|Close to the historic city center of Varazdin lies a quiet airstrip, home to a Diamond Aircraft parts manufacturing location. It is also the venue for the Croatian International Airshow Varazdin, Croatia’s largest airshow.
The show takes place over two days. Thanks to its location near the border with Hungary and Slovenia, it attract audience and participants from several nations. The public area is smaller than you might expect at an international airshow, but is large enough to host the public in comfort.
There are some trade stands selling aviation gadgets, food and drinks in addition to a small fun fair. Interestingly, the prices for, for instance, water vary between the different stands so it is worthwhile to have a stroll and compare the catering offering.
The GA-displays included an EDA-100 Flamingo, an HTO-Sport gyrocopter and a Seawind 3000 amphibian.
The Croatian airforce took part with their loud Mig-21UMD in special livery, which even landed at Varazdin to join the static display, and the incomparable Krila Oluje display team. Joining them in the flying display was the Hungarian air force JAS-39 Gripen, flying in from its homebase at Kecskemet.
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On Sunday, the forecast thunderstorms didn’t appear fortunately, but it did throw a spanner in the flying display programme which was moved forward to the original schedule, and which also became a fair bit shorter with several participants returning home just after lunch to make sure they made it home before the weather got in the way, which in the end, it never did.
The variety of the show made it a worthwhile visit, despite some late cancellations like the Slovenian PC-9 display. Combined with the historic city of Varazdin, there was plenty to enjoy the weekend in Croatia!
by Chris Janssens
Lay-out and content by Chris Janssens, 2005 - present