Pardubice Aviation Fair, 2016

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A pair of Pardubice based Aero L-39 Albatros trainers take off in preparation for the show’s opening flypast.

May 28 and 29 of 2016 bring us this year’s annual edition of the Pardubice Aviation Fair. A largely civilian event, with heavy emphasis on the vintage end of things; this year’s edition was no different.

The weather was mostly sunny and hot, so heat distortion was an issue in photo taking, though we did get a downpour of rain towards the end of the show in the late afternoon on the 28th.

Here’s a sampling of was was on hand on the day:

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A very rare example of an airworthy Mráz M-1 Sokol. The Sokol was designed in secret during the Second World War and was Czechoslovakia’s first post war aircraft.
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An example of the immortal Douglas Dakota made an appearance.
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This Catalina flying boat came in from the UK.
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Red Bull seems to be bringing more machines to the event every year. This former Luftwaffe Alpha Jet trainer was part of their contribution this year.
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A Spitfire takes off for a performance early in the show.
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A Czechoslovak interwar product, the Beneš-Mráz Be-50 Beta Minor was first flown in 1935.
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This Mil Mi-24/35 Hind was part of the small modern military flight display.
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This flypast from a Yakovlev Yak-40 was a welcome sighting of an increasingly rare aircraft type in European skies.
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A Messerschmitt Me-262 fighter returning to the flight line after a spirited performance.
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The Catalina was joined by a Grumman Avenger.
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The Avenger, moments before landing.
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