|Moving away from its late July slot to a date in late August in 2019 was the largest airshow in Romania, the Bucharest International Airshow, a large aerial spectacular held just outside downtown Bucharest at the airport of Baneasa. Still, the show managed to keep up its attraction.
2018 saw a significant portion of the flying display filled with foreign military aircraft, but the Romanian air force was severely curtailed following lethal accidents weeks before the show, which meant that two of their popular solo-displays were unable to take to the skies. In 2019, the Romanian air force back at full strength at the show, which meant the show was once again of high interest to both the home crowd and foreign visitors alike.
Most acts fly twice or even more during the day. Some also have a separate pyrotechnic routine to perform during or after sunset. With the Romanian air force back at full strength, the civilian displays which included quite a few foreign ones, were joined by breathtaking solo displays and mass flypasts by aircraft from the Romanian air force, once again including the Mig-21 and IAR-99, and even the An-32!
Entrance to the show is free. Visitors are advised to come by public transport as the show does not have a parking space for visitors.
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As it gets dark, the music volume is turned up as the show turns into a dance party with aircraft, culminating in a rock concert when the flying display ends. This creates an interesting ambiance during the sunset airshow adding to the enjoyment of the single-day event.
With Bucharest so easily reachable from anywhere in Europe and the Romanian air force presenting its full and often rare active inventory, this show should be on any enthusiastís list in combination with a day in the Romanian capital and some of its museums.
|Report by Chris Janssens
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