On Thursday 3 May, KADEX was to open its gates and we wanted to be there on time. The bus arrived at the hotel on time within half an hour we were at the entrance of the military part of Astana (and KADEX). From the entrance we had already spotted 3 MiG-29 and a number of L-39s.So, after collecting our entry badges we headed straight for these aircraft. The appeared to be just outside the KADEX-premises. We headed for the static display, that contained one aircraft of all fighter types the Kazakhstan Air Force operates (and some civil aircraft and company demonstrators). Soon, all were busy capturing a Kazakhstan Air Force MiG-31. After a visit to the press tent it became apparent that the opening of the event was to take place late afternoon (when president Nazarbayev would be there). Just past the static some Mi-17s were parked in the grass and, after obtaining permission, these could be photographed from close by. Since there were hardly any photographers/spotters, it was possible to move rather freely, also close to the flight line, during the entire event. We stayed close to the Mi-17 for the remainder of the day, awaiting the opening event and the air show relate to that. The air show (as far as the Kazakhstan Air Force is concerned) consisted of some Mi-17s, six L-39s, two MiG-29s, two MiG-31 and four Su-27s. These were are very welcome, but the flares-dump by the Flankers and the pair of Foxhounds made everybody smile even more than they already did. This smile would not go away for the rest of the tour. More than happy, despite the strong winds and clouds, all took their seats in the bus on the way to the hotel. Diner was enjoyed in a restaurant with weird decoration but fine food. The beers, Hoegaarden Wit, tasted fine and were very affordable.