Çigli/Izmiolkel june 2011,
Turkey like so many other countries
celebrates its Centennials this year. The official events already
started in January, and will go on the rest of the year. On of the
highlight for spotters is the International “Turkey Air Show 2011” ,
hosted at the 2nd Main Jet Base Command (Çigli/Izmir) . For the first
time a spotters package was offered for the days around the air show. In
a country normally not so open regarding their military, it was no
wonder that the spotter package was soon fully booked.
Several aerobatic teams performed at the large-scale “Turkey Air Show
2011” including Italy's Frecce Tricolori, France's Patrouille de France,
the United Kingdom's Red Arrows, Poland's Bialo Czerwone Iskry,
Croatia's Krila Aluje, Spain's Patrulla Aguila¸ United states
Thunderbirds and of course Turkey's own
On the static display were some interesting planes from the Turkish Air
Force. On the first part of the static in the shelter area where the planes
normally based here displayed. Consisting of trainer
aircraft of the Turkish Air Force, T-41 "Mescalero", T-37 "Tweety", T-38
"Talon” and of course the new and KT-1 turboprop trainer.
In the second line-up other planes from the Turkish Air Force were
shown. These included the famous F-4 “Phantom” , F-5 “tiger” and
helicopters including the AH-1 “Cobra “. But also the most modern
aircraft of the Turkish AF like the recently delivered first F-16D Block
50 (with just a few hours of flying in the frame) and a Boeing 737 "Wedgetail"
AEW aircraft. And UAV’s from TAI and IAI where on display.
Airplanes from over 13 countries were
taking part in the “Turkey Air Show 2011” . These varied from the well
known types like a Dutch and Belgium F-16 to a C-130 from Algeria.
Making the show special was the fact that everybody hoped to see planes
from the neighbouring countries. This was not to be the case, but the
planes that did attend made the show still interesting. Interesting
planes included a C-27 SPARTAN from Bulgaria, an AN-26’s from Serbia,
Slovakia and Romania and two F-16A’s from Jordan.
For many people the stars of the show where the F-16’s and JF-17’s from
On Saturday the flying display began with a parachutists display and the
"Inventory Flypast". This was the moment we were looking out for in the
hope to see al lot of different types of the Turkish Air Force. The
"Turkish Air Force Inventory Pass", which included Cougar helicopters,
T-41, SF-260, T-37, KT-1, T-38, CN-235, C-160, C-130, KC-135, F-16,
F4-E/2020, NF-5 2000.
Next up was one off the oldest aircraft in the inventory a T-34. After
this the demos of the teams started and continued until the end of the
The show was interesting and well organised and we enjoyed our stay at
the show and in Izmir.