This year’s edition of Bucharest International Air Show was the fifth one, thus making this event a regular one in Romania’s capital. And I must say I am happy to know that such a spectacular event celebrating flight is taking place in Bucharest each year, especially since Romanians had a huge contribution to building airplanes! – I won’t go into many details, but I do recommend you to find our more about Traian Vuia (who designed, built and tested a tractor configuration monoplane), Aurel Vlaicu (also engineer, pioneer in flying, inventor) and Henri Coanda (also physicist, inventor and so on).
In 2013 the Romanian Air Club – Aeroclubul Romaniei – celebrates 90 years. This institution is very active, and many wonderful and talented pilots, including aerobatic pilots, started here. So this year’s edition was dedicateed to this institution and all of the pilots who worked and learned here over the years. I must say I liked the fact that the pilots with the B25 from Flying Bulls presented a Romanian flag when landing in the second part of the show.
As you might remember, I managed to attend in last year’s edition too – you can read and see almost 40 photos from BIAS 2012 here.
Bucharest International Air Show 2013 was a one day event with the show split in two parts. The first one started early in the morning – around 8.30 – and finished around 3 PM.
The second one started a little after 6 PM and lasted until 9 PM, followed by a concert and a really awesome over 7 minutes fireworks show!
The second part was indeed spectacular as it included flights at dusk – spectacular, yet dangerous as well. But enough said: let’s look at the photos!
CLICK on the photos for a larger view – 1500 px!)
One of the first ways of transportation by air: a hot air baloon:
There were some Cessna airplanes:
Some were surprised to hear that one of the wings from this formation was a former prime-minister of Romania – Calin Popescu Tariceanu.
There was an exercise performed by Ministry of Internal Affairs’s representatives .
Hawks of Romania with a new solo pilot – a team of 5 now – really impressive! Great show, attracting spectators all over the world at the airshow this team attends.
Jurgis Kairys, Jurgis Kairys, the incredible Latvian pilot who designed a plane and improved a number of others. 😉
One of the most impressive airplanes – especially for the sound of the engines – is the B-25J Mitchell – a converted WW2 bomber – presented by the Flying Bulls team.
And a truly impressive young pilot (23 years old) – aerobatic gliding world champion: Luca Bertossio.
This year’s stars were Baltic Bees – lovely private acrobatic formation from Latvia!
You can find our more about Baltic Bees from their website – and here’s a video with them
Another interesting moment was presented by a Tarom airplane accompanied by The Hawks of Romania team.
The Flying Bulls also presented an Alpha Jet airplane.
In the second part of the show there were some impressive flights at dusk
And yes, the solo pilot of the Baltic Bees’ formation performed his number of “drunk plane” with the sun straight ahead!