In the early morning of Thursday 27 June a group of seven people had gathered at Amsterdam airport for a trip to Bulgaria. Only a few weeks before it became clear that the Bulgarian Air Force would host an open house at Graf Ignatievo Air Base to celebrate the 20th anniversary of flying the Bell 206, 30th of the MiG-29 and even the 40th for the Mi-24. Because the Bulgarian Air Force hardly shows up across the border on shows, and organises very few shows themselves, the group was wondering what to expect.
After a smooth flight to Sofia, the last three participants joined the group. Soon the group was on its way to the first stop, the National Museum of Military History. After a short delay due to a fried navigation system (yes, it was hot upon arrival) the group still had plenty of time to enjoy the 20 or so aircraft and helicopters on display.
Next stop was the city of Plovdiv, where the group would stay for two days. Seeing Plovdiv was a pleasant surprise for many, with the remaining traces of its Roman background. Close to Plovdiv are both Krumovo and Graf Ignatievo, so an easy decision was made for the Friday.