow in Sofia October 10-11, 2014

Postby Red Dragon on Mon 13 Oct 2014, 3:32 pm

That MiG-29 take off Impressive :love: However it would be banned in RIAT I think!
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Re: Bulgarian air force airshow in Sofia October 10-11, 2014

Postby marpleman on Mon 13 Oct 2014, 3:37 pm

That's a great set, hard to choose a favorite !

The Spartans in tandem is very nice!
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Re: Bulgarian air force airshow in Sofia October 10-11, 2014

Postby Maisie on Mon 13 Oct 2014, 3:47 pm

Great stuff.... remind me why I've never gone to such event. Love the Let-410's in the background too! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Bulgarian air force airshow in Sofia October 10-11, 2014

Postby Tobyone1985 on Mon 13 Oct 2014, 5:49 pm

Stunning shots from what looks and sounds like an amazing show.
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Re: Bulgarian air force airshow in Sofia October 10-11, 2014

Postby st24 on Mon 13 Oct 2014, 7:06 pm

Fabulous stuff all round. What an air arm! :clap:
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Re: Bulgarian air force airshow in Sofia October 10-11, 2014

Postby RichPittman on Mon 13 Oct 2014, 8:21 pm

Was a great event, attended by just a hand full of enthusiasts as it seems everyone was in Spain.
The Mig29 display was something else :rock:
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Re: Bulgarian air force airshow in Sofia October 10-11, 2014

Postby bigcrow on Mon 13 Oct 2014, 8:58 pm

Impressive shooting, looked a great show were they taken inside or out?
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Re: Bulgarian air force airshow in Sofia October 10-11, 2014

Postby DanO1978 on Mon 13 Oct 2014, 11:00 pm

What an event!

An air force who whom "it'll do" doesn't come into consideration when it comes to airshows. How unlike our own RAF.
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Re: Bulgarian air force airshow in Sofia October 10-11, 2014

Postby SPLAT on Tue 14 Oct 2014, 8:39 am

Great set of shots , like the two Spartans together and in opposition.
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Re: Bulgarian air force airshow in Sofia October 10-11, 2014

Postby Wissam24 on Tue 14 Oct 2014, 12:57 pm

Wow what a cracking lineup. I know where I'll be going next year...
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Re: Bulgarian air force airshow in Sofia October 10-11, 2014

Postby Carlito on Tue 14 Oct 2014, 5:20 pm

Superb shots of General Radev MiG :shock:
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Re: Bulgarian air force airshow in Sofia October 10-11, 2014

Postby flybynight on Tue 14 Oct 2014, 8:04 pm

Great set Ivan, especially as the sun was directly in front all day. I assume you were on the civil side for the rehearsals and inside for that 2nd 'insane' take off shot of General Radev heading towards the crowd Line? :dizzy: I cannot believe how close all the aircraft came :hypno:
As for the inverted shot, do you have it with the ground in view to show how low he was directly from that missed approach? Definitely not allowed in the UK!

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Re: Bulgarian air force airshow in Sofia October 10-11, 2014

Postby Airwolfhound on Tue 14 Oct 2014, 8:43 pm

Spectacular shots, do love that tooled up Mil 17 :rock: :rock:
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Re: Bulgarian air force airshow in Sofia October 10-11, 2014

Postby Agg on Wed 15 Oct 2014, 5:44 am

Great set from what looks like a fantastic event! :)
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Re: Bulgarian air force airshow in Sofia October 10-11, 2014

Postby Vixen1 on Wed 15 Oct 2014, 9:07 am

Superb shots especially the Mig 29 trade-off. :clap:
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Re: Bulgarian air force airshow in Sofia October 10-11, 2014

Postby Chrisse on Wed 15 Oct 2014, 9:23 am

flybynight wrote:
Chrisse wrote:What the hell was I doing in bloody Spain? :facepalm: :wall:

Should have listened to me at Shoreham :grin:


I will next time! :grin: Told you I was very much in doubt about trading Spain for Bulgaria.
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