2015 Event Review

NATO Days & Czech Air Force Days OSTRAVA, Sept 19-20,2015
Location:Ostrava, Czech Republic
Admission: FREE     
Parking: 150 CZK which is about 5,50 €, free shuttle service
Value: Excellent
Rating out of 10: 9.5
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NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days are traditionally held at Leoš Janáček Airport, the avia-tion gateway to the largest city in Moravian-Silesian Region. Ostrava Leoš Janáček Airport as well as City of Ostrava and the Moravian-Silesian Region participate at the organization of the event at the long-term basis already.
NATO DAYS IN OSTRAVA began their tradition in 2001. Originally, they were a regional public presen-tation of armed forces, police and rescuers and have since evolved into the largest air, military & secu-rity show in Central Europe. This reference has been proven not only by the increasing interest among foreign participants but above all by the sheer numbers of event's visitors.
CZECH AIR FORCE DAYSare the official event of the Czech Air Force which is held upon the decision of the Ministry of Defense simultaneously with and as part of NATO Days in Ostrava. Thanks to this connection, a new prestigious format of the show emerged, serving as important quality warranty especially for foreign participants. This joint endeavor encourages organization of further international activities, as were the summit of the air force chiefs of the V4 countries, top-level bilateral meetings, conferences and other side-events during our show.
Special Guest Nation was Sweden, which brought a lot of equipment to Ostrava. So did the BAE Sys-tems Land Systems Hagglund of Sweden BV S10 and the Bofors Artillery System FH 77BW L52 Archer and the Sikorsky UH-60M in the static display, and the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight in the flying display, in formation and each aircraft also as solo display. .
But this was not only an event organized by NATO and the Czech Republic, this also the biggest secu-rity event in Europe. Responsible for the security part was the Czech non profit organisation JAGELLO 2000 which is also a part of the Atlantic Treaty Organisation since 2003. Many different units from the Czech Republic, Fire Brigade, Border Control, Police, etc. were involved in the ground and the static displays. Special guest were 8 members from the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center (KASOTC), the Female Company for Special Security Tasks of Jordan Armed Forces (FCSST JAF). They were shown in a dynamic demonstration together with soldiers of the 102nd Reconnaissance Battalion of the Czech Army as they performed a mock liberation of hostages from a terrorist base, using a helicopter airdrop. At the end of day one can say that it was a fantastic and unique event in Europe!
Of course, we cannot forget the food: enough variety for everyone with excellent prices that worked for all budgets.
Conclusion: a highly successful event for everybody! Great flying demos, fantastic ground displays combined with a professional organization. Well done!!!
Media would like to express our thanks to the head of the press Center for their great hospitality and assistance on base. Our special thanks to Mrs. Barbora Urbisova. Thank you!!
Performers included:

L-159 ALCA, Czech Republic Air Force
Mi-24V, Army of the Czech Republic
AW-139M, Italian Air Force
Lynx MK8, Royal Navy UK
Saab J-105 OE, Austrian Air Force
Fly-by of Saab Draken-Viggen-Tunnan-105 from the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight + Czech JAS 39C Gripen
Fly by of different aircraft from LOM Praha (Air Training Center) 3x Zlin Z-142; 2 x Aero L-39C, L-410FG
F-16C Demo Team “Zeus”, Hellenic Air Force
Mig 29AS, Slovak Air Force
JAS-39C  Gripen, Czech Republic Air Force
SK 35C Draken, Swedish Air Force Historic Flight
AJS 37 Viggen, Swedish Air Force Historic Flight
J 29F Tunnan, Swedish Air Force Historic Flight
Orlik 8 x PZL-130TC II, Polish Air Force
Mirage 2000N 2 x Ramex Delta, French Air Force

Military Aircraft on static display:

Saab 105OE, Austrian Air Force

C-130H, Belgian Air Force

F-16AM, Belgian Air Force

BO-105, German Army

C-160, German Air Force

Eurofighter EF-2000, German Air Force

EC-135, Civilian contractor and used by German Navy in lack of airworthy helicopters

AN-26, Hungarian Air Force

AW-139M, Italian Air Force

C-27J Spartan, Lithuanian Air Force

KDC-10, Royal Netherland Air Force

C-130H, Royal Netherland Air Force

TP-84T Hercules, Swedish Air Force

Sikorsky UH-60M (Hkp 16), Royal Swedish Air Force

C-17 Globemaster, NATO Strategic Airlift Capabilty, Papa, Hungary

C-295M, Polish Air Force

AN-28TD Bryza, Polish Air Force

Mig-29UBS, Slovak Air Force

Mil Mi-17, Slovak Air Force

King Air B200, Royal Air Force

Tornado GR4, Royal Air Force

Osprey CV-22B, United States Air Force

KC-135R, United States Air Force

B-52H, United States Air Force

F-16C, United States Air Force

AT-6, Beechcraft

Czech Republic Air Force: Mi-17, C-295M, L-410FG, JAS 39C, L-39ZA, L-159, Mil Mi-35, Mi-171, Aero Vodochody L-39NG (Next Generation Demonstrator)

Report and photography by Wolfgang Jarisch and Peter Thivessen for

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