2017 Event Review

Inowroclaw AFB Open Day and Mi-2 Meeting, May 22, 2017
Location: 56th Air Base at Inowrocław-Latkowo, Poland
Admission: Free General Admission
Parking: Free on-site
Value: Very good
Rating out of 10: 8.5
 
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On May 22nd we visited the 56th Air Base at Inowrocław-Latkowo, inPoland, to attend the Open Day celebration, also known as the 4th Kuyavian Helicopter Picnic. On the same occasion 50th Anniversary of Service of the Mi-2 helicopters with the Polish Aviation was celebrated.

The flying program included displays performed by the Mi-2 Hoplite, Mi-24D/W Hind and W-3PL Gluszec helicopters, W-4 Puszchzyk helicopter, Mi-24W Hind solo, and duo helicopter displays, W-3WR Anaconda SAR Helicopter Demo, Su-22M4 Fitter ground-attack, MiG-29A Fulcrum fighter demo and Orlik Aerobatic Team. The Orlik Team flew their PZL-130 Orlik turboprop trainer aircrafts. A civilian Xtreme Air SBach 300 aerobatic aircraft aslo flew.
The static display had a good selections of helicopters, such as Mi-2 Hoplie variants, SW-4 Puszchzyk, PZL W-3PL Głuszec, Mi-24W Czeh Republic Caslav AFB, and Mi-24D Hind from the Polish forces. The German Army sent one of their EC-135 helicopters from their Bückeburg AFB. There were armored vehicles on display from the Polish Army that included Leopard A5, and PT-81 Twardy Main Battle Tank, ZSU-23 Biala, Anti-Aircraft unit and several other military vehicles. .
Access to the Open Days was free. Several thousands spectators were able to see the diversity of the Mi-2 variants and the dynamic demonstration of the Polish Air Force and the Navy .
Performers included:

Mi-2

Mi-24D/W Hind

W-3PL

W-4

Mi-24W Hind solo and duo helicopter displays

W-3WR Anaconda SAR Helicopter Demo,

Su-22M4 Fitter ground-attack demo

MiG-29A Fulcrum fighter demo

Orlik Aerobatic Team PZL-130 Orlik

Xtreme Air SBach 300

C-130

Static included:

Mi-2 variants

SW-4

PZL W-3PL

Mi-24W Czeh Republic Caslav AFB,

 Mi-24D

EC-135German Army  Bückeburg AFB.

Polish Army vehicles such as  Leopard A5, and PT-81 Twardy Main Battle Tank, ZSU-23 Biala, Anti-Aircraft  vehicle

Report and photography by István Kelecsényi for The Aviation Magazine

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