Čáslav Open Day, 2015

May 23, 2015 was the biannual open day at the Czech air force base in Čáslav, in the central part of the country. While the weather was far from optimal for good photography, there was a good cross section of military and civil types spanning vintage to modern.

Here’s a bit of what was available to be seen on the day:

The old guard, a MiG-21 kept preserved at Čáslav. The Gripen replaced it in Czech service in 2005.
The old guard, a MiG-21 kept preserved at Čáslav. The Gripen replaced it in Czech service in 2005.
Special 10th anniversary tail art on a Czech Gripen.
Special 10th anniversary tail art on a Czech Gripen.
A PZL SW-4 helicopter, a CASA 295 transport and an F-16 fighter in from Poland.
A PZL SW-4 helicopter, a CASA 295 transport and an F-16 fighter in from Poland.
The extremely rare Ae-270 Ibis. This is possibly the only flying example these days.
The extremely rare Ae-270 Ibis. This is possibly the only flying example these days.
A Beech T-34 Mentor and a DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver in the vintage section.
A Beech T-34 Mentor and a DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver in the vintage section.
A Pilatus P.2 and Beach C-45 also in the vintage section.
A Pilatus P.2 and Beach C-45 also in the vintage section.
A Swedish Gripen getting airborne.
A Swedish Gripen getting airborne.
A special 10 ship Gripen formation to mark a decade of the type in Czech service.
A special 10 ship Gripen formation to mark a decade of the type in Czech service.
A Czech CASA 295 transport pulls up from a touch-and-go landing.
A Czech CASA 295 transport pulls up from a touch-and-go landing.
This Z-37T AgroTurbo put in one of the more spirited performances on the day.
This Z-37T AgroTurbo put in one of the more spirited performances on the day.
A Spitfire Mk.XVI taxiing back from its performance.
A Spitfire Mk.XVI taxiing back from its performance.
A Belgian F-16 taxis back after an incredible solo routine.
A Belgian F-16 taxis back after an incredible solo routine.
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