On Thursday 2 June, around 4 AM, we arrived in Astana where the customs formalities went very smoothly and the luggage and the bus were soon found. So at around 05:30 we were already in the hotel of this this city with its spectacular architecture. After a few hours relaxing and a breakfast it was time to head for the airport at around 9 o’clock where the Kazakhstan Defence Exhibition (KADEX) was being held. Because there was hardly anything known about the program, most were curious to find out what the show would bring this year. At the visitors centre, near the entrance, the 30 passes for the show days were prepared quickly and we were walking the showground well 10 AM. The static again this year consisted of an assortment of Kazakhstan aircraft including a new Su-30SM and some Russian factory helicopters and Yak-130. There was a lot of excitement when a row of aircraft tails was noted in a new area around the corner. These appeared to belong to six beautiful blue Su-27s and two grey Su-30SMs of the Kazakhstan air force! With our access cards access was gained to the area where the Sukhois were. This was possible because of the nearby hangar that contained a small static display with an Air Force An-72, C295, EC145 and Su-25. At first it was not allowed to take photos in this area. But after half an hour, this was already not a problem in the hangar anymore and half an hour after that platform photos were allowed as well (as long as we did not go onto the platform). The Sukhois were worked on a lot, but during the day it became clear that the opening of KADEX would take place in the evening in the presence of President Nazarbayev. The Sukhois would perform during this opening and there was an anti-terror demonstration of the Army. Because this would start at about half past eight in the evening several participant preferred the hotel over the opening of the show. Most had been awake for more than thirty hours and just wanted a restaurant and a bed. For those who wanted to stay an extra bus was arranged so they could return to the hotel. The opening ceremony proved to be worth the wait. The group was allowed to remain at the flight line so beautiful pictures could be taken of the blue Flankers being lit by the platform lighting.