Yesterday saw me visit the 2018 edition of the annual airshow in Pardubice, Czech Republic.
The weather was hot and sunny with a few clouds and a constant breeze to cool things down a bit, but only a bit.
As 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the former Czechoslovakia, that event figured into the theme of this year’s show as the year also marks 100 years of Czech aviation.
As always with the Pardubice show, civilian and vintage aircraft are the focus with modern military aircraft taking a smaller part in the action.
This year had slightly bittersweet feel to it as 2018 marks the end of the Mil Mi-2 “Hoplite” helicopter’s Czech service career. The Mi-2s at Pardubice were the last of the type still flying in Czech hands and are in the process of being replaced by the Enstrom 480. While it certainly was sad to see such a distinctive aircraft as the Mi-2 bow out, the main role of Pardubice is flight training and they must have modern machines to carry out their jobs.
Some regular attendees of the show were notable in their absence. However, there were some new faces to fill in the gaps.
Here’s some of the action: