The NATO Days have been on our radar for years but this year we finally had a tour to this show in the Eastern part of Czechia. A group of 6 photographers travelled to the show, while two other 4Aviation customers took the opportunity to photograph the arrivals air-to-air.
Four of the 6 photographers travelled to Katowice in Poland on Thursday 14 September for the first part of the journey. After an easy flight we picked up our 5th member of the group and our rental van. Before we knew it we were close to Ostrava. Noteworthy is that the display line at Ostrava is in a 90 Degree angle with the runway. This means that during rehearsals, photography is very good at the Western part of the airfield as you are at show-centre and the sun is in your back. Little after lunchtime we arrived at the right spot for photography and we were treated with great demonstrations of, amongst others, the French Mirage 2000s, Slovak MiG-29, Hungarian Gripen and two Czech L-159s. In the meantime several support aircraft arrived plus some participants for the show. Our sixth member of the group had joined us in the meantime making the group complete. Before we knew it the day was over and the general conclusion was that it was good!