Traditionally at the end of the season, we bring you recordings from the large screen so you can remind yourself some of the displays of the 18th NATO Days in Ostrava & 9th Czech Air Force Days. In addition, you can also watch an archive of chats with pilots, thanks to Bookstore KNHCENTRUM.cz, which streamed them live over its Facebook page.
This year's XVIII. NATO Days in Ostrava & IX. Czech Air Force Days taking place at Leoš Janáček Ostrava Airport and dedicated to commemorating of the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia, has confirmed its position being the biggest security show in Europe. The Sunday part of the weekend programme was seen by 125,000 visitors, which, including Saturday, represents a total of 220,000 spectators.
A unique historical flypast of 16 different types of aircraft and helicopters accompanied by tones of Smetana's Vltava represented an introduction to the XVIII. NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days and envisaged the programme dedicated to the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia and its armed forces. First day of this extraordinary weekend show taking place at Leoš Janáček Ostrava Airport welcomed 95,000 visitors.
Only few hours are left to next NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days which will both commemorate the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia and emphasize the long-term cooperation with the United States which took over the role of Special Partner Nation this year. Although the venue got hit by rain, according to forecast, weather will not affect the weekend programme and visitors can look forward to unfogettable experience, which will be enriched by various foreign premieres.
Presentation of foreign ground forces equipment has already become an integral part of NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days, however, for the first time in history of the event there will be main battle tanks of two foreign participants. Whereas the US M1A2 Abrams will be seen at the static display, the German Leopard 2 will also take part in a dynamic display.
The U.S. Army in Europe has prepared a unique dynamic display of its M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle for this year's NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days. On the contrary, already confirmed Dutch KDC-10 tanker and German P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft cannot attend the show due to operational requirements.